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It will provide access to pre-approved "kosher" applications, such as those offered by government ministries, banks and health funds, as well as navigation applications such as Waze and communications applications such as WhatsApp.
The haredi-friendly smartphone, developed in consultation with religious leaders, hopes to follow in the footsteps of other "kosher" cellular phones, widely used in the community, that restrict access to potentially religiously problematic material.
The advent of a religiously acceptable smartphone could be a boon to ultra-Orthodox businessmen who are barred from accessing the same real-time conveniences a smartphone offers that competitors have.
The modified phone is targeted toward the pragmatic, business- oriented side of the community, and may not meet the standards of the more extreme haredi factions.
Last year, a leading haredi rabbi, Haim Kanievsky, published a pronouncement on the front page of Yated Ne'eman, an influential haredi newspaper, forbidding the use of iPhones. With its Internet connection and access to corrupting information, the device had the destructive potential of a weapon of war, he wrote.
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The phone, expected to hit the shelves on Tuesday, is a modified Nexus 4, which is able to make phone calls and send text messages, but has limited Web browser capabilities.