Filipino technology company Star Telecom Alliance Resources Inc., the parent of smartphone brand Starmobile, announced on June 15 the start of its mobile phone production with an initial goal to assemble 20,000 units of UNO B208 featurephones in a facility in Calamba City, Laguna.
The ground-breaking effort officially makes Starmobile the first Filipino brand to assemble mobile phones locally. The facility can assemble a minimum of 1,000 units per day.
“Since we started five years ago, it has been the company’s goal to contribute to the local economy and provide employment by assembling phones in the Philippines,” said Starmobile chief operating officer Michael Chen.
“Aside from bringing us a step closer to our dream of building up the Philippines an important player in the global tech scene, this will also benefit our bottom line, as it will result in more cost and time-efficient logistics and shipment around the country. In addition, because we will have parts and an assembly facility locally, we expect this to improve our after-sales support for our customers,” said Chen.
While smartphones are more popular than ever in the Philippines, the demand for basic call-and-text feature phones still thrives in the country. Their affordability allows them to be great daily drivers for a large segment of the population, while their focused call-and-text services and compact screens allow them to be very power efficient.
The Starmobile UNO B208 is a dual-SIM feature phone with an FM radio, camera with flash, expandable memory, flashlight, multimedia playback, and a battery life of up to two days. It is available in red, blue, or black.
Established in 2011, Starmobile is the mobile devices division of Star Inc. It is founded by telco industry experts with extensive experience in retail and product development.
Since it first offered Android devices, Starmobile has officially become the winningest Philippine smartphone brand with a slew of innovation awards from reputable media outfits. The company’s flagship Knight series, has won top awards since 2013—a feat that has not been replicated by any local device company.
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