The cheaper, the better seems to be the flavor of the season. After the launch of the cheapest mobile by Vodafone recently, a new handset has been launched in Venezuela claiming itself to be the cheapest and perhaps the cheapest mobile in the world. The phone has a camera, WAP internet access, FM radio and MP3 and MP4 players for music and videos, all of this at a price of $15 (nearly £10).
The handset has been launched by the president of the country, Hugo Chavez on the occasion of Mothers Day. Vergatorio, the name given to the handset has been predicted as the best seller worldwide. Vergatorio might emerge as an instant hit because as the retail price has been cut by government subsidy to a quarter of the manufacturing cost.
The waiting list for the first 10,000 units is expected to be released this week and production this year has been set at 600,000, rising to 2 million in 2011. According to Hugo Chavez, this telephone will be the biggest seller not only in Venezuela but the world and that whoever doesn’t have a Vergatario is nothing.
Source: Wireless Federation.