|Mi-Fone to launch low-cost dual-SIM handsets in SA|
Thursday, 09 June 2011 15:01
A new low-cost dual-SIM cellphone will allow consumers throughout Africa to easily switch between different operators without having to swap out devices or handsets first.
Africans who are weighed down by lugging around two cellphones in order to avoid paying high inter-connect rates when calling a different network, will soon be able to ditch one of their phones without dropping the cost saving habit.
Mi-Fone, the company that specialises in manufacturing inexpensive mobile phones for the African market, announced the launch of these double-SIM handsets on the continent, where many cellphone users already carry two separate devices to dodge high inter-connect and calling rates and bad coverage.
The new dual-SIM handsets are powered by Mediatek chipsets and include models that will appeal to everyone: from students to socialites to businessmen who always need to be connected. The newly announced models are the ULC Mi320, which has an MP3 player; a higher-end Mi326 loaded with more features and functionality, such as a camera and GPRS connectivity; the ultra slim Java-capable MiQ501 and the MiQ502, which boasts innovative noise suppression software.
Mi-Fone CEO and founder, the Ugandan-born Alpesh Patel, wants to build the Mi-Fone into African Nokia or HTC devices and will have touchscreen Android smartphones at the high end.
Says Patel: “Mi-Fone is taking big steps to ensure quality and superior functionality are not compromised by price. Our exciting alliance with Mediatek confirms that we are serious about being able to deliver the ultimate user experience to the African mass market consumer.”
“We offer an impressive operator distribution strategy across the continent and this partnership solidifies Mi-Fone’s commitment to deliver world-class communication devices at attractive and affordable price points.”
South African consumers can apparently expect to pay from R400 to R3 000 for the smartphone.
For more information, visit the Mi-Fone Web site.
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