The phone, dubbed G1157 is being offered to subscribers at GH₵15, and it compares favourably with other phones being offered by other networks at similar prices or more, but without the internet enablement.
Mr. Ebenezer Asante, Sales Executive of MTN Ghana said the phone has a dust-proof key pad and comes with a free SIM card pre-loaded with GH₵1 worth of credit.
He says subscribers also get 20 free SMS (text messages) and GH₵2 bonus on usage in the first month, plus a whopping 300% bonus on first recharge in the third month of usage.
“Subscribers who buy the new phone for purposes of MTN Credit Transfer service will pay GH₵30 but get GH₵25 worth of free airtime,” he said.
Mr. Asante noted that those who purchase the new affordable phone also get to enjoy the lowest call tariffs in the country and in Africa on MTN.
He says generally, call tariffs in Ghana are the lowest in Africa and one of the lowest in the world, adding that the lowest call tariffs of five cents is in Asia.
Meanwhile, Bharti Airtel has reportedly reduced call tariffs to less than a cent per minute recently.
Mr. Asante says, MTN’s call tariffs, which gets to as low as 7.5Gp, is the closest to the lowest call tariff in the world, adding that MTN is happy to give the average Ghanaian great telecommunication experience at the most affordable cost possible.
He expressed the hope that the new G1157 internet-enabled phone, plus the huge tariff cuts will give more Ghanaians the opportunity to some level of value-added service at very affordable price.
By Samuel Dowuona