Taking a step ahead of its smartphone and wearable business, Chinese hardware company Xiaomi has ventured into launching its own mobile operator service. The company has become a MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) with “Mi Mobile,” launch which will allow Chinese users to buy SIM cards online.
‘Mi Mobile’, Xiaomi’s mobile offering, has two packages. The first is a pay-as-you-go model which charges $0.02 per voice call minute, SMS, or 1MB of data. The second deal is a $10 monthly package that gives users 3GB of data and charges customers $0.02 per call minute, text message or 1MB data (after exceeding 3GB data cap). The first option is available from September 23, while the second comes online in October – both will be available from Mi.com, Xiaomi’s online store, in China.
Six months back, Google also announced the launch of a MVNO service in US called ‘Fi’ which hosted through Sprint Corp and T-Mobile’s networks.
Apart from this, the company has released its latest smartphone, the Mi 4c for $200 in China. Here are specifications of the device:
It also unveiled its new Mi Bluetooth Speaker in China with aluminium body and 1500mAh built-in battery. The new speakers have been priced at approximately $30. The speaker also comes with microSD card support.