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Vodacom launches 4G smart feature phone

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Vodacom has launched a 4G smart feature phone – the Vodacom Vibe 4G at R299.

The operator says this device is designed for customers who are looking at getting their hands on a smart, yet affordable device and help them connect to their loved ones via popular social media platforms.

Vodacom Vibe 4G smart feature phone follows the successful launch of SA’s first smart feature phone, the Vodacom Vibe 3G, and includes a bumped up 2.8-inch display, an easy-to-navigate menu, long-battery life and a 2MP rear camera, says the mobile operator.

Vodacom is keeping with the digital trends, and ensuring the longevity of the device, by optimising this year’s version of the Vibe with 4G connectivity, it adds.

According to Vodacom, this not only equates to pleasurable social media surfing and instant messaging, but also enables voice over LTE, which ensures calls are made even when the 2G network is unavailable.

The device also has voice over WiFi capability which enables users to make calls using any WiFi network, and better sounding voice calls, using both voice and data at the same time.

“In the past six years, smartphone penetration has doubled from 30% to 60% customers migrate from 2G devices to 3G and 4G smartphones,” says Davide Tacchino, terminals managing executive at Vodacom.

“To further drive this transition and help bridge the digital divide, we have now introduced South Africa’s first 4G feature phone for just R299 having launched the country’s first smart feature phone with a traditional keypad during the course of last year.

“Customers have bought over 10 million Vodacom-branded devices such as the Kicka range, the Aspire and Vibe 3G, to name but a few. By launching affordable branded suite of devices, our ultimate aim is to bring down the cost to communicate and to ensure digital inclusion for all,” adds Tacchino.

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