French telecoms company Orange has launched a 3G smartphone with data and minutes for a one-off fee of $40, in a bid to take a lead in Africa and the Middle East.
The device, known as Klif, runs Firefox's mobile operating system and will be available from April for consumers in 13 markets across the region.
Orange is charging consumers a one-off fee of $40 for the device, which comes with minutes, texts, and 500 megabytes of data on a six-month contract. The data is refreshed every month, but Orange did not give specifics about the amount of calls and texts users can expect. The deal works out to $6.66 a month.
"What we are saying is Klif should be a way to give internet to everybody and to change the way those people will behave with communication," Yves Maitre, executive vice president of connected objects and partnerships at Orange, told CNBC in an interview, ahead of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the device will be unveiled.