TechInAfrica – Tanzania’s leading cellular network company, Vodacom Tanzania PLC, has launched Smart Kitochi – Tanzania’s first smart feature phone powered by KaiOS which is the leading mobile operating system for smart feature phones. The new smart feature phone is offered at a discounted price of TZS 48.000 ($20).
Smart Kitochi comes with a special offer from Vodacom that includes a monthly bundle of 4GB, 100 minutes of talk time, and 500 free SMS for the first 6 months of usage. As for the features, it includes popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Google Assistant, among others. Furthermore, it is equipped with smartphone-like features like Wi-Fi, GPS, and dual SIM card with 4GB + 512MB RAM memory.
Commenting on the launching of the new smart feature phone, George Lugata, Executive Head of Sales at Vodacom, said:
“We’re excited to introduce the first smart feature phone in the market alongside our partner KaiOS Technologies. Despite wide coverage of network in the country, we still face a challenge of digital divide caused by low smartphone penetration so by introducing the Smart Kitochi, we’ll bring valuable digital services and information to this market at a price that people can afford.”
Speaking for their part, Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies said:
“The digital divide across Africa as a whole remains very large. We’re incredibly focused on establishing partnerships and delivering mobile technology that addresses this issue, which is why we’re so thrilled to be working with Vodacom. The Smart Kitochi is a key step in connecting those who remain disconnected from mobile internet and all of the valuable resources in Tanzania and beyond.”
“Smart Kitochi is available now across all Vodacom shops and service desks in the country at a discounted price of Tzs. 48,000. Therefore, I encourage our customers to buy these devices so they can make use of our Mtandao Supa using apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and more using the smart feature phone,” said Lugata.