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Orange to sell iPhone in Kenya next month

By Rebecca Wanjiku, IDG News Service
August 18, 2008 10:40 AM ET

IDG News Service - Telkom Kenya will start selling the iPhone in Kenya next month after launching the Orange mobile phone service.

Orange entered into a contract with Apple that gave it the right to sell the iPhone in Kenya and the sale will commence once the service rolls out, said Njeri Rionge, chief commercial and marketing officer at Telkom.

However, Telkom has yet to decide whether to offer the iPhone 3G, the older version or both, she said.

"My concern with the iPhone is the return to the old telecom hegemony where you are tied to one carrier because of a contract (since the telecom subsidizes the hardware), this system can be very annoying especially with the freedom that Kenyans have enjoyed in terms of their ability to switch carriers easily," said Juliana Rotich, a Kenyan technologist.

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