Mobile phones and good connectivity are no longer luxuries. As the need for information becomes more and more central to our daily lives, these are becoming more crucial and it is unfortunate that a lot of people are excluded from their advantages due to cost.
In its contribution towards mobile phone penetration in the country, Safaricom has partnered with Google to avail brand new 4G enabled phones to people who are still using feature phones and would like to upgrade. The phone in question is the Neon Ray Pro, an Android Go 4G enabled smartphone. Android Go is a fast OS from Google, which runs lighter and also saves on data.
The Neon Ray Pro smartphone under this plan which is dubbed #LipaMdogoMdogo costs a total of Ksh.5,999/- and customers will pay an initial deposit of Ksh.1,000, and then pay the balance in instalments of 20 bob per day. This is a pay as you use plan where after paying the deposit, one is allowed to walk away with the phone and pay the balance on a daily or weekly basis. This is not to say that it is a field day for defaulters though. After being given several chances to hold adhere to the plan, the phone can be disabled remotely. This remote disconnection also acts as security if the phone is stolen, so that it can be disabled and become just an empty shell for the thief.
Of course there are some eligibility qualifications to be met by customers, some of them being a customer’s credit score, an age bracket of 18 to 75 years, and a history with Safaricom network going back at least one year.
For more details on Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, customers are encouraged to dial *544# or call the customer care number 100.
“We are delighted today to launch this product in line with our pillar of customer-centricity. Today, everyone is going through tough economic times. This product comes as a testament to our commitment to our purpose of transforming lives. Smartphones in the hands of our customers possess life-transforming possibilities. They open a new world. We aim to take that world into the hands of every consumer through affordable means”.Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO.