Chennai: Finnish mobile-manufacturer Nokia is set to introduce a ‘dual sim’ phone in Indian marked, a company official said on Thursday.

"We will be introducing the dual-sim phone very soon (in India). The new model would be produced at the Chennai facility," Nokia India Operations Director (Chennai Factory) Prakash Katama told reporters here.

After entering India in 2006, Nokia has crossed the 500 million mobile phone manufacturing level at its Chennai plant. The company began producing basic handsets with an investment of USD 150 million.

"In June, 2010, we crossed the 400 million mark and now we are proud to announce (that) 500 million mobile phones were manufactured from our facility," he said.

The company, which initially began with producing the basic 1100 model at the factory, currently manufactures 21 models at the plant, including QWERTY and touch models.

"This has become the largest mobile manufacturing site for Nokia. We have about 8,000 employees at our facility, with 70 per cent constituting women," he said.

The handsets made at the facility range from basic to middle-end phones (priced up to Rs 7,000), he said.

On the 500th million mobile phone launched on Thursday, Nokia India Communications Director Poonam Kaul said their brand ambassador -- Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan -- signed the phone, which would be available for bidding by prospective buyers through an e-auction at www.nokia500million.com.

The winner would get the mobile phone personally signed by the actor himself, she said.

Asked on their restructuring plans, in which there could be about 300 job cuts in India, Katama later said that 300 job cuts would be done in India by end of 2012. "It is likely to be minimal (in India)," he said.

Nokia currently has 10 manufacturing facilities in nine countries. From the Chennai facility alone, Nokia exports to over 100 countries, which account for 50 per cent of production.

(Agencies)