BARCELONA, Spain — During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Vodafone unveiled the Vodafone 150 mobile phone, which has has most of the basic features like voice, SMS and support for mobile payment services and will retail unsubsidized at below $15 – setting the world record for the Cheapest Mobile.
The Vodafone 150 will retail unsubsidised at below $15 USD and the Vodafone 250 will retail unsubsidised at below $20 USD, depending on the local market.
The Vodafone 150 and Vodafone 250 both offer excellent voice and SMS services, as well as support for mobile payment services. The two devices share most specification features, the main differences between them being that the Vodafone 250’s screen is both color and slightly larger, and it has an FM radio.
Launching in the first instance in India and six markets in Africa – The Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania – it is in emerging markets such as these that the potential of the mobile phone as a powerful social enabler is most apparent.