Dual Fight

July 15, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Nokia sales agents want to preserve market share by winning back customers from Chinese brands with the launch of handsets that can connect to two networks, an official said. The rest of the market is shared between other brands such as Blackberry, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and LG.

Nokia sells about 60,000 phones a month, Gooneratne said.

The C-100’s battery has a standby time of six weeks, the longest battery life amongst all Nokia phones, a statement from Softlogic said.

Abu Daud Khan, Nokia’s business development manager for the South Asian region said, Chinese dual SIM phones have become popular in other developing markets such as Bangladesh, Philippines, Nepal and Brazil.

Despite the benefits of a bigger brand most Chinese phones come with options like television, radio, touch screen and external memory slots as standard features, which are not available in most branded phones.

Sri Lanka slashed taxes on mobile phones last month which may stem grey imports into the country.

Colombo based Softlogic Communications sales agents for Nokia launched C1-00 phones in Sri Lanka priced at 7,500 rupees.

“The main objective is to compete a