Our handsets are original, says Huawei

Let’s be honest. We all doubt the originality of China products. And we are not alone. Many people across Africa fear China made brands and with good reasons.

The fake mobile switch off is nearing, making dealers and users worried at the same time. Huawei has made a public statement saying that their products that have been introduced in Kenya recently are 100 percent genuine.

“Huawei has created a competitive edge by introducing original devices that ensure quality user experience at affordable costs for Kenyans at all levels; as a result of our heavy investment in customer centric research and development (R&D),” said Wind Li, Huawei Kenya Representative Office CEO.

“As a global ICT leader serving 45 out of the top 50 global operators and a third of the world’s population, Huawei adheres to the laws and regulations of the countries we operate in while meeting all the product requirements,” he added.

The company has several phones introduced in the Kenyan and African markets. The famous one is the IDEOS brand which currently has the Ascend Y100, being retailed exclusively by Safaricom.

The Company also introduced the Huawei media pad that is now retailing at around KSh35,000 (US$415). Due to its numerous gadgets in the market, the company set up several customer care agents to take care of any complaints from the users.

“The attention of the Commission has been drawn to a misconception in the mobile phones market that all handsets manufactured in China or by Chinese firms are counterfeit,” Director General, Communication Commission of Kenya, Mr. Francis W. Wangusi said.

“The Commission wishes to state that China has globally recognized companies whose products and solutions are being used worldwide by top operators, and which meet CCK requirements in respect to quality and type approval,” he concluded.

He urged all phone users to verify their phones through the measures that CCK has put in place. That is through sending the IMEI number to the short code, 1555.

The impending switch off will affect nearly 3 million phone subscribers who have counterfeit phones. The deadline for such consumers is at the end of this month.

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