Airtel offers free finance to drive adoption of iPhones

iphone5sAirtel Nigeria recently formed a strategic partnership with Apple, to officially unveil the iPhone 5s in Nigeria, becoming the first mobile telecommunications services provider in the country to officially seal a partnership deal with Apple.

Zero interest loans
Since this agreement Airtel, has also announced that it is offering Nigerians zero interest charges and free monthly 500MB data bundle for 24 months for all iPhone 5S devices purchased.  The new offering allows for Nigerians to arrange “affordable and convenient” device financing from Stanbic Bank at zero interest rates.

Speaking with, Chief Commercial Officer, Maurice Newa said “Only a fortnight ago, we announced a strategic partnership with Apple. Today, we have taken another giant stride to highlight our role as a leader in innovation and delivery of quality service.”

iPhone 5S features
The iPhone 5S comes as a 16GB or 32GB device in any of space grey, gold and silver colours with one year warranty. It sets a precedent, with an amazing amount of technology in a remarkably thin, light design. It builds on that achievement with Touch ID — a fingerprint identity sensor, an A7 chip with 64-bit architecture, an ultrafast LTE wireless and an even more impressive iSight camera. It is described by telecoms pundits as the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, whether or not its worth taking a loan for is an entirely different question.

What is your view on operators offering finance to sell mobile devices in Nigeria? We welcome your comments below.

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