Welcome the thrifty new cocky talker phone
It is perhaps the world’s cheapest mobile phone. It is the latest offering from Hugo Chavez’s socialist revolution. And its name is derived from a slang word for penis. Behold the VERGATORIO!
Venezuela’s president launched the handset on his TV show with a Mother’s Day call to his mum and predicted it would conquer all rivals. “This telephone will be the biggest seller not only in Venezuela but the world,” he said. “Whoever doesn’t have a Vergatario is nothing,” he joked.
Priced just $15 (nearly £10), the phone has a camera, WAP internet access, FM radio and MP3 and MP4 players for music and videos. And it has that oh so suave name. Who knows, maybe it will eventually comes with a free sexting feature…
Why the president chose it remains unclear, but he enunciates each syllable with a grin. Some laugh, others are affronted. Verga is slang for penis and vergatario is a newly minted word which signifies excellent but retains connotations from its root.
The word verga, and variations of it, are associated with Venezuela’s second city, Maracaibo. Residents are famous for swearing and using Spanish verbal constructions uncommon in the rest of Venezuela.
“It’s gross. I can’t believe they named it something so vulgar,” said Leonor Diaz, 52, a conservative minded cleaner. Others however consider the name playful and harmless or fun and funky.
We can’t wait to get our hands on our own penis phone…