Sri Lanka Smartphone market is in troubled water after the Government became short with foreign funds. There are shortage of spare parts for many of the phone models. Sri Lanka phone usage is increasing very rapidly. Smartphone usage in Sri Lanka has widely expanded in the recent years. This is because of the availability of the networks 3G and 4G LTE island wide. Sri Lanka still offers the 2G network to its citizens. Recently the Sri Lanka Authorities had signed a pact for the usage of 5G network connectivity in the island. Most of the Smartphone users are found in the Colombo district while the rural area too had a significant increase in the Smartphone and Tablet usage.
iPhone or the other related Apple products are not available in the Apple stores in Sri Lanka. Meanwhile Apple products too bought from Sri Lanka from the Apple Online Store. iPhone models and iPad are sold through a carrier in the Sri Lanka market along with some other private companies. People are afraid of the iPhone service facility and because of this and of the higher prices, iPhone sales is very low here.
Another reason for the Smartphone sales increase in Sri Lanka is the availability of the Free Wi-Fi hotspots. Sri lanka Government is offering free Wi-Fi Hotspot in the important places throughout the island. Visiting Tourists can’t access the Free Wi-Fi Hot-spots in Sri Lanka except the Colombo airport.
Smartphone Market Players.
Samsung is the market leader while other Smartphone’s from, Apple, Huawei, Sony Xperia, Oppo, Xiaomi, Micromax, Nokia and other leading Chinese and Indian models too are available in the local market. Most of them have good sales where people are happy with their Android OS and related Apps. Apple’s iPhone too available for sale in Sri Lanka. But its high price is one of the reason that it can’t compete in the sales here.
After dialog.lk and mobitel.lk has announced the 4G LTE network through their carriers, 4G supporting Smartphone are sold widely as they are good for fast download and uploads through the 4G LTE network in most of the large cities you can find 4G LTE internet accessibility with great speed. On the other hand Government’s Free Wi-Fi program too is supporting the sales of the Smartphone in Sri Lanka.
In the Sri Lanka Smartphone market People are looking for one more simple mobile phone along with their Smartphone. They still trust their cell phone for easy phone calls and SMS text messages. On the other hand it is not so expensive and won’t give them a large monthly bill from their carrier. The other reason is Sri Lanka is a country with lot of sun light. So people find it to be difficult to view their Smartphone’s screen on the day time while on the road.
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