Ugandans have praised Orange Uganda’s move to deliver a phone operating system that accommodates Luganda. The new phone system will be available to users with all the amenities, the telecom operator announced.
The Luganda language is the major language of Uganda, spoken by over 16 million people, mainly in Southern Uganda, as well as the capital Kampala.
In the statement, Orange said “the Nalongo [device] is a dual-SIM phone with features like a camera, radio, torch screen and MP3 player.”
The company said it would cost UGX 69,000 (approximately $27)
The operator added that it “hopes that the new phone will ease communication for people who do not understand English but can easily read Luganda.”
Nalongo, the statement said, “becomes the first local language phone on the Ugandan market, amid stiff competition among telecommunication firms.”