The world’s largest handset vendor Nokia today announced the commercial launch of its Nokia Life Tools service in India, aimed at providing agriculture, education and entertainment services for rural and small town communities. Following a pilot in the state of Maharashtra, the service will be rolled out first in Maharashtra in partnership with the Maharashtra State Agricultural Marketing Board. Life Tools will initially be available on the Nokia 2323 classic and 2330 classic devices, and will be later expanded to other handsets. Life Tools is part of Nokia’s emerging markets strategy and will be rolled out in other countries across Asia and Africa later this year. Another new emerging market service touted by Nokia is Ovi Mail, which provides the ability to create an email account without the need to use a personal computer.
In separate Nokia news, Dow Jones Newswires reports that the Finnish company is planning to roll out its music service ‘Comes with Music’ in the US and new Asian markets, although specific details were not revealed. Meanwhile the vendor is reported to be developing a phone that recharges itself without mains electricity. A report in The Guardian claims that a new prototype charging system from the company is able to power itself on nothing more than ambient radiowaves – weak TV, radio and mobile phone signals.