Nokia unveils 2 low-priced dual SIM phones in Kenya

Nokia has announced that the Dual SIM Nokia X1-01 and Nokia C2-00 are now available for sale in Kenya. Both models offer the most convenient and intuitive experience available for switching between SIM cards – without compromising on features and fun.

“The Nokia X1-01 and Nokia C2-00 pack more memory, better battery life and far richer SIM change and entertainment features than other Dual SIM products currently in the market. In addition to their various unique features, both of these phones remember the settings for up to five separate SIM cards, each of which can be personalized with a dedicated name as well as preferred call, SMS or data settings,” said Gopher Ogembo, Nokia head of sales for Eastern and Southern Africa.

With the Nokia X1-01, one can give each SIM card its own logo, music signature or ringtone. The phone also offers exceptional dual SIM music experience, allowing users to store and shuffle thousands of songs with up to 16 GB of memory support, create one’s own favorite playlists, and play music back over a loudspeaker that is loud and clear.

The phone, which retails for about US $ 41, also features dedicated music side keys and a battery that lasts for up to 36 hours on continued music playback mode.

The Nokia C2-00, touted as the first to dual SIM phone to have easy swap – which offers users the convenience of changing SIM cards without the need to turn off the phone or remove the battery. To swap SIM cards on the phone, all a user needs to do is to open the SIM door at the side of the phone and swap the SIMs, meaning that it does away with the need to wait for the phone to reboot.

The phone retails for about US $ 70 and has 32 GB of expandable memory, thereby enabling users to keep thousands of photos, videos and music files.

The two devices are available through authorized retail stores but not within mobile service providers resale outlets as the network operators do not stock dual SIM hadnsets.

In an earlier interview, Nokia’s general manager for Eastern and Southern Africa Ken Oyolla said that the dual SIMs would be sold via the market open market, not though network operators resale outlets.

“We have a deliberate dependence with network operators meaning that we opt to work with them, not that we cannot do without them. Most of our sales – over 50 per cent – happens via the open channel. The handsets also offer flexibility and choice to users,” said Oyolla, adding that there is demonstrable demand for dual SIMs which is driven by drop in call rates and per second billing.

Nokia’s introduction of dual SIM handsets follows that of Samsung and LG, and is meant to tackle the influx into the country of counterfeit dual SIM devices that are slowly gaining popularity with users who do not know the distinction between genuine and counterfeit.

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