The release of K1500 GSM SIM cards July 25 will boost demand for smartphones, according to Yangon’s mobile phone sellers.
“Many people who are using GSM SIM cards do not use keypad phones,” said Ma Pa Pa from KKA mobile shop. “I think people will buy more GSM Android handsets for internet access.”
Such handsets, which are more expensive than conventional phones, would be payable in installments, said an official from Mobile King mobile shop, making them more suitable for wealthier urban areas.
“I think GSM Android handsets will rise in the Yangon market but GSM keypad handsets will increase in the other regions of the country,” the official said.
U Htet Lin Kyaw, general manager of Mr. Fone Telecom Center, said the public is excited about the upcoming GSM SIM release. “People who didn’t submit an application last time are doing so this time, hoping the K1500 GSM will come to them.”
“I like GSM lines because I can choose between the various GSM handsets,” said Ko Thein Htoo Aung, who works for a bank.“There are so many different GSM handsets in the market.”
Aye Myat Mon, a university student, added: “I want to use GSM handsets because CDMA handsets are rare in the market. I would like to buy the K1500 GSM SIM cards.”
source: mm times