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Super cheap Android phones sell well in Africa

Jeremy Ford over on the Singularity Hub has an interesting report about the success of a cheap Android smartphone in Kenya.

Earlier this year, the Chinese firm Huawei unveiled IDEOS through Kenya’s telecom titan, Safaricom. So far, this $80 smartphone has found its way into the hands of 350,000+ Kenyans, an impressive sales number in a country where 40% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day. The IDEOS’s success in this market firmly establishes the open source Android as the smartphone of the people and demonstrates how unrelenting upswings in price-performance can jumpstart the spread of liberating technologies.

-Singularity Hub, August 16, 2011 (via Hacker News)

Posted by Aaron Pressman

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