Feature phones, described as phones that have limited or no web access and a limited ability to run third-party applications, still make up 32 million of the estimated 40 million cellphones in
Kevin HurwitzSpeaking at the launch of its new feature phone-friendly mobi site,
He added that brands often focus their marketing strategies to meet the growth experienced in the smartphone and tablet segment and in doing so fail to leverage the immense potential of
Benefit from fast service
"As a digital finance company, it is vital that our service is available to all South Africans in need of cash, on the move or otherwise and we believe that no matter what kind of handset you own, you should be able to benefit from our fast, simple and convenient online service."
The mobi site is designed specifically with feature phones in mind to assist the simple application process and user experience. "The advancement of mobile technology has allowed for easier access to information for all South Africans, not just those with smartphones and tablets. The secret to tapping into this ever-growing market is to optimise the user interface so that it can be viewed on all devices and ensuring that users don't incur high data charges by keeping the content simple.
"Our software developers specifically optimised the site so that it would cater for less powerful devices with lower Internet speeds. In addition, the layout has been designed to fit smaller screens and the content has been streamlined to allow for smaller download size, resulting in a significantly smoother experience for users of low-end handsets."
He says that as mobile devices and particularly feature phones become cheaper in
As testament to this growth, he points to latest research by the
"Tailored for their individual needs, feature phones still offer functionality and affordability to many local consumers, With mobile technology evolving daily, there is massive potential to reach consumers via devices such as smartphones and tablets, but disregard the feature phone market at your peril," he concludes.
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