The new Vodafone-branded low-cost cellphones: the V125 and V225, will be available from Vodacom to customers in South Africa from June 2007.
“The Vodafone branded low-cost cellphones form part of Vodacom’s initiatives to achieve its vision of democratising the telephone and telecommunications in general – a critical element which can significantly contribute to an information society and the economic emancipation of Africa,” says Shameel Joosub, Managing Director, Vodacom South Africa.
The two ‘ultra low-cost’ cellphones are similar in functionality and will be offered to Prepaid customers.
The V125 model, which has a black and white screen, and will retail at R229 (including VAT and a Super 6 starter pack which usually retails for R 149-00). The V225 model has a 65 000 colour TFT screen, and will retail at a cost of R369 (also including VAT and a Super 6 starter pack).
According to official specifications both the V125 and the V225 have standby times of up to 120 – 150 hours and talk duration times of up to 2 – 4 hours. The V 125 weighs 63.9 g while the V 225 weighs in at 62.1 g. The phones do not have high end functionality like Bluetooth, camera or video support.
Both cellphones will be available from major Vodacom approved retailers including Vodashops, 4U Stores and all participating outlets.
“The Vodafone V125 and Vodafone V225 represent everything consumers have come to expect – high quality and exceptional value for money. We believe that these low-cost cellphones will give our customers good quality, attractive cellphones, with popular features and functionality, at a reasonable price,” Joosub concluded.