11 February 2013

Kenya: Safaricom to Retail Nokia Lumia Phones

Nokia and Safaricom today announced exclusive availability of Nokia's flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920. They also announced a deal on the midrange Nokia Lumia 820 recently launched in Kenya.

Boasting the latest advances in imaging technology, a pixel-rich super sensitive touchscreen, the best local navigation offering, wireless charging, Nokia's largest ever battery and the Windows Phone 8 operating system, the Lumia 920 brings real innovation to the competitive smartphone market.

Customers will be able to take advantage of a special introductory offer of KES 54,999 which will include a 1.5GB data bundle and KES 500 airtime by Safaricom. The first five hundred customers to take up this offer will also receive a free Nokia wireless charging plate, the perfect companion for the Lumia 920.

"As the customer becomes more sophisticated, we are increasingly finding ourselves facing the challenge of meeting a growing demand for better and more advanced smart devices. It is through such partnerships that we are able to satisfy our customers' needs while at the same time entrenching our market leadership position. Through the sale of these devices, we are also able to allow our customers to enjoy our robust high speed data network," says Peter Arina, General Manager-Consumer Business Unit, Safaricom Limited.

With advanced floating lens technology, Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) allows the camera in the Nokia Lumia 920 to take in five times more light than competing smartphones, making it possible to capture clear, bright pictures and video indoors and at night. It also compensates for hand movement while the photo is being taken. With the PureView technology in the Nokia Lumia 920, it is possible to shoot pictures and video almost anywhere and continuously get professional-looking results.

The Nokia Lumia 920 also comes with Nokia City Lens. Using augmented reality, City Lens overlays information about restaurants, shops, hotels and more on the surfaces of buildings through the camera lens. By making it possible to move between maps view and augmented reality view, Nokia City Lens helps people check their direction and surroundings. Along with enhancements to Nokia Drive+ and Nokia Maps, the Nokia location suite of services represents the most comprehensive mapping experience for Kenya, based on accurate local maps and thousands of relevant points of interest.

The new curved, ultra-sensitive 4.5" PureMotion HD+ display sets a new benchmark for smartphone displays. The display is so sensitive that you can use the phone while wearing gloves.

Powered by Windows Phone 8, the new smartphone offers a more personal experience, with a start screen that can be easily rearranged to reflect individual priorities, and new animated Live Tiles for regular real-time updates on the things that matter most. The ability to sync content between Windows Phone 8 smartphones, Windows 8-based PCs and tablets or Xbox means files, music, pictures and video can be accessed in whichever way is most convenient. And with Internet Explorer 10 for faster, safer browsing and Microsoft Office apps built into the platform, Windows Phone 8 is also the easiest way for getting things done.

Launching together with the flagship Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 820 is a stylish, mid-range smartphone that delivers high-end performance in a compact package. Offering the same unibody look and feel as the Lumia 920, the 820 comes with an exchangeable shell design that not only makes it possible to select from a vibrant range of colours, but also to add wireless charging. Beneath the shell is room to insert a micro SD memory card.

Safaricom will also offer the Lumia 820 with a compelling bundle deal: KES 44,999 including 1.5GB of data and KES 500 airtime with the wireless charging shell in box.

"The smartphone market in Kenya is growing rapidly, with consumers demanding richer features and services," says Bruce Howe, General Manager, Nokia East Africa. "Strong partnerships are called for to bring the latest in smartphone technology, compelling data offers and relevant services together in a compelling package. We are pleased that we have been able to achieve this with Safaricom, enabling our valued consumers across Kenya to switch to Lumia."

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