Vodacom now sells locally-made smartphones

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Vodacom now sells locally-made smartphones

Vodacom has announced that South Africans can now purchase locally-built Mara smartphones at participating outlets.

Mara Phones opened its first South African manufacturing plant in Durban in October, from where it produces two high-quality budget smartphones – the Mara Z and Mara X.

Terminals Managing Executive at Vodacom, Davide Tacchino, said that the network is proud to be associated with the devices.
 

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This is just an assembly plant...nothing is manufactured here.

This Dubai based billionaire is just cashing in on the African market withe cheaply made China smartphones...


Mara Corporation is a Pan-African multi-sector business services company. It operates in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, real estate & agriculture industries. The company was founded by Ashish J. Thakkar, in 1996, and is now active in 24 countries and employs more than 11,000 people
 

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This is just an assembly plant...nothing is manufactured here.

This Dubai based billionaire is just cashing in on the African market withe cheaply made China smartphones...


Mara Corporation is a Pan-African multi-sector business services company. It operates in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, real estate & agriculture industries. The company was founded by Ashish J. Thakkar, in 1996, and is now active in 24 countries and employs more than 11,000 people
But Proudly SA, etc etc
 

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This is just an assembly plant...nothing is manufactured here.

This Dubai based billionaire is just cashing in on the African market withe cheaply made China smartphones...


Mara Corporation is a Pan-African multi-sector business services company. It operates in the technology, financial services, manufacturing, real estate & agriculture industries. The company was founded by Ashish J. Thakkar, in 1996, and is now active in 24 countries and employs more than 11,000 people
Cheaply made but costs more than other chinese phones with better specs.
 

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How did Voda end up with them? Surely this wasn't their goal to market them?
 

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Why I wouldn't even consider a Mara.

Mara Z

720x1440 pixel resolution
Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435

R3999

Nokia 4.2

720 x 1520 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~295 ppi density)
Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
Proven track record with Android updates (major updates + security)

R2799

To be fair, the res and chipset difference is menial, and the rest of the specs are pretty much the same. But why spend an extra grand? Patriotism really has its price it seems.

Perhaps they will be offered on contracts for a really good price, but the prepaid price just doesn't make sense.
 

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Vodacom now sells locally-made smartphones

Vodacom has announced that South Africans can now purchase locally-built Mara smartphones at participating outlets.

Mara Phones opened its first South African manufacturing plant in Durban in October, from where it produces two high-quality budget smartphones – the Mara Z and Mara X.

Terminals Managing Executive at Vodacom, Davide Tacchino, said that the network is proud to be associated with the devices.
I think you mean locally ASSEMBLED.
 

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I think you mean locally ASSEMBLED.
Yip. But same can be said for China phone factories. They also get their parts from other factories that make those compomenents. Those factories can be in China too, but sure you have components coming from places like Japan, Taiwan etc.
 
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