Smartphones usage takes off in Myanmar

In the recent years, the use of mobile phones and smartphones has increased exponentially in Myanmar. Even though the country is still behind in terms of mobile penetration, phone providers like Telenor and Ooredoo invested in this growing market and contributed to the Burmese mobile revolution. 

While many Burmese still use regular mobile phones to make calls, the possibility to browse the web, send emails, take pictures and play games on a smartphones is seducing more and more locals and famous Smartphone flagships like the iPhone from Apple are making their way into the Burmese market. Looking around the streets of Yangon, it is not rare to see Huawei smartphones and Samsung Galaxy Smartphones. With the development of 3G coverage in the country, the use of smartphones over mobile phones presents a lot of advantages for professional and private use. 

Most popular smartphones in Myanmar and their prices

The most commonly used smartphones in Burma come primarily from nearby countries. The iPhone is a notable exception as it remains the favorite phone of the Burmese population. Samsung is a close second, followed by Sony and Huawei. The Oppo and the Chinese Xiaomi and Vivo are also popular brands as they offer cheaper phones with comparable qualities. 

Here are some of the best smartphones available in Myanmar in 2015:

iPhone 7 Plus : the most famous smartphone in the world is available for about 1,100,000 Ks for a 128GB model. Not very much different from its predecessor, iPhone 6 Plus, in overall size and display size, yet it comes with a more powerful processor and also better camera. Both the primary and secondary camera possess better mega pixels and quality. The iPhone 7 Plus comes preinstalled with the latest iOS 10.1 which allows you to use every up-to-date applications produced by the Apple. It also comes in diferent colors of Jet Black, Black ,Silver, Gold and Rose Gold, altogether with different internal memory of 16GB , 32GB and 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: introduced recently, this new Flagship phone of Samsung is to fight off the large market occupation of Apple. Mainly a rival to iPhone 7, the S7 Edge comes with a unique curved edge body structure, which cannot be seen on any other brand or even in its most of the models. This model is well-round perfect in most factors such as Camera, processor and other powerful features such as fingerprint scanners and display resolution.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 5: One of the Samsung’s most famous series, the Note 5 is aimed to be the best by analyzing the user experience and data gained from its predecessors, Note 3 and Note 4. Comes with a large screen display of 5.7”, the Note 5 excels in both processing and style. The stylus also provides more useful features which makes it the most suitable phone model for designers and art creation related personnel.Buying a SIM card in Myanmar

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: this mid-range smartphones offer the quality of the Sony brand at an affordable price. Most notable feature of this phone is inclusion of flashlight for selfie - camera. Available with Dual SIM and 4G, it costs about 425,000 Ks for a new model.

Oppo F1: this 5.0 inch phone is the latest model in the arsenal of the somehow famous electronic company Oppo. Just like other high tech phones, it comes with a metallic alloy body, altogether with good quality camera of 13 Mega pixel and a 1.7 GHz Octa Core processor. Even though not as much performing as S7 or iPhone 7, this model still offers a decent hardware with a reasonable price. You can get one around with only 1.5 Lakh for a used one.

 Huawei P9: the recently launched Ascend P9 is an marvelous product of the Huawei. Unlike almost al l the phones those are produced before, P9 is a high end level model with improvements on all sides Among all the improvements, the Dual lens camera with Leica optics of the P9 is the most excelling, being able to produce high-definition pictures with pretty good quality. External body design is also improved that it even resembles the famous iPhone a bit. Implemented with an Octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM, the processing also gets a lot faster as much as of other high-end phones from Samsung and Sony.

Once you have your phone, you need a SIM card to operate it. Telenor and Ooredoo are the biggest players on the market and the prices have decreased tremendously in a few time. You will need your NRC card to purchase a prepaid SIM card. On a monthly basis, 4,000 Ks will get you 1GB of internet on top of text messages and calls. Billing cards are available starting from 1,000 Ks.

Buying a second hand phone in Myanmar: the cheapest option

Whether you are looking for a top smartphone or a cheap mobile phone, buying a used device is a great solution to save some money. Selling your old phone on a classifieds website is an excellent idea to make some money and use it to buy a newer model.  For people looking for cheap mobile phones to make calls, buying second hand is again the best solution to get a competitive price. Here are the things you need to know before buying a used phone:

  • Battery life: is the phone battery still usable or will you need to buy a new one?
  • Is the charger included by the seller or will you need to buy one? (if you don’t already own the appropriate cable)
  • Storage capacity: depending on your needs, you may want more or less. If you tend to take many pictures or if you’re addicted to apps, definitely opt for a high capacity. Gaming apps in particular use a lot of memory. Keep in mind that while some smartphones include the possibility to add an extra SD-card, it is not the case for all models. 
  • State of the device: buying second hand means there will probably be marks on it. It might not be a problem for you, but don’t hesitate to ask the seller about anything visible.

If you are a seller, all the points above should be mentioned in your product’s description. It is a good idea to protect your phone with a case and screen protector so that it stays in good condition. This will increase its value# for the time when you decide to re-sell it on