Cellphone for Chinese Muslims

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China's official Xinhua News Agency has reported that China Mobile is to start selling a mobile phone designed specifically for China's Turkic Muslim population. The new Uighur compatible phone went on sale last week in the Uighur heartland the strongly Muslim region of northwestern China known as Xinjiang.

The phone was developed by Beijing Capitel, and features Uighur-language menus, text-messaging ability and voice-activated dialing. Chinese and English can be used as backups.

Xinhua quoted Beijing Capitel President Yang Liansi as saying his company hopes the mobile phone "can bring easy access to ethnic Uighurs for their daily communication."

Xinjiang, a vast expanse of arid territory in China's northwest, borders central Asia and is home to more than 9 million Uighurs, most of them Muslim."

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