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Lumia 532 dual SIM now in SA

Microsoft has made the Lumia 532 dual SIM smartphone available in South Africa. The device is available exclusively from Cell C for R1 700 and runs Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft has announced the availability of the Lumia 532 dual SIM in South Africa. The device will be available exclusively at Cell C, from R1 699 or on a Smartchat 1GB contract starting at R149 per month for 24 months. Offering the latest Windows Phone 8.1 capabilities at an incredible price, the Lumia 532 delivers a smartphone experience that help people do more on the go.

The Lumia 532 is a quad core smartphone with a premium layered design, glance screen, front facing camera and more memory.

It also offers:

· Switch effortlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration and a front-facing camera.

· Read, review, edit and share on the go with the full Microsoft Office suite pre-installed.

· Keep your photos, videos and Office documents safely backed up with 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.

· Easily manage work and personal correspondence with Microsoft Outlook

· Capture photos quickly and easily with Lumia Camera and take, edit and share great selfies with the front-facing camera and Lumia Selfie app.

· Customize your Home Screen with the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders.

· Stay up-to-date with the best new features through regular Windows updates.

Innovation is for everyone, and we’ve consistently worked to bring meaningful innovation to even more accessible price points,” said Shaun Durandt, general manager of Microsoft Mobile Devices, South Africa. “The Lumia 532 appeals particularly to those looking to buy a smartphone for the first time, with an operating system that is both intuitive and deeply personal.

“With a powerful quad-core processor, smart dual SIM capability, a 5 MP camera, Microsoft’s leading services and such an accessible price makes the Lumia 532 a strong option for our more price conscious customers,” said Craig Kidson Executive Head Consumer Sales, Cell C.

The Lumia 532 will be available in black.

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Phone with 60-day battery

Mi-Fone has announced an affordable smartphone that it says offers up to 60 days of battery life when in standby mode.

Many Africans want to access the Internet but cannot afford a smartphone. In addition, the greatest challenge experienced with smartphone users is that the battery runs out quickly.

In a bid to provide solutions to these challenges, Mi-Fone the first African mobile devices brand has launched the Mi3000 model. This is Africa’s first smart phone with a 60-day battery standby time and using EDGE connectivity.

The Mi 3000 handset boasts a candy bar design with a 2.8‚” touch screen and keypad. Just like all other Mi-Fone handsets, the Mi 3000 also comes with Mi-Apps with some free content that can be downloaded, and Opera Mini as default browser. Other features include a phone directory to store up to 1 000 contacts, 1GB of on-board memory and 256MB RAM.

Commenting on the new entrant in the market, Mi-Fone CEO Alpesh Patel said that the Mi 3000 has the upper hand of long battery life, which is one of the greatest challenges for most competing brands.

‚”A lot of consumers are using their device to access the Internet and resource hungry applications, which in tern quickly drains the battery. The Mi 3000 addresses these concerns in a cost effective manner.‚”

Mi-Fone has already differentiated itself from other low-cost handset manufacturers with its focus on music, local talent and its new ‚”Mi-Apps Java‚” store. This will be instrumental in linking the acquisition of local music in capturing revenue streams, which are often lost to piracy.

The Mi 3000 also comes packed with a list of additional features including a 2.75GHz processor, dual-SIM support, a 2MP camera and Bluetooth connectivity.

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Airtime for apps

Vodacom and Research In Motion have announced that Vodacom customers in South Africa can buy apps on the BlackBerry App World by charging the transaction to their contract or prepaid account.

The new billing service will enable Vodacom customers to buy apps with a seamless experience. Vodacom customers will also be offered the flexibility of charging in-app purchases to their regular bill or deducting the costs from their prepaid account, which allows digital goods to be purchased without interrupting the app experience.

‚”We have worked closely with RIM to make this functionality available for our BlackBerry smartphone customers. Once again, Vodacom is improving the customer experience by unlocking the power of its network and services,‚” said Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Vodacom Digital Media.

‚”We’re delighted that Vodacom’s BlackBerry smartphone customers will be able to purchase apps on BlackBerry App World and conveniently charge them to their regular phone bill from Vodacom. By working closely with Vodacom, we are able to offer customers easier access to tens of thousands of apps ranging from productivity to entertainment,‚” said Bob Bose, Regional Managing Director at RIM.

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