Tuesday, 08 May 2018 11:51

Spark NZ launches Android One with Nokia 7 plus, Nokia 6.1

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New Zealand’s largest telco Spark is claiming first mover rights in its home market with the launch of Google’s Android One program through Nokia’s newest additions of Android smartphones.

Spark, in partnership with HMD Global, says it will be the first to bring the phones to the New Zealand market, with the initial launch of the new Nokia 6.1 which is available from today, followed by the Nokia 7 plus from 22 May.

And to spice up the offer, Spark says both devices come with a free set of Jaybird Headphones when a customer purchases 24-month interest-free on eligible Spark pay monthly plans.

According to Spark’s general manager of Customer and Marketing, Richard Sandford, the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 6.1 offer something that even phones twice their price don’t have – “a redeveloped software that delivers an uncluttered operating system, giving customers an easy personalised experience, set and delivered directly from Google”.

“We know fans have been holding out for Android One to arrive after Google announced their partnership with Nokia at the World Mobile Congress last month. Through our exclusive partnership, we can give Kiwis access to the best Android experience possible,” Sandford says.

He says Android powers 85% of phones around the world and most manufacturers customise their Android experience to their own brand’s needs, meaning a user’s experience on Android varies greatly from device to device.

“What this also means is that software updates and security patches are delivered to the customer at different times, depending on the manufacturer.

“The speed and frequency of software updates are probably one of the unique features the Nokia 7 plus and Nokia 6.1 offers to our customers. The Android One program provides the most consistent, clutter-free and up-to-date version of Android available to date, meaning customers can rest assured knowing that their device is secure and running as efficient as it can.”

New Zealand and Australia country manager for HMD Global, Mark Trundle, says: “Nokia 7 plus is a true hero in our smartphone range. We know our fans are capturing, watching, exploring, working and gaming on their mobile phones more than ever before. That’s why we've designed the Nokia 7 plus to be your stylish companion that goes wherever you go. It also is the first Nokia smartphone to have artificial intelligence led imaging features, making your already great selfie even better.”

Spark is offering Nokia 7 plus and the new Nokia 6.1 in black copper and they are available exclusively from www.spark.co.nz, or in-store from Spark and retail channel partners.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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