Nokia, Vodacom take Asha to Tanzania
TELECOMS| July 21, 2012, 12:22 p.m.
By Hudson Kazonta, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Vodacom Tanzania and Nokia they have entered into a joint promotion that will see the introduction of two new mobile phones to the market.
The mobile phones, which are targeting the youth market in the country, are the Nokia Asha 200 and Nokia Asha 302.
Vodacom will run a campaign that will see Nokia Asha 200, a data enabled device for young professionals, sell at Tsh149,999 and Nokia Asha 302, the first to offer Mail for Exchange, sell at Tsh 219,999.
Customers will get double airtime and internet bundle for free to be used within 7 days for six months once they top up either Tsh1,000, Tsh2,000 or Tsh 5,000 for the first time. Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia will also be accessed for free.
According to Vodacom Tanzania the campaign will aim at maintaining and growing Vodacom's market share and leadership, adding that the youth form a big percentage of the population of Tanzania, hence the need to give them affordable services and products.
There will be regular countrywide activations, which will enable many customers to be reached, and this is one of the many launches Vodacom Tanzania has planned for this year.
The Nokia Asha range of mobile phones offer consumers integrated social networking, entertainment and thousands of apps at their finger-tips.
They also provide consumers with freedom of choice when it comes to design, colour, form factor and price - many compelling reasons for consumers to buy.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Nigeria’s GSM subscribers now at 130mNigeria’s GSM subscriber figures have hit the 130 million mark, the Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr Eugene Juwah has said. Read More
Kenya launches phase 2 of national fibre projectDr Fred Matiangi, cabinet secretary at Kenya’s Ministry of ICT, has launched phase two of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) project, which looks to ease communication across counties and improve government service delivery. Read More
MACRA welcomes new DGThe Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) has a new Director General, Mr. Andrew Kumbatira. Read More
Safaricom welcomes security scrutiny of SIM overlay technologySafaricom has welcomed the Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya’s decision to give tentative approval to the roll out of the SIM overlay technology. Read More
NCA urged to fight the rise of SIM Boxing in GhanaGhana’s National Communication Authority is being urged to consider reducing or taking away indefinitely the 19 cent being charged on international calls into the country. Read More
Vodacom: no plans to sell SA telecoms towersVodacom currently has no intention of selling its tower infrastructure in South Africa in spite of the continent-wide trend towards leasing rather than owning towers, saying the market drivers in the country are different to elsewhere in Africa. Read More
Vodacom Congo outgoing, new boss meet DRC Prime MinisterOutgoing Vodacom Congo Managing Director, South African-born Godfrey Motsa, last week went to the Office of DRC Prime Minister Matata Ponyo to say good bye and thanks as his term at the helm of the mobile operator ended this month. Read More
Tigo Ghana upgrades Customer Support CentresAs part of efforts to offer its customers highly interactive and a more satisfying experience, telecom service provider, Tigo, says it is upgrading its customer support centres to ‘Customer Experience Centres’. Read More
Vodacom Congo to extend coverage to Central DRCMobile operator Vodacom is preparing to extend its network coverage to the central regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More
FEATURED STORYMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers
Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHiProcure delivers inputs to farmers’ doorsteps using ICTs
An innovation dubbed iProcure is already being used by several agro input firms which are now relying on it to distribute their products to farmers.
COMPANY NEWSSchneider Electric signs exclusive off-grid solar distribution agreement with Zimbabwean firm
Schneider Electric has announced the signing of an exclusive agreement with Samansco, a Zimbabwean renewable energy, back-up power and appropriate technology company.SAP Innovation Helps The Global Fund Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria in Africa
Extending a longstanding partnership, SAP is a founding member of The Global Fund’s new Innovation Coalition to support disease prevention and treatment.