Israel's kosher phone

Rabbi with cellphone

An Israeli wireless carrier called MIRS Communication is offering a line of Motorola cellphones that have been modified to make them more appealing to the country's community of ultra-Orthodox Jews. For starters, all the phones carry a stamp of approval from rabbinical authorities. Then, to make sure the phones comply with all of the dictates of the ultra-Orthodox faith, all Internet access, SMS text messaging, video, and voice mail have been disabled on the phones. And in case that isn't enough, the carrier's calling plan offers really low charges for calls to other subscribers within the network and really high charges for calls outside the network in hopes of discouraging communications with anyone outside the ultra-Orthodox community.