Kosher Cell Phones
Basic Cell Phones
I've heard of kosher food but had never heard of kosher cell phones until the other day while listening to NPR. In the United Kingdom, some very religious Jewish community members have taken the example of keeping food pure to a new level. They now offer kosher cell phones.
This quote is from the NPR broadcast:
"Among the Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, there is concern that cell phones with certain features could lead to immodesty among its community members. In an effort to combat that, but make cell phones available still, the community's rabbis have decided to review and kosher certify certain phones with limited features."
Kosher Cell Phones
"The rabbinate was very concerned that
cell phones with texting facility
should not be used by youngsters,"
said Rabbi Chanoch Kesselman.
Cell Phones without the Bells and Whistles
Cell Phones for Talking Only
The desire for the Jewish community to keep some cell phones free of features that they deem unhealthy or unnecessary and that can lead to temptation is becoming more popular worldwide.
According to Reuters, in Israel "Hundreds of thousands of mobile phones, popularly dubbed kosher because they block access to services frowned upon by ultra-Orthodox rabbis, have been operating in the Jewish state for years."
Basic Cell Phone - Snapfon ezONE-C Senior Cell Phone
This is a basic cell phone without all the bells and whistles. You can make and receive calls. That's it. The features of this basic cell phone are along the lines of those offered in kosher cell phones.
Stripped Down Cell Phones Are Called Kosher Cell Phones
"So the rabbinate decided to grant certain cell phones official approval, calling them kosher - a system that has been most well-known for its use in food. The kosher phones are stripped down devices that can only receive and make calls. It helps the community feel more comfortable about choosing a phone, he said, much like shopping for kosher food."
~from the NPR article
Another Basic Cell Phone - John's Phone "Snow" (White)
This is another basic cell phone made just for talking. It offers no text messaging or camera capabilities. Want to keep it simple? This is the phone for you.
"So no network would come really and make
those changes," Maxi Rose
of Rose Communications said.
"So the changes had to made from the hardware and software in the device, rather than from network level. So the devices are modified. No cameras allowed, no SMS allowed, no Internet allowed."
Cell Phone Holders for the Car
Keep your kosher cell phone or your smartphone safe and handy in the car. Just don't talk on it while driving, please.
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