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Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya


What is 3G?

3G is a short term for third-generation wireless technology, and consequently, cheap 3G phones in Kenya have this feature. 3G technology was developed in the early 2000s and based on technology that allows large amounts of data transmission, with speeds ranging from 144 Kbps to more than 3 Mbps for data transmission.

Features of Cheap 3G phones in Kenya

3G phones are developed for faster internet speeds and which eases multimedia access. 3G’s high data rates are ideal for mobile email, downloading information from the Internet and sending and receiving large, multimedia files.

 

Why are Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya Popular?

Mobile communication has become a part of Kenyan lifestyle. According to the Communication Commission of Kenya, at the beginning of this year, the mobile penetration rate was 63% and was predicted to grow at a rate of 8% annually. Majority of the Kenyan population is under 35 years old, who tend to be technology conscious.  They now use email as a major channel of communication and browse the internet for an average of five hours weekly, one of which is likely to be on their mobile phone.

This is where the cell phone manufacturers have found their target market in the mobile industry in Kenya. The cheapest smartphone, with 3G speeds, now retails at Kshs 23,000 and the more high end ones, Motorola Galaxy series and iPhones costs over Kshs 50,000. This price is way beyond the reach of the average Kenyan who wants fast internet access. Hence, phone manufacturers introduced cheap 3G phones in Kenya.

Models of Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya

The most common and cheap 3G phones are:

Huawei Ideos

Chinese phone manufacturers have aggressively penetrated the Kenyan market. The Huawei Ideos is one of the models that has been heavily advertised in the country. The features of this phone are:

 

Huawei Ideos are Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya

Huawei Ideos

 

  • 3G Internet
  • Mobile Wi-Fi transmitter
  • E-mail alert support
  • Android Operating System 2.2
  • Full touch screen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera
  • Memory card support
  • FM Radio

Price: Kshs 8,999

 

Nokia 2730

Nokia is the leading phone model in Kenya and is said to have 60% of the market share. When the need for cheap 3G phones was identified, they introduced Nokia 2730. The features are:

Nokia 2730 are Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya

Nokia 2730

  • 3G Enabled
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Memory card support
  • Camera 2 Mega Pixel
  • FM radio

Price: Kshs 7,199

 

 

 

Samsung Cheap 3G Phones

In April this year, Samsung launched its’ strategic plan to tap into the East African and Central African market, setting Nairobi as its headquarters. True to its word, it has two great 3G phones that are available.

 

Samsung C5010 Squash

Samsung C5010-Squash are Cheap 3G Phones in Kenya

Samsung C5010-Squash

  • 3G Internet
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Memory card support
  • Music player
  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • FM Radio

Price: Kshs 6,699/

 

Samsung Float

Samsung cheap 3G Phone in Kenya

Samsung Float

  • 3G Enabled
  • FM radio
  • Memory card support
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera 1.3 Mp

7,799/

 

 

 

LG GU285 Popcorn

Cheap LG GU285 Popcorn phone

LG GU285 Porpcorn

LG is fast growing brand in Kenya and their phones are becoming increasingly popular because of their ease of use and affordability. The qualities of this phone include:

  • 3G Internet
  • 1.3 Megapixel Camera
  • Memory card support
  • Music player
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • FM Radio

Price: Kshs 4,999

 

The Cheapest 3G Phone in Kenya

Safaricom Kabambe Huawei U300

Safaricom introduced the first Kabambe phone, which was the cheapest phone in Kenya targeting the lower income earners. It sold for less than Kshs 1000. The catch was that it only allowed subscribers to use Safaricom SIM cards, essentially retaining on their network. They expanded their brands, and now they have done it again coming up with the cheapest 3G phone in Kenya that has the following features:

Kabambe 3G

LG Cheap in phone in Kenya

LG GU285 Porpcorn

  • 3G Enabled
  • Bluetooth Enabled
  • Camera
  • FM Radio
  • Memory card support

Price: Kshs 2,999

 

 

As with all cheap products, in order to stay relevant, they have to increase features and durability. Given the demand for cheap 3G phones in Kenya, the phone manufacturers are likely to increase the models and give receptive Kenyans a wider choice of phones.

 

 

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