Safaricom, Huawei Launched Ideos Ascend Y100

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When Ideos U8150 was launched in Kenya last year, nobody knew the direction it would take. But at one point in future when the history of Smartphone will be written in Kenya, the initial launch of Ideos will stand out as the turning point for Kenyan smartphone market. Idoes U8150 which Kenyans jokingly call idiot has introduced many to the Android  Smartphone life.  According to Safaricom over 210,000 Ideos U8150 were sold in Kenya making it the highest grossing smartphone in the country

To continue in the same direction Safaricom has officially launched Ideos Y100 in partnership with Huawei.  Safaricom has an exclusive right to sell IDeos Ascend Y100 in Kenya. Idoes ascend will be retailing at Ksh.8499 in Safaricom shops . The buyers will get a one off 1.5GB data  offer valid for 90 days, 7days unlimited SMS and a 2GB SD card.

The Ideos Ascend is an entry level Smartphone  and could be called the successor to the popular ideos U8150. The phone is small, I think it is possible that it is smallest smartphone you would find around. But not just small for the sake of it, it is sexy too..yeah it is stylish and easy in the eye.

The Ideos Ascend runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3 , but as Google come up with things like Jelly Beam after ICS then Gingerbread starts to sound like the Grandma of Android OS. Well, as we know it around here and many other places almost every Android device still use Gingerbread.

And Safaricom love Ideos and Android devices generally because data is the future…Peter Arina, GM Safaricom’s Consumer Business Unit said:

In line with our vision to democratise data across this country, we are offering the Ideos Ascend Y100 which will allow consumers to enjoy all capabilities of a smartphone such as android operating system, high processing speeds, Wi-Fi and hotspot connectivity in style and at affordable

Talking about the data, android phones are not kind when comes to data use . They take a bit of it as long as the background data is on. Huawei has done a wonderful job by including the data on off short cut button at the top panel between the GPS and Auto rotate. To put data on or off you just need to pull down the panel and then take whatever action you wish to.

Still playing around with the phone and so more to come here later….stay around






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  • bt the HUAWEI Launcher isn’t stabble…it suddenly stopped on my Y100

    Mark January 22, 2013 10:19 am Reply

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