Monday 2020-06-01




By Qondile Ntiwane | 2020-01-15

MTN Eswatini customers will be happy to know that the smart phone launched by the company last year still comes with special perks, including 12 months’ worth of free data.

The MTN Smart (smart S 3G) phone is worth E300 and comes with features of an Android smartphone; hence christened a smartphone.

The phone is sold at official MTN outlets and comes with 200MB data received every month for 12 years.

The handset supports popular Applications (Apps) such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

MTN Eswatini Corporate Affairs Manager Mandla Luphondvo said they were happy with the sales of the new phones and would continue selling them to customers.

“This is a flexy product for MTN, hence will continue to sell the phone we with the perks, including the bundle benefits. The phone will retail at the same price even this year,” he said.

He added that they were expecting a batch of about 6 000 phones and invited customers to continue buying them.

“Like we had said before this phone gives everyone an opportunity to own a smartphone hence we invite our customers to continue buying them,” he said.

The phone has two cameras (front and rear), a two-day battery life, 2.4-inch screen, 256MB RAM, and 512MB of storage.

It also supports dual SIM and microSD card with up to 3GB storage space. It also offers users Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity, and Google assistant.

To produce this mobile phone, MTN Group partnered with KaiOS Technologies, a company headquartered in California which specialises in creating a smartphone user experience for feature phones for the rollout of the handsets in 15 countries where MTN operates in Africa, including the Kingdom of Eswatini.  

The phone’s hardware was created by China Mobile, with a faster 3G smart chipset created by Chinese technology company Unisoc.

The tech manufacturer has already worked in Africa for over a decade, with feature phones like South Africa’s MobiCel.

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