Telekom Networks Malawi partners with KaiOS to introduce an affordable 4G phone

Share

Affordable internet capable devices are always something worth celebrating, even if they aren’t happening in our backyard. This week Telekom Networks Malawi (TNM) partnered with KaiOS Technologies to introduce an affordable 4G capable phone. Last month we reported on the Smart Kambudzi, Econet’s 3G phone which was also in partnership with KaiOS.

Capabilities of the two devices aside, these phones go a long way in addressing the gap in connectivity in Africa. The TNM Smart 4G is fascinating, because 4G adoption is one of those things that Africa has lagged behind on.

Kenya’s Safaricom is addressing the gap by broadening 4G services and offering their customers the Neon Ray Pro. Safaricom customers will pay an initial deposit and then instalments of  KES 20.00 per day (US$0.19) till the balance is settled.

advertisement

The other way is through affordable smartphone enablers like KaiOS. Let’s take a look at what the TNM Smart 4G has got to offer.

TNM Smart 4G specs, price and launch bundle

The Smart 4G has a Mediatek MT6731 chipset which enables the device to have 4G connectivity, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth. The device has a 2.4 inch (6.1 cm) display and 4 GB onboard memory with expandable storage up to 32 GB via microSD. KaiOS also says that the device has a battery that gives around eight hours of talk time.

The device is priced at MK28 000 (US$38.00) and will come with 500 MBs of data, and 150 SMSes. That is a very good entry price and bundles package offer.

We need to see more of this

The march of affordable internet capable goes on. This device is very impressive. Wi-Fi and 4G capability means that even without data, if there is a free Wi-Fi spot somewhere users can still stay connected. I’ve got to hand it to KaiOS, this is one of many partnerships that make devices like these available in countries where to buy a device with features that Smart 4G has is beyond the reach of many. Here’s hoping we see even more collaborations like this one.

You might also want to read: Econet Smart Kambudzi Review – Close but not close enough


Quick NetOne, Telecel, Africom, And Econet Airtime Recharge

If anything goes wrong, chat with us using the chat feature at the bottom right of this screen

View Comments

  • For those that were saying Econet copied Ixar Mobile's idea now you see that MNO's are doing KaiOS phones all over.

    Cancel reply

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Published by
Valentine Muhamba

Recent Posts

Why you should consider starting your own podcast & what you’ll need to get the ball rolling

Podcasts are among my favourite forms of entertainment. They often fill in the gaps when…

October 30, 2020

SABC wants Netflix users to pay a TV licence because regulation is outdated

When we wrote about SABC's upcoming streaming service we touched on the fact that SABC…

October 30, 2020

Poor service delivery highlighted by SIVIO Institute local governance tracker

A couple of years ago SIVIO Institute launched ZimCitizensWatch which is a tool that tracks…

October 30, 2020

This Zim company is using blockchain tech to prevent use of fake vaccination certificates

At the main bus terminus in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, travellers heading to neighbouring Zambia can…

October 30, 2020

Meet Sika, the app to dial a barber or hairdresser from your home

Alistair Holmes spent a few months at home during that lockdown that left everyone who…

October 30, 2020

Upgrading to Android 11 will break your favourite apps

Google engineers are sometimes like your mother cleaning your room unsolicited. You swear you left…

October 30, 2020