In the coming years the continued introduction of low-cost smartphones will not only play a significant role in bridging the technology gap between feature phone and smartphone users in
This is according to
"As more low-end smartphones enter into the South African market and undercut one another, smartphone sales are likely to plummet." He notes examples of low-cost smartphones that have already entered the SA market such as the Android-powered MTN Steppa, retailing at just R499 and the Vodafone Smart Mini retailing at R799.
He says that internet access is especially needed in rural areas where the introduction of online transactions would benefit consumers economically, preventing them from having to travel long distances to make payments or circumventing poor infrastructure conditions.
Leps adds that currently the lack of internet access is largely what is hindering
"It will take a while before new internet users gain the confidence and experience using online retail sites, to become active online shoppers. However, as internet access improves and the newer generation plays into the future market, the number of experienced users will begin to accelerate and
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