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More Low Cost Smartphones From MTN

August 12, 2014

Mthulisi Sibanda

MTN, the mo bile network operator, disclosed plans to introduce more low-cost smartphones into the South African market following the success of the MTN Steppa.

The entry level Android smartphone, which retails at R499, was introduced at the beginning of the year amid a massive uptake by consumers."The response to the smartphone was very good.

"We are satisfied with the performance of the MTN Steppa, with hundreds of thousands sold," Sifiso Dabengwa, MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer, said in Johannesburg after the presentation of the company's financial results for the half-year ended June 30 2014.

"However, it is not only about the MTN Steppa. There are other low-cost entry level smartphones that we are planning to bring into the markets.

These will be in the R500-R600 pricing range," added Dabengwa.

The MTN Steppa smartphone sports a 3.5-inch touch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 1GHz single-core CPU, and a 2 MP AF Camera with video recorder.

The device runs Android 2.3.5 (Ginger Bread), which has been modified to include various MTN specific enhancements.

It also boasts the popular BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) instant messaging service.

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Source: AllAfrica

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