Kenya’s giant telecommunication network Safaricom is in partnership with Google, is targeting to sell a million 4G-enabled smartphones through a Sh20 a day hire purchase.

Safaricom launched the scheme on Tuesday, priority will be given to customers currently on the 2G network.

You can own the phone by depositing Sh1,000 and paying daily instalments of Sh20 for about nine months,under the Lipa Mdogo Mdogo scheme.

The phone currently retails at about Sh6,000 for cash buyers but under the scheme, it will cost about Sh500 more by the time a customer finishes payments.

“Smartphones in the hands of our customers possess life-transforming possibilities. They open a new world. We aim to take that world into the hands of every consumer through affordable means,” Safaricom Chief Executive Officer Peter Ndegwa said as he marked his first 100 days in office. 

Ms Mariam Abdullahi, the Director, Android and Platforms Partnerships at Google, said Android’s goal has always been to bring the power of computing to everyone.

“Access to the opportunities the internet offers is critical for any nations’ economic growth and social inclusion. We believe this collaboration will bring more Kenyans online and help them take advantage of the opportunities that exist online,” Ms Abdullahi said.

Customers need to dial *544# and accept the terms and conditions to opt into the service, after which they will receive an SMS approval of their eligibility and the value of the device they can purchase under the service.

The subscriber must have a history with the Safaricom network of at least one year and be between 18 and 75 years of age. 

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