Microsoft plans to sell new, but unannounced, budget-priced Windows Phone devices in Africa. The company hope to expand the reach of Windows Phone to countries on that continent as more of their citizens gain access to the Internet on mobile devices.
We have made a list of the current Denim firmware updates for Lumia Windows Phone in Europe and Asia, so we thought we would do the same for Africa and the Middle East as well, as provided by the Microsoft Mobile support website.
Microsoft has teamed up with African mobile operator Safaricom to provide consumers residing in Kenya the means to purchase Windows Phone apps and games through their contract. This removes the requirement to have a credit card configured on a Microsoft account before being able to download content from the app store. Purchasing apps and games will add the displayed price to airtime balances or postpaid bills.
Bidorbuy is the marketplace in Africa to go to if you wish to either buy or sell items and an official app has just been launched on Windows Phone. It's possible to browse, search, bid, buy and manage Bidorbuy activity through the Windows Phone app, making the experience seamless and convenient when on the move. The app supports South African and Kenyan marketplaces.
While Google is focusing on brining high speed fiber internet to Americans, Microsoft has its eye on South Africa. The company has teamed up with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, the University of Limpopo, and network builder Multisource to bring high-speed broadband to the region.
Today Huawei, in partnership with Microsoft and cellular provider Airtel, announced the launch of Hauwei's W1 smartphone in Nigeria. The event took place at Airtel's headquarters in the city of Lagos. The joint event saw Huawei, who has decided to take a run at the Windows Phone market, come together with Nigeria's largest 3.75G carrier. Despite the excitement, no availability or pricing information were made available.
Huawei and Microsoft have had an odd relationship. It first looked like Microsoft was trying to distance themselves from the Chinese OEM due to political factors back in mid-October. It was believed they’d be ready for the Windows Phone 8 launch, but instead the company pushed back the reveal of their Ascend W1 handset to CES 2013. Now, the two are cozying and partnering up for a joint launch of a handset in Africa – the Huawei 4Afrika.
Believe it or not, some of us have a friend who still refuses to get a cell phone. If you've been trying to de-luddize a pal of yours, we bring you good news: this friend is officially in the minority. The global minority. Se, half of the world