Safe Boda Uganda, a leading passenger transport company, on Wednesday unveiled a partnership with solar energy company d.light Uganda Ltd, through which its drivers will receive high-quality smartphones on favorable terms.
Under this arrangement, Safe Boda and Safe Car drivers will have access to smartphones on a rental purchase basis with an initial deposit they can then pay in small installments for one year.
Mr. Ricky Thompson, Co-Founder of Safeboda told the press at the company’s offices in Kampala that the partnership was necessary due to the high demand for smartphones for its drivers.
“Although (Safeboda) drivers get smartphones, many of them tend to lose their phones quickly, but others also get excited and want to get another phone. Others want to buy one for their loved ones, and this has increased the demand for smartphones.
Even as a company, Thompson says, they’ve recognized the need to make sure their drivers have the latest phones as technologies continue to improve.
“There was a lot of pressure from the driver community to make more smartphones available even after they got their first phone, and we felt there was no way to meet that demand without a partnership like this.” He said.
“So we decided to partner with D.Light, which is able to provide the perfect smartphone solutions by paying in installments.”
On his part, Mr. Douglas Gavala, Medical Director, Uganda, expressed optimism that the partnership will go a long way in enabling the drivers community to access smartphones in the most financially convenient way that does not affect their cash flow.
“We all need to appreciate that a smartphone is more than just a phone; it is an enabler for work, business, education, and access to wealth and information.”
Under the partnership, Javala said riders and drivers will be able to make daily deposits as low as Sh1,950 for a brand new Nokia C21 Plus or Sumsung A03 Core, after an initial deposit of Sh140,000.
Those who wish can also make weekly or monthly payments.