Telkom Kenya and KaiOS Technologies unveiled the Kaduda T-Smart to the Kenyan market, marking the first operator launch for a KaiOS smart feature phone in the country.
KaiOS Technologies said in a statement, the device will aid in increasing mobile internet access in Kenya and “address the growing demand for competitively-priced internet-enabled devices with affordable data packages.”
According to the Digital 2020 report for Kenya, less than half of the population uses the internet (22.86 million people), and only 8.8 million are on social media.
The T-Smart is a “significant upgrade” from Telkom Kenya’s feature phones portfolio, enabling Kenyans to use the internet via 3G/4G/LTE and Wi-Fi. Pre-loaded in the device is popular apps such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Facebook, and provides access to hundreds of other applications through the KaiStore.
The smart feature phone is available now for KHS3,100 ($28.56), it includes a free daily data bundles: 100MB data for internet browsing and 200MB for using WhatsApp and Facebook.
Other features include: KaiOS 2.5.3; 2.4-inch colour display; dual-SIM slot; 1,900mAh battery.
Steve Okeyo, Telkom Kenya consumer managing director said: “Entry-level smart-feature devices constitute about 40% of phones sold in Kenya, affirming their acceptance and popularity due to longer-lasting batteries and the ability to pick signal faster in areas that are underserved with regard to connectivity”.
“Less than half of the people in Kenya are going online using their devices and only 20% of them are on social media,” said Sebastien Codeville, KaiOS Technologies CEO.
“At KaiOS, we are focused on closing the digital divide by providing affordable smart feature phones along with relevant and useful apps and services for first-time internet users. We are excited to launch in Kenya through this partnership with Telkom Kenya, and, in doing so, opening the doors to the internet for millions of Kenyans.”