Africell, Africa’s largest telecom operator, today announced the launch of its first 3G smart phone, afriphone, powered by KaiOS, the leading mobile operating system for smartphones. This new device will be the first device powered by KaiOS in The Gambia and Sierra Leone. It will also be available in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Afriphone offers 3G connectivity and access to essential and popular applications such as WhatsApp, Google Assistant, Facebook, YouTube and Google Maps, as well as unique native content, such as the Africell customer service application. In addition, it includes other smartphone level features such as Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and offers a dual SIM hybrid slot that supports two SIM cards with 512 MB of memory + 256 MB of RAM. It also has a powerful battery that allows long hours of conversation
Ziad Dalloul, Africell Chairman and CEO stated that: “As a digital company, Africell provides a link between yesterday and tomorrow. Our network gives everyone the freedom to be and to do what they want. People of all generations and from all walks of life can shine with the powerful tools Africell offers. We listen to the young generation, and we are committed to helping them shape the best future. Introducing this smart feature phone will help us bring valuable digital services and information to the markets we operate in at a price that people can afford.”
KaiOS enables a new category of affordable smart feature phones that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience. KaiOS-enabled phones come with the KaiStore, the only app store for feature phones, with over two hundred essential apps from global and local content providers. KaiOS is now the third largest mobile operating system worldwide, running on over 100 million devices shipped across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
KaiOS offers a new category of affordable smart phones that require limited memory, while providing a rich user experience. KaiOS-enabled phones come with KaiStore, the only multi-device application store, with more than two hundred essential apps from global and local content providers. KaiOS is now the third largest mobile operating system in the world, operating with more than 100 million devices delivered in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas.
“We’re excited for this brand new KaiOS-powered device from Africell, which will help us continue spreading mobile internet in sub-Saharan Africa. The afriphone will have an immediate impact on people’s lives across the region, offering an inexpensive and convenient means of accessing the internet’s invaluable resources including education, banking, and healthcare for the first time. We are, and will be continuing our journey to enable a sustainable ecosystem by bringing in relevant apps and services that are designed to benefit people in emerging markets.” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies.
Africell is an African company specializing in mobile technologies that provides fast, cost-effective and reliable mobile network coverage, as well as value-added technology services, to millions of people, communities and businesses in four dynamic African countries. Africell is the main market operator in Sierra Leone and The Gambia and a dynamic competitor in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda.