Safaricom Lipa Mdogo Mdogo was launched back in 2020. Lipa Mdogo Mdogo plan has for a long while only featured budget devices, for instance, the Neon brand of Phones. December 2021, Safaricom brought more expensive devices to their Lipa Mdogo Mdogo plan. You can now get a couple of TECNO and itel phones through the program.
The company announced its partnership with Google, TECNO Mobile, and itel. This was to enable Kenyans to access more 4G devices under the Lipa Mdogo Mdogo financing plan. This means we may see more smartphones under the financing plan, including Infinix devices. In addition, We may also see devices tailor-made for the plan later on if things work out well.
This collaboration means that more Kenyans have many phones to pick from to finally enjoy the benefits of Safaricom’s 4G coverage, which is at 96 percent as per the last report from the carrier.
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For now, however, the devices you can pick up through the plan are:
- itel A24 – with a deposit of Ksh 500.
- TECNO Spark 7 – with a deposit of Ksh 3,000.
- TECNO CAMON 17 – with a deposit of Ksh 5,000.
The remaining balance is then paid through flexible daily, weekly or monthly installments. When Safaricom introduced this payment plan, the company offered and continues to offer daily payments of as little as Ksh 20 a day.
Safaricom explained that their partnership with Google allows all the 4G devices on the device financing plan to come pre-loaded with a suite of Google Apps designed to give users a great smartphone experience. The phones also come with 1GB of free data awarded at the point of purchase. In addition, every time you make an installment payment, you get 50MB valid for 24 hours.
A snippet of what the collaborators said about Lipa Mdogo Mdogo plan.
Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO said, “Lipa Mdogo Mdogo has seen over 500,000 Kenyans upgrade from 2G devices to quality and affordable 4G smartphones. Through this partnership, we seek to meet the varying needs of our customers by increasing the selection of devices available under the world-first device-financing plan.”
Ray Fang, Country Manager TECNO Kenya said, “This project is in line with our goals as Transsion in the emerging markets. We are a key stakeholder in digital disruption, and we continue coming up with new ways to transform lives through inclusivity across all consumer spectrums and ensure smartphone penetration all over the country. We want Kenyans to have internet accessibility through quality devices that meet their evolving needs and expectations.”[Feature Image Credit: GoogleAfrica Twitter]