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Thursday, 7 May 2009

Chavez unveils super low-cost mobile phone

In early March, I seemed to amuse a couple of regular visitors to this blog with my jocularly-titled discussion of the telecoms sector of a selection of countries with left-of-centre regimes.

One stop on that tour was Venezuela, whose state-owned cellco Movilnet
was set to launch a low-cost mobile phone on the local market.

The launch date for this handset is coming up soon. Very soon. Tomorrow, in fact, according to a recent TelecomPaper article. So you'd better get yourself to Caracas sharpish if you fancy one.

Unveiled (see pic) by Hugo Chavez himself, the new C366 El Vergatario is the first mobile phone to be built on Venezuelan soil. Produced in partnership with ZTE of China, the phone will feature MP3 playback, FM radio, and a camera.


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