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Israeli company MIRS Communication is now offering certified kosher phones, approved by rabbinical authorities to be used by those in Orthodox Jewish communities. The phones are Motorola handsets that have had all but the most basic services trimmed away, tossing out internet access, SMS, and any sort of extra applications, to help minimize the potential for "corrupting influences."

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Kosher certification doesn't allow most of the Orthodox to use the phones on the Sabbath, however, since many feel that the completion of an electrical circuit is 'building,' an act that is forbidden. Rumors that an updated version of the V3 RAZR will be certified and rebranded as the V3 BRIS seem to be based on an incomplete tip.

Kosher phone taps into new market for mobiles [TimesOnline via Textually]