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Safaricom Adds two Smartphones to Lipa Mdogo Mdogo Plan  with Payments Starting at Ksh 50 Per Day

Safaricom Neon Ray Ultra

Safaricom Mdogo Mdogo smartphone plan offers customers a chance to own 4G powered devices and pay for them in installments over a period of time. This program has been running for a few years and lets customers pay on a daily or weekly basis till they complete the whole amount. This is great for those who may not have the exact amount when making the purchase but can commit to a daily or weekly payment. Defaulting will lead to the device being locked till payment is made. According to Lipa Mdogo Mdogo terms, “Should you be in default on the 4th day, you will be barred from all outgoing calls and SMS.”

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Lipa Mdogo Mdogo tends to focus on the entry level smartphones including the Safaricom Neon devices. With this program, Safaricom’s aim has been to push adoption of 4G devices in the entry level segment. Most entry level smartphones tend to support 3G connectivity and the telco wanted to change this with the program. 

New Devices

The two Neon devices added to the list include the Neon Smarta and the Neon Ultra. Both of these are available from Ksh 50 per day through Safaricom shops and dealer outlets countrywide. You can also dial *544# and Select option 8 – Lipa Mdogo Mdogo. Those who buy these phones  via Lipa Mdogo Mdogo will enjoy bundled data and minutes throughout the repayment period. The Neon Ultra will come with 120MB and 5 minutes daily, while the Neon Smarta comes with 100MB and 5 minutes daily.

You will pay a deposit of Ksh 500 and Ksh 1500 for the Neon Ray Smarta and Neon Ray Ultra phones respectively.On Safaricom’s website that under Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, the Neon Smarta and Neon Ray Ultra retail for Ksh 11,400 and Ksh 14,800 respectively. The same phones are on Masoko for Ksh 7,000 and Ksh 11,500 respectively if you buy them outright. 

Safaricom Neon Smarta Specifications

  • Display: 5.0 -inch (480×480)
  • Front Camera: 2MP
  • Rear Camera: 5MP
  • Processor: Unknown
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery Capacity: 3,000mAh
  • OS: Android 10 Go Edition)

Safaricom Neon Ultra Specifications

  • Display: 6.5 -inch (480×480)
  •  Camera: 5MP + 2MP
  • Processor: Unknown
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery Capacity: 3,750mAh
  • OS: Android Go Edition)

Some of the other devices in this plan include the Neon Ray Pro, itel A24, itel A60, Tecno POP 7, Nokia C31 etc. 

What They Said:

“We are keen to enable more Kenyans enjoy the transformative power of the internet by availing affordable 4G devices through Lipa Mdogo Mdogo, which has already empowered over 1 million Kenyans to upgrade from 2G feature phones. We also continue to invest in our network to provide our customers with the best connectivity across the country,” said Peter Ndegwa, CEO, Safaricom PLC.

“Android’s goal has always been to democratise access by bringing the power of computing to everyone. The uptake of Lipa Mdogo Mdogo since its launch in 2020 is proof that affordability continues to be a key barrier of entry into the digital world. We are pleased to extend this partnership to enable more Safaricom users to take advantage of the opportunities that exist online,” said Mariam Abdullahi, Director, Android and Platforms Partnerships for Africa.

How much is Neon Ultra in Kenya?

The Neon Ray Ultra is available in Kenya through Masoko for Ksh 11,500. This is one of the smartphones assembled in Kenya by East Africa Device Assembly Kenya Limited (EADAK).

How do you get neon ultra?

You can get the Neon Ultra in Kenya through Masoko, Safaricom retail shops, Faiba shops. It is also available online and through most other smartphone retailers in Kenya.

What is the deposit of neon ultra?

To get the Neon ultra through Safaricom Lipa mdogo mdogo, you will pay a deposit of Ksh 1,500. The balance can then be paid in daily/weekly/monthly instalments.

What is the difference between neon smarta and ultra?

The main difference is the size with the Smarta having a 5 inch display while the Ultra having a 6.5 inch display. The Smarta has a 3000 mAh battery and the Ultra has a 3750 mAh battery.

Also Read: What is Safaricom Lipa Mdogo Mdogo Smartphone Plan

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