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Finnish giant, Nokia has recently launched the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit, which provides users with “free and environmentally friendly electricity for mobile phones,” Nokia said. Consisting of a charger and dynamo, the unit also provides a holder to secure the phone to the bike.

Many mobile phone users though are speculating that Nokia’s latest release is nothing more than a gimmick. While it may not connect to existing dynamo systems or power other makers’ phones with its non-standard 2mm charging jack, we’re giving it the benefit of the doubt. Numerous developing markets where bicycle power is more prevalent, use Nokia and its older models, which don’t use micro-USB jacks.

“Bicycles are the most widespread means of transport in many markets around the world, so this is just one more benefit to be gained from an activity people are already doing,” said Nokia vice president, Alex Lambeek.  “This is a great solution to a real challenge, whether people will use it due to limited access to electricity, or to be more environmentally responsible.”

Not only aiming at emerging markets, Nokia’s Bicycle Charger Kit is looking into developed countries. Think Amsterdam and Berlin where bicycles are used as a more effective, cheaper and greener means of transport.

An approximate speed of 6 km/h will need to be maintained in order to provide sufficient energy for effective charging. And according to Nokia’s guide, a cyclist completing a 10-minute journey at 10 km/h will produce enough power for 28-minutes of talk time or 37-hours of standy time.

First released in Kenya at £12.50 (S$25.60) the Nokia Bicycle Charger Kit will be available in stores worldwide by the end of 2010 and might be a little pricier in more developed markets.

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