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Demand forecast for Gaelic phone

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Young people may be attracted to the new phone

The launch of the first mobile phone for Welsh-speakers could be followed by demand for one in Gaelic, according to the language's development body.

Hugh Dan MacLennan, of Bord na Gaidhlig, said it could be marketed at young Gaels.

The Welsh language Samsung S5600, provided via the Orange network, will be available from September.

The National Eisteddfod festival has also seen the unveiling of an iPhone application for Welsh learners.

Mr MacLennan said: "I suspect they have done it because they believe there is a marketing benefit - it is seen as being cool and attractive to young people."

He said the companies involved also wanted to be seen to be supporting Welsh.

Mr MacLennan added: "I think there is a very strong message there in terms of Gaelic development."

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