MTN launches SA’s first Android handset

May 27, 2009 • Mobile and Telecoms

Mobile network provider MTN has announced that it will launch a new flagship mobile handset into the South African market, through an exclusive partnership with local HTC distributor Leaf International Communications (Pty) Ltd.

The HTC Dream mobile handset will be released during May 2009. It will be the first mobile handset in the country that uses the open source Android operating system, developed by Google.

The HTC Dream handset gives users access to Googles value adding services, such as Search, Maps, Gmail and YouTube. Because the software is completely open source it allows users to download a host of free applications as well as customise every facet of the handset.

Says Donovan Smith, General Manager, Consumer Segments, at MTN SA: “MTN is proud to be the first operator in South Africa to offer its customers a revolutionary smartphone that will change the way we use mobile technology,”.

The HTC Dream features a 3.2-inch (8.1 cm) display, touch-sensitive screen navigation and a sliding five-row QWERTY keyboard. It also includes a GPS receiver and a microSDTM card with 16GB of memory.

“The HTC Dream with Android will cater for any type of user whether you are a university student or the CEO of a company. By giving our customers instant access to Google services, we are ensuring that MTN sets the pace with innovative and convenient product offerings in both the local and African telecoms market,” says Smith.

The HTC Dream device is available from MTN on the AnyTime 350 package for R529 per month, which includes R350 worth of airtime and 100MB worth of data per month.

— Charl Lombard

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