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ImageHave you been waiting for the Budget to be over before you can buy yourself the hi-tech mobile phone that your friend owns?

Please don't. For, Finance Minister P Chidambaram's Budget proposals do not have any encouraging news for the mobile phone industry.

In fact, mobile phone users would now have to shell out more money for buying new handsets, with the government proposing to levy one per cent excise duty on them.

Image: combo picture shows Indians talking with their mobile phones.