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Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

models was un­sur­pris­ingly re­vealed at the Mo­bile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Nokia an­nounced cheaper ver­sions of its Win­dows Phone-pow­ered Lu­mia de­vices, while Sony un­veiled a wa­ter­proof An­droid tablet to go with the sim­i­larly re­sis­tant phone it an­nounced in Jan­uary. HP an­nounced a 7” An­droid tablet and China’s Huawei claimed to have launched the world’s most pow­er­ful smart­phone. At time of writ­ing we’re only half­way through the con­fer­ence but pretty sure it’s not go­ing to get much bet­ter than this. Con­sumer elec­tron­ics clearly needs a next big thing.

Black­Berry ’s new Z10 smart­phone that should be widely avail­able from SA’s lead­ing op­er­a­tors by the time you read this. In the ab­sence of BIS, op­er­a­tors have had to get cre­ative and Cell C emerged with the most pro­gres­sive pric­ing, of­fer­ing un­lim­ited free BBM mes­sag­ing on all pack­ages with data for as cheap as R49 per GB. Mu­sic also ap­peared in the South African Black­Berry World store with sin­gles go­ing for around R9 and al­bums for about R100. The de­vice it­self has a cash price of about R7 000.

Telkom has an­nounced it will launch its new 40Mbps

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