Nokia India Manufactures 500 mn Handsets – New Dual SIM Phone Soon

Nokia today announced that its manufacturing facility at Sriperumbudur, Chennai (India) has crossed production of 500 million handsets, marking a significant milestone for the company’s manufacturing operations in India and globally.

Nokia India also announced that it will introduce the all new Dual-SIM GSM Mobile Phone very soon in the Indian market. According to Mr. Prakash Katama, Director – Chennai Factory Operations, Nokia India,The new dual SIM GSM handset would be produced at the Chennai facility.

Celebrating the milestone : As part of its celebrations, the 500th million phone by Nokia India Unit – a Nokia C3-00 – will be specially autographed by Nokia’s brand ambassador Shahrukh Khan, and be available for auction to consumers through http://nokia500million.com. Nokia will match the amount raised through the auction, and the total proceeds will be donated by Nokia to a charity. The auction will begin today and end on 15th May 2011.

Besides becoming the proud owner of the specially endorsed milestone phone, Nokia will also host the highest bidder to watch the IPL 4 cricket match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in Kolkata on May 22, 2011. The winner will personally receive the 500th million device from Shahrukh Khan.

Nokia also announced today that all the employees at its Chennai manufacturing facility will be gifted with a Nokia C3-00 as a gesture of appreciation for contributing towards achieving this milestone.

Nokia’s success in Chennai (India) :

Nokia’s Chennai manufacturing facility is recognized as a catalyst to the development of electronics manufacturing in the Chennai region, and a key catalyst to mobile handsets manufacturing in India. Nokia was the first global telecom company to setup a plant in India to produce mobile phones, by starting the Chennai facility in January, 2006.

Nokia’s Chennai plant crossed 1 million handsets production in March, 2006. Initially aimed to serve the needs of the rapidly growing Indian market, approximately 50 percent of the current production today is consumed domestically and the rest is exported to 100 countries including the Middle East and Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, North America and Europe.

Nokia’s Chennai facility is based on global standards and can efficiently manage production of all types of Nokia handsets. Some recent models produced at the facility include Nokia X2, C3, 2690 and Nokia 5130. With the completion of Phase III of the operations, the Chennai facility’s built up space now covers over 90,000 sq. metres.

This Article Was Written By: Sanjay Bafna

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Sanjay Bafna is an entrepreneur and National Editor at TelecomTALK covering Mobile Operators, 3G, Broadband, 4G, LTE, Telecom Policies & Regulations and Mobile Phones. He is well known Telecom and Mobile Analyst, Love Tea and Chocolates.

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  • rajiev May 11, 2011 3:21 pm, 3:21 PM

    nokia update it’s symbian 3 homescreen

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  • Amit.G May 8, 2011 9:05 am, 9:05 AM

    As per my experience the most durable phones of nokia for the year 2008-09 were 6030 and 2626. still i use my 2year old 2626 whic gives back up of 4days or 5hours of talktime (uninor network 1800mhz). Phone fell so many times. The impact was so hard that even battery came out many times. Still tier is no issue of ear piece tearing nor loud speaker or signal reception problem. This phone is manufactured in chennai plant. Great in reception and voice quality.

    Reply
  • Keshav Jha May 7, 2011 10:54 pm, 10:54 PM

    Now a days people want dual SIM pones and for that Nokia is not an option.

    Reply
  • rahul May 7, 2011 7:48 pm, 7:48 PM

    @Vicky
    samsung moves to no. 1 position in western europe by replacing NOKIA who ws market leader since 1990 in his home market…

    courtsy:times of india.

    m egarly waiting for this to happen in india :)

    Reply
  • Vicky May 7, 2011 1:31 pm, 1:31 PM

    Nokia is always a manufacturer of quality phones
    even though their low end phones are nowadays having bad hardware due to price competition with low hardware quality company like samsung

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 7, 2011 12:46 pm, 12:46 PM

    @Tremerin Dsouza
    Yes ur right..

    Reply
  • Tremerin Dsouza May 7, 2011 12:39 pm, 12:39 PM

    Abhijit :

    Amit.G :
    @Anandh
    Dude i just now went through the news, They switched off the machine & broke open the lids, took her to hospital where she died… Wat crap u told us man!! when she died in hospital then its proven that they have tried to save her. She was unauthorized to open the machine doors & tat too she had opened by keeping the machine on, when she sreamed the coworkers switched it off broke the parts of machine & took her to hospital..

    Thanks for the clarification.. well provide us also that link
    @Amit.G

    they even declared a holiday in her rememberence.1 day for nokia means crores of rupees so how can we blame them.

    Reply
  • Vijay May 7, 2011 12:02 pm, 12:02 PM

    This production details and quality outcome tells outside world that india will become hubspot for manufacturing as well

    Reply
  • rajiev May 7, 2011 9:28 am, 9:28 AM

    Amit.G :
    @rajiev
    No company can do like that buddy, Indian Labour Act will take strict action & infact close the plant if life of a person is not valued & upon that would u believe that just 2crores will matter to a company whos profit is 117.4 billion rupees??

    true!

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 9:58 pm, 9:58 PM

    why TT is not posting the link that posted??

    Reply
  • Kiran May 6, 2011 9:55 pm, 9:55 PM

    @Amit.G
    Thanks Amit for clearing the misconception. That fool tried to spread some fake information and spoil name of nokia. I love nokia. It is the best mobile company offering quality mobiles that last many years.

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 9:52 pm, 9:52 PM

    @Abhijit
    articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2010-11-02/chennai/28257951_1_sriperumbudur-mobile-handset-nokia

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 9:45 pm, 9:45 PM

    @rajiev
    No company can do like that buddy, Indian Labour Act will take strict action & infact close the plant if life of a person is not valued & upon that would u believe that just 2crores will matter to a company whos profit is 117.4 billion rupees??

    Reply
  • Vikas May 6, 2011 9:41 pm, 9:41 PM

    @Manoj Thakur
    If you are not happy with Nokia phones than you deserve hate for them. And first you should make sure that the above said crap comment is true.

    What i think is just a rant.

    And that guy is Nokia hatter

    Reply
  • Abhijit May 6, 2011 8:07 pm, 8:07 PM

    Amit.G :
    @Anandh
    Dude i just now went through the news, They switched off the machine & broke open the lids, took her to hospital where she died… Wat crap u told us man!! when she died in hospital then its proven that they have tried to save her. She was unauthorized to open the machine doors & tat too she had opened by keeping the machine on, when she sreamed the coworkers switched it off broke the parts of machine & took her to hospital..

    Thanks for the clarification.. well provide us also that link

    @Amit.G

    Reply
  • rajiev May 6, 2011 8:07 pm, 8:07 PM

    good work bro@Amit.G

    Reply
  • Kanaga Deepan N May 6, 2011 8:06 pm, 8:06 PM

    rohan :
    Dual sim ? What abt dual stand by ?

    Good question…

    Reply
  • rajiev May 6, 2011 8:05 pm, 8:05 PM

    i think it couldn’t be happend@kanna

    Reply
  • Abhijit May 6, 2011 7:50 pm, 7:50 PM

    Anandh :
    In this same factory last year a girl was died inside a machine. They could saved the girl but they refused to break, because it costs around 2 crores. The girl died slowly with her head locked in the machine and struggled for more than half an hour. The company compensated the girls family with 10 lakh rupees. See how the life of INDIANS were worth for them.

    If this is true then I will also stop buying Nokia phones and also not recommend to family & freinds..

    Reply
  • rohan May 6, 2011 7:50 pm, 7:50 PM

    Dual sim ? What abt dual stand by ?

    Reply
  • John May 6, 2011 7:50 pm, 7:50 PM

    Airtel is rock in kolkata. Mara gar ma 18to25 kbps speed milti hy.

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 7:48 pm, 7:48 PM

    @Anandh
    Dude i just now went through the news, They switched off the machine & broke open the lids, took her to hospital where she died… Wat crap u told us man!! when she died in hospital then its proven that they have tried to save her. She was unauthorized to open the machine doors & tat too she had opened by keeping the machine on, when she sreamed the coworkers switched it off broke the parts of machine & took her to hospital..

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 7:42 pm, 7:42 PM

    @Anandh
    Oh God!!! If this is true then ill stop buying nokia phones… Pls can u share the link??

    Reply
  • Abhijit May 6, 2011 7:40 pm, 7:40 PM

    First launch Nokia C2-00 dual sim mobile which was told that it will launch around Diwali period(i.e around October- November 2010) but till date Nokia C2-00 is not available in Indian market…
    And now again playing game with consumers that new Dual sim phone soon!!!

    Reply
  • Manoj Thakur May 6, 2011 7:14 pm, 7:14 PM

    @Anandh
    If it’s true then I hate Nokia….

    Reply
  • Anandh May 6, 2011 6:59 pm, 6:59 PM

    In this same factory last year a girl was died inside a machine. They could saved the girl but they refused to break, because it costs around 2 crores. The girl died slowly with her head locked in the machine and struggled for more than half an hour. The company compensated the girls family with 10 lakh rupees. See how the life of INDIANS were worth for them.

    Reply
  • Shiva May 6, 2011 6:49 pm, 6:49 PM

    Well done nokia.

    Reply
  • Amit.G May 6, 2011 6:39 pm, 6:39 PM

    Thats great news by nokia. waiting for windows mobile from nokia. For dual sim samsung is the best one!!!

    Reply
  • kanna May 6, 2011 6:22 pm, 6:22 PM

    waiting eagerly for an Nseries Dual sim phone !

    Reply

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