Looking through all the news of new devices being made available on various networks across the world at subsidized prices, I had to ask myself, “When exactly will our networks begin offering subsidized phones with their services?”
Come to think of it, purchasing a phone through a network here in Nigeria often means that you are paying more for it than if you purchased the device on the open market. Yes; just try getting a Blackberry from MTN, Glo or Zain!
For example, a strategy that a late-comer like Etisalat could use to generate new subscriptions is to offer subsidized phones (and lower tariffs) on a contract. Have they considered it?
Perhaps I am merely dreaming. But, back to my question… “When?” Does anyone know?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.