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Smile, Alcatel seal deal on 4G LTE voice bundle rollout

Smile Communications has entered into a partnership with Alcatel to launch affordable voice over 4GLTE (VoLTE) device bundle utilizing the ALCATEL POP 4 series to further expand its voice reach. This is in line with the vision to provide innovative telecommunication solutions and offer unique propositions to new customers.

Ololade Shonubi, Head of Marketing at Smile Communications said in a statement that “This latest partnership reflects our desire to collaborate with companies that share our vision to provide world class service to our customers. We are very excited to work with Alcatel to offer the best value proposition and experience to customers in Nigeria.” said.

According to her, the unique bundle offer includes voice over 4GLTE Alcatel POP 4 handset, a complimentary 4G LTE SIM and 60 days access to the internet for browsing and e-mails, 60 day access to social network sites, 30 SMS and 30 minutes local calls to any network on activation of the Smile voice app.

She further disclosed that some of the benefits of using a Smile 4G LTE sim in a Voice over 4G LTE handset includes the ability to make calls locally and to anywhere in the world, Internet browsing, video/music streaming/downloads and SMSs, all using one Smile bundle plan, which is a first in the Nigerian market.

On the partnership, Nick Imudia, Regional Director, Nigeria and Central Africa at Alcatel said, “Our partnership with Smile Communications is one that will give Nigerians the opportunity to experience a superfast and innovative network using a quality smartphone that packs more cool features than any other device in its category. Now with the right device on the right network, Smile customers can achieve more.”

Specifications show that the Alcatel Pop 4 smartphone comes with a 5-inch touch screen display that boasts a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels at a PPI of 293 pixels per inch. It runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and is powered by a 2500mAh non removable battery. This device boasts a 1.1GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and a 1GB RAM as part of its hardware component while its 8GB of internal storage can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. It has an 8-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front shooter that shoots great pictures. Both cameras come with individual LED flash.

It would be recalled that Smile has a range of innovative Voice and Data offers, and has recently reinforced the 0702 number range with the lowest call tariff that allows its customers to make calls at 8kobo per second to any network from within and outside the country at the same rate, using SmileVoice App on any Smart Phone and 4G LTE SIM on Voice over LTE or LTE compatible handsets. This offer will be available at all Smile stores and select handset dealers.