Yomiprof shared a post today about an upcoming $1 phone, namely OYI-1. We all know that the standard of living is questionable in this part of the world making it really difficult for average masses to acquire what they really desire. BeepTool CIS Limited has promised to change the narrative by introducing a $1 dollar phone and making it available for the low-income earners.
BeepTool CIS will be unveiling Oyi-1 today 30th November in Abuja, according to them, anyone earning more than $50 per month (approx. our current minimum wage of N18,000 naira) is not eligible for the BeepTool $1 smartphone.
“The affordable smartphone concept is one where smartphone manufacturing and ancillary costs are covered by investors and stakeholders and handed to users who live on less than $2 a day at $1 or nearest local single currency note preloaded with advertising services platform capable of generating revenue for investors and stakeholders to cover the cost of the smartphone and further revenue for investors and stakeholders”
OYI-1 Phone Specification
- OS: Android™ 7.0 Nougat Operating system
- Reinforced Frame & Screen, Unbeatable Value,
- Screen: 5inch FWVGA 854*480
- 4G LTE Dual SIM (Dual-SIM): Micro SIM + Nano SIM
- Memory/Storage: 1GB RAM /Built-in: 8GB, Micro-SD (Support up to 32GB)
- Processor: MT6580 1.3GHz Quad-Core
- Frequency Band: GSM 850/900/1800/1900 |WCDMA 900/2100 |FDD-LTE B1//3/7/20
- Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Dual-SIM Bluetooth 4.1 3.5mm Headset Jack
- Dimensions: 144.1 x 71.9 x 9.8 (mm)
- Camera: Rear: 5MP ; Front: 2MP
- A long battery life: (2000mAh plus one extra) USB
- GPS: Support and Durable 4G Smartphone
Well, a $1 dollar phone approximately N500 in naira, if you ask me.. is a big bargain for those looking to acquire a new device. But I was really curious how they can offer a phone that costs NGN23,000 to manufacture for only N500?
So here is what I found out from their terms and condition:
Just to save you the stress of reading everything, you can navigate to number 7 and 8 of their T&C via this link >> https://www.oyi.beeptool.com/terms-and-conditions/
Devices are not smart without connectivity, you, therefore, agree to recharge your data plan with a minimum of NGN750 monthly in exchange for 1GB data and 30 minutes bundled local calling plan. Refusal to pay for connectivity in two consecutive months will lead to remote locking of the device and attempt to recover the device by BeepTool.
REMOTE SERVICES AND ADVERTISEMENTS
You understand and agree
(a). That all devices sold under the ($1 or local currency single note equivalent rate) are the property of BeepTool CIS Ltd for a period of 24 months after registration
(b). That BeepTool reserves the right to remotely operate the device and make changes to software layout, install and uninstall apps, without prior notice or your approval.
(c). That BeepTool can send you text-based, graphical, interactive, rich media, social, e-mail, video or other online advertisements through the device.
(d). BeepTool reserves the right to remotely lock and attempt to recover a device if you are found to be using it for negative contents including but not limited to harassment, intimidation, terrorism, etc.
(e). That BeepTool may provide third party content to the user through the device
(f). The device would be released to the user completely, free of any listing, remote services, and advertisement after 24 months.
(g). That anyone earning more than $50 per month is not eligible for the BeepTool $1 smartphone.
(h). That anyone earning more than $50 per month can own the smartphone by sponsoring the TRUE COST OF MANUFACTURING the BeepTool $1 smartphone at NGN23,000) or $60
So after going through that page… do you still think this $1 dollar phone is really worth the hype and acclaimed help for those who don’t earn above minimum wage?
My answer is… NO!
According to them… you will have to load NGN750 monthly in exchange for 1GB data and 30 minutes (compulsorily for 24 months or you get locked out remotely). If you calculate this N750 x 12, it equals N9000 in 12 months and N18,000 naira in 2 years. N18,000 is enough to get you a standard low-end Android device.
Well, I am sure so of you might attack me saying 18,000 for data and calling for two years is worth it!
First off… I don’t know what happens after 24 months of using this device.
However, let me ask you, is it worth…
- Trading to receive constant third party content?
- Allowing your device to be remotely controlled by another for 24 months?
- Being fed with constant unwanted adverts for 24 months?
- Not giving you the freedom of publishing contents without fear of being locked out?
- Not having the freedom of installing any app of your choice?
“The $1 phone is not just a marketing tool, it’s a tracking device!”
That said, I’d rather save N1,500 of my minimum wage for 12 month, which equals N18,000 and get a phone within the same specs-range that will give me complete control. The $1 phone is not just a marketing tool, it’s a tracking device!
Here are some devices you can get between 10,000 to 20,000 naira.
- TECNO F1 (N18,000) | 1GB RAM + 8GB ROM, 2MP + 5MP, 2500mAh, Android 8.1
- Ulefone S7 (N18,000) | 5.0 Inch HD, ,1GB RAM, 8GB ROM, Android 7.0
- itel A32F (N19,990) | 5-inch IPS, Android 8.1, 8GB ROM + 1GB RAM, 5MP + 2MP, 2,050mAh
Infact here are some phone buying guide to explore more:
- 7 Best Android Go Phones, Specs and Prices in Nigeria
- Best Phones Under 20000 Naira In Nigeria
- 17 Cheapest Phones in Nigeria
So there you go… I hope this helps someone out there. Let us know what you think about the new OYI-1 N500 naira phone in the comment box below!