These stats are from November 2014, and they show us the top 10 handsets (mobile phones) on the Vodacom network. By my calculations they represent roughly 25% of Vodacom’s user base.
Note that these are the most popular by volume on the network and not by ARPU or any other activity measure:
What I find interesting is the lack of Wi-Fi even in some of the devices that are internet (mobile data) enabled, as well as the ubiquity of FM radio.
If you take into account that some people consider that a Blackberry Curve is not a smart phone, then all of the Top 10 are basic and feature phones.
South Africa has a long way to go until we see this chart dominated by smart phones, and if you want to help in a small way read my thoughts on this here.
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