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Windows Phone 8 landgrab starts with a $150 Huawei 4Afrika - rebranded Ascend W1

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Windows Phone 8 landgrab starts with a $150 Huawei 4Afrika - rebranded Ascend W1
Microsoft will try to coral the African continent before Android and Nokia have taken a complete reign over there with none other but Huawei as a partner, and a rebranded Ascend W1, called 4Afrika.

No kidding, that's what the handset is called, and the name is even stamped as a logo on the back of the handset. It will be first introduced Cairo, Nairobi, Lagos, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Johannesburg. 

The kicker - Huawei 4Afrika will cost only $150 there, which is a superb pricing scheme for a phone with 4" IPS-LCD WVGA screen, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 MP camera shooting HD video, and a microSD slot. A landgrab in a colorful package, that's what it is.

Microsoft International’s President Jean-Philippe Courtois had the following to say: “We believe there has never been a better time to invest in Africa and that access to technology — particularly cloud services and smart devices — can and will serve as a great accelerator for African competitiveness.

source: WindowsBlog

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posted on 05 Feb 2013, 03:06 2

1. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I guess that's a good deal over there, but no way over here. Nokia is the King of windows phone. It's Nokia or no windows 8 phone for me.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 11:21

4. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


The fact that its $150 instead of hundreds of dollars more makes this a clear winner for people on a budget...

Apples to Apples

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 13:36

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1501; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


It's only priced $150 in certain countries in Africa and I did mention that it is a good deal for those over there.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 15:59

6. cripton805 (Posts: 917; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Its a good deal anywhere... is my point.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 03:07 4

2. daftastic (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Jan 2013)


Huawei's stepping it up, nice phone design.

posted on 05 Feb 2013, 05:03

3. christumaini (Posts: 27; Member since: 25 Oct 2012)


if it will not support USSD feature like other WP handsets... then it will be useless for Africa.
As the USSD technology is the one that is used to support services such as M-PESA AND other MOBILE BANKING services that are now spread out almost on the entire continent.

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