Thanks to a partnership between Ooredoo and Shop.com.mm, new mobile phones can be bought at a significant discount in Myanmar. The online and in-store sale offers mobile phones from leading brands like Samsung and Sony for up to 50% off.
The online retail site Shop.com.mm has become a top ten visited site in Myanmar despite the fact that most Myanmar residents have never purchased anything from the internet. Improvements in money-transfer technology, however, is making e-commerce more of a reality. The shop.com website has a function that gives free 4G data for ooredoo customers to show how easy funds can be shared online.
“We use to have just cash and delivery. Now I’m happy to say you don’t have to go to the bank, people can already transfer money through their mobile phone”. says Managing Director os shop.com.mm, Sumit Jasoria.
General Manager of Lenovo Myanmar, Mr. Liu was also excited about the growth of online financial services, “People have the money but don’t have the time. People may just want to wear underwear. Now there’s e-commerce, now there’s more choice. A new century!”
Of course, the factor of trust is still a challenge, especially for those who have never bought anything online before. Shop.com is adamant in their warranty services, promising to refund any product that a customer is unhappy with. Jasoria describes the goal to make e-commerce a trusted service for those in Kachin state as well as large urban centers.
A kiosk in Myanmar Plaza will also be offering discounted mobile phones on 2nd July and 3rd July. “We cannot ignore offline in this country. We are going to Myanmar Plaza where customers can come and see the products and brand”.
Phone brands available are, Samsung, Sony, Singtech, Motorola and Lenovo. No iPhones, sorry.