Introducing the MTN Steppa, the most affordable smartphone ever!

January 20, 2014

Just the other day I managed to get my hands on the new MTN smartphone, the Steppa, also dubbed as the ‘most affordable smartphone ever’. At first I thought the claim was bold, but as I made one discovery after another, each quick finding only validated everything the phone was said to be! It’s a smartphone with all the features you need, minus the features that you really don’t. This results in a smartphone that is high on functionality but low on cost. Let’s have a closer look at this great device.

Firstly, the Steppa is a very simple yet beautiful and eye-catching device masked with a crisp and clear 3.5 inch touchscreen. For the exterior, you can choose between either black or white, with both options sporting a very modern look. Adding to the external appeal is the fact that the phone fits snuggly in the palm of your hand, ideal for typing messages, and is an easy fit for your pocket.

The Steppa offers a very intuitive mobile experience characterised by a fast and user-friendly adaptation of the Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) operating system (OS).  The major difference here is that the user interface has been tailored to the needs of the modern MTN subscriber. This means that you have quick and easy access to the MTN universe, thanks to handy preloaded apps such as myMTNza, perfect for a detailed account balance check and purchasing data, airtime and SMS bundles. MTN also knows that you need quick and easy access to your favourite social media and messaging apps, which is why the home screen has a dedicated  hub for WhatsApp, Google+, Facebook and Twitter, to name but a few!

No need to worry, the user interface doesn’t mean that you won’t have access to the rest of the Android world. There are a variety of additional apps available on the Google Play store, and these fit in seamlessly when downloaded to your device. The phone also comes with one of the best and most popular mobile internet browsers: Opera Mini, allowing you to get more browsing time for your data.

I also discovered that the Steppa has an impressive extended battery life. For all those chat and surfing addicts, you will be grateful for the uninterrupted connectedness the Steppa’s battery offers. I was able to go through the whole day without my battery dying.  The Steppa is a performance driven device, all thanks to the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon processor hiding away under this impressive smartphone’s bonnet.

You’d suspect that since this device is available at the highly affordable price of R499, a lot of features might be missing from it, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that it comes with a 2MP camera with video recorder, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi capability, stereo headset and a microSD card. Add to this a range of helpful security features such as AVG Antivirus and privacy features such as Data Backup and you’ll soon realise you really do have a trusty digital companion in the MTN Steppa.

Here is a summary of the stand-out features:

Display3.5 Inch Touch Screen
Dimensions121.4 x 63.2 x 11.8 mm
Resolution320×480 HVGA 16M TFT
OSCustomised Version of Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon, 1GHz Single-core
RAM (Memory)512MB RAM
Storage1GB Rom, expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
Camera2MP AF Camera with video recorder


As if this phone couldn’t get any better, MTN will be offering Steppa-specific prepaid products such as email and messaging bundles, so you will not only get a phone that suits your taste, style and pocket but bundles that suit your phone’s taste and style too. Clever that!

Ultimately, the Steppa is a beautiful, performance driven smartphone in the truest sense of the word. It’s an enjoyable entry-level phone that gives a comprehensive smartphone experience and at such a affordable price, you are getting more than you could ask for. Get it at selected PEP and Edcon group stores today!

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