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Bible now available on S.African mobile phones

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African Christians seeking aquick spiritual boost will be able to download the entire bibleon to their mobile telephones phones from Wednesday as part ofa drive to modernize the scriptures.

The South African wing of the non-denominationalInternational Bible Society, which translates and distributesthe Bible, said mobile phone users with the right type of phonecould download the whole bible in either English or Afrikaansusing the text messaging function SMS.

“The Virtual Bible will enable the Bible Society to supplythe Bible to every modern cell phone user in a fast andaffordable format,” Rev. Gerrit Kritzinger, chief executive ofthe Bible Society in South Africa, said in a statement.

The Bible Society hopes the gimmick, which costs 40 rand($5.43), will appeal to young people in mobile-mad SouthAfrica, where the majority of the population is Christian.

Customers can choose between the traditional King Jamesversion of the bible or more up-to-date translations. Zulu andXhosa version will be available soon and other languages willfollow.

By sending an SMS, customers get the complete Old and NewTestaments as well as a built-in search engine.

The Bible Society provided the content, while ChristianMobile — a South African firm that sells mobile phoneringtones of Christian songs and an “SMS Hopeline” of dailybible verses and prayers — came up with the technology.

The statement said 80 percent of South African phones hadthe 1.2 megabytes of memory needed to receive the Bible andwere java enabled with Internet access.



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Cityscape LocativeLab.org is Ronald Lenz's research website on locative & mobile media. This is mostly an archive of blogposts I find inspiring and interesting and an overview of my work. I'm a strategist, technologist and researcher in the field of Location-Based Mobile Services and work at Waag Society, a medialab in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where I head the Locative Media research program and at 7scenes, a platform for GPS games and tours as creative director. Picture 4 Find me at Twitter, LinkedIn or via ronald [at] waag [dot] org.

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