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Mobile phones and tablets booming in Myanmar

The mobile phone market and Information and communications technology is growing significantly in Myanmar since the country opened to the world in the beginning of the 20th century. Burmese are becoming more and more connected and the number of phones reached 33 million in 2017. With an official population of 53 million this represents a mobile phone usage penetration rate of 80%. Tablet computers are not forgotten by this growth and more and more of them, especially small-screen tablets, are being sold every year. Most tablet users are found in the main cities Yangon and Mandalay where the Internet coverage is higher. This evolution goes hand-in-hand with the greater availability of Internet connection. The development of cybercafes and Wi-Fi hotspots definitely explains this evolution: it is now possible to access the Internet from these multiple points from a smartphone or a Wi-Fi only tablet. Let’s not forget simple cell phones, which are still very widespread in Myanmar. Cheap, sturdy and reliable, they are ideal for people who only use their phones for making calls and sending text messages.

In contrast, landline phones, because of their installation costs, are not popular in the country.

Mobile phone or tablet?

The main difference between the two, besides their size, is the ability to make calls with smartphones, using a SIM card or even two if you own a dual SIM phone. Otherwise, the two are sharing more and more features with each new generation: Android and iOS tablets are now available with LTE, meaning they do not only rely on the Wi-Fi. In the meantime, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger: some models, like the Samsung Galaxy Note, are called “phablets”, a combination of “phone” and “tablet”, as their size is very close to the one of a small-screen tablet.

Both types of devices are used for Internet browsing and gaming, and for online communications. They are equipped with a camera which makes them suitable to take pictures. Because of their bigger screen, tablets are more convenient for working or for watching movies. Their size makes them more convenient to carry than laptops, and for people who like to use a keyboard, the option of convertibles and hybrids is available.

Most popular mobile phones and tablets in Myanmar

When it comes to smartphones, brands like Samsung, Huawei and Xiaomi are among the most popular. But also mobile phone brands such as Sony or Apple find more and more popularity among Burmese smartphone users. Especially Apple smartphones such as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 have become widely used in Myanmar. Tablet computers with smaller screens are preferred by the Burmese, like the Mi Pad from Xiaomi, or the famous Samsung Galaxy Tab and iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 5.

Mobile phone and tablet price

The mobile phone price is depending on the Brand, generation and model. That's why a smartphone can cost anywhere between 200000 Ks to 900000 Ks. Tablet prices in Myanmar may vary between Brands like Samsung and Apple but usually range from 200000 Ks to 600000 Ks. Buying a used mobile phone or tablet can save you a lot of money and makes it very easy to upgrade your device to the latest version on the market. Second hand mobile phone prices will vary a lot depending on the level of condition. Same goes for used tablet prices. Once the condition meets what you are looking for you can get a great deal buying a used smartphone or tablet.

Where can you buy used smartphones and tablets in Myanmar?

Physical stores are the traditional choice for buying new mobile phones or tablets in Myanmar. As the capital city, Yangon has a lot of choice and you will probably find the tablet or the phone you are looking for. But if you are looking for a great deal, for instance by buying a second-hand phone, or if you don’t live in an area of Myanmar with many store options, buying online through classifieds websites is the best solution. You can browse the ads near you and meet the seller at your convenience.

If you are looking to sell your smartphone or tablet to maybe buy a new one, classifieds offer you the opportunity to reach a great number of potential buyers in your area, and are completely free. Easily earn extra money by uploading an ad of your product. Just take a photo of your mobile phone or tablet, write a short description, set a price and offer your device to thousands of interested buyers in your city.