Uganda: iPhone 5 Latest in Telecom Turf War

Kampala — In the last two years Uganda has seen an increase of high tech mobile gadgets making a grand entry onto the market.

This trend has also boosted the use of internet which used to be a desktop phenomenon to a mobile handset. It is proving to be the way to go as the classy people demand to communicate while on the move increases.

On the market there are a number of big name Smartphone brands Samsung, LG, Huewei and iPhone. Latest to enter the market is a series of iPhone phones like iPhone 5.

A follow up on the success of iPhone 4 and the previous handsets from US based Apple who has a big share of the mobile phone handset market worldwide.

The high tech handset is now available on the market courtesy of telecom service provider Orange Uganda the sole authority to trade the phone in the country.

The phone became available on the market in the second week of January 2013.

iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology--all while delivering even better battery life.

iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world's most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization and even more Siri features and languages.

The availability of such internet enabled phones is geared at meeting the needs of mobile phone users which in the last few years has shifted from being a voice only gadget but also an internet solution provider.

Orange Marketing director Bertrand Lacroix in an interview explained that although voice continues to grow, given the low penetration, the new connections this year saw a drop but saw mobile data usage shoot up. This is a clear demonstration that people in Uganda and in most developing countries are copying up with the use of internet on their mobile.

He said "Fibre, mobile broadband and mobile banking are revolutionizing the country's telecom sector. The potential for broadband services has not gone unnoticed by the national operators."

The iPhone 5 joins a host of Smartphone, tabs and notebooks and this year a lot could be offing as competition among the manufacturers hits up with vigorous innovation making way for new high tech gadgets.

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