Huawei launched their new flagship device the P8 at an event in London this week. The latest device features a 5.2 inch HD screen, a 13 MP camera and an 8 core - 64 bit processor. It weighs just 144g and is only 6.4mm thick. The P8 is made out of metal and glass and has a premium feel when holding it. It is expected to go on sale in South Africa in June at a price point of around R7 000. Huawei also unveiled a larger phablet sized device - the P8 Max.
MTN has announced it will join Cell C and Vodacom in increasing the prices of many of its products, including existing contract packages. Vodacom’s recent announcement that it would raise subscription fees mid-contract resulted in consumer backlash, with some questioning the legality of the hikes. When it revealed the new prices of its various products, MTN said rising input costs compelled it to make these changes. Like Cell C and Vodacom, MTN pointed to Eskom load shedding as a major contributor to increased costs, saying it has had to invest in generators and back-up batteries to power its base stations during power outages.
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In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.
Cell phones are pervasive in the region. In 2002, roughly one-in-ten owned a mobile phone in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. Since then, cell phone ownership has grown exponentially. Today, cell phones are as common in South Africa and Nigeria as they are in the United States. Smartphones (those that can access the internet and applications) are less widely used, though significant minorities own these devices in several nations, including 34% of South Africans.
This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 17 April 2015