Kcell launches iPhone 5s, 5c

Kazakhstan mobile operator Kcell announced the launch of sales the iPhone 5s and 5c from Apple. Sales began on 30 May. Kcell offers the phones for an upfront payment of KZT 20,000 or 30,000, plus monthly installments with no interest. It also sells the iPhone 4s.

The iPhone 5S is a smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is part of the iPhone line, and was released on September 20, 2013. Apple held an event to formally introduce the high-range phone, and its mid-range counterpart, the iPhone 5C, on September 10, 2013.

As with the principle of the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5S is a revised version of its predecessor, iPhone 5. The phone maintains a very similar design to its predecessor, aside from the introduction of a new home button design using a laser-cut sapphire cover surrounded by a metallic ring, Touch ID, a fingerprint recognition system built directly into the home button which can be used to unlock the phone and authenticate Store and iTunes Store purchases, and an updated camera with a larger aperture and a dual-LED flash optimized for different color temperatures. It also introduced the A7 dual-core processor, the first 64-bit processor to be used on a smartphone, accompanied by the M7 “motion co-processor”, a dedicated processor for processing motion data from its accelerometer and gyroscopes without requiring the attention of the main processor. It was also the first Apple device to ship with the newest version of the iOS mobile operating system, iOS 7, which introduced a revamped visual appearance and other new features.

Kcell is one of the three licensed GSM mobile network operators in Kazakhstan. Beeline and Tele2 are the other license holders. It is operated by GSM Kazakhstan Ltd. under Kcell, Activ and Vegaline tradmarks. GSM Kazakhstan is owned by 100% – Fintur Holdings B.V. (owners TeliaSonera 58.55% and Turkcell 41.45%).

In December 2012, Kcell announced an initial public offering (IPO) which consists of a sale by Sonera Holding B.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of TeliaSonera, of 50 million of the Company’s common shares, including common shares represented by the global depositary receipts, representing 25% of the Company’s share capital. The current outstanding share capital of the Company consists of 200 million common shares.

Source: Kcell

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