With improvement of modern technology now most Kenyan’s are connected through the three main mobile phone providers Safaricom, Celtel and Telkom wireless.
Communication is now very easy, many are so used to their mobile phone gadgets until I wonder how we managed without mobile phones in the past.
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Nokia phones are also the most popular mobile phones in Kenya. You will notice nearly every Kenyan has a Nokia phone. Mobile phone prices have also reduced greatly giving more Kenyans the opportunity to own a mobile phone or more.
Nokia have introduced many makes of different prices depending on one's status, check out their makes. One make that is very common with the common Kenyan is the Nokia 1110i
However you will find that network is still a problem in some parts of Kenya. One has to move to a certain part of the home or room to get a clear network.
We have seen in the news people climbing trees upcountry to get a network. I can imagine one calling home from the US to speak to his/her grandparents or parents but end up not speaking to them when they are too old to climb the tree. Unless they are taken to a center where there is a connection.
Traveling to Magadi some 3 years back for an outing on a public holiday. The vehicle we were traveling in lost control on one of the hills and rolled back into a ditch. After getting out of the vehicle safely, we moved up on the road for help. Two Masaai came along and were very helpful. Being a public holiday there were no vehicles in sight for some time, so we decided to call for help only to realize there was no network. They informed us that the only place we could find a Safaricom network is on a hill, which was far from there or at Magadi town itself.
One of us tried to walk with them to get the network because we were still far from Magadi town. He gave up and came back realizing it would be a long walk with thorny shrubs on the way. Some motorists later rescued us and our vehicle that was badly damaged towed away.
This still happens when traveling up country to Western and other parts of Kenya, somewhere on the way the network goes off.
Nevertheless Kenya is now more connected than before, mobiles are getting cheaper and cheaper. One can now get a phone as cheap as Kshs.999/- around 15 US dollars.
However there is still a big population of Kenyan’s who cannot afford even the cheapest mobile phone.