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Mobile Phones history of Bangladesh

Phones are of two types. Feature phone and smartphone. At the very beginning of the 21st century, people of Bangladesh got the chance to use a mobile phone so conveniently because of the availability and affordability of featured phones. Even not only Bangladeshi people but also people of South Asia and people of third world countries conveniently made their communication because of the affordability to buy featured phones. However, at the early stage of the 21st century, Bangladeshi people got the chance to communicate with their kith and kin using featured phone Nokia. Nokia 1100, Nokia 1101 and Nokia 1108 are the featured mobile phones which were the ultimate communication mobile sets to the people of Bangladesh for the year 2003 to the year 2010. After the year 2010, the mobile phone company has started losing its market share in Bangladesh due to the challenge got from mobile brand Symphony. However, Nokia had smartphones available in the market but they were not that much popular as featured phones.

Mobile phone history of Bangladesh

EDISON GROUP’s first company SB Tel Enterprise Ltd was established in 2005. In 2008 the company started a mobile business with the brand SYMPHONY with the slogan “New experience”. SYMPHONY is the first mobile phone brand which assured people providing high-quality smartphones at an affordable price. After the year 2010, the mobile phone company started taking the market share of smartphones and featured phones with its exclusive features. At that time the prices of mobile phones, especially smartphones were more than BDT 15000 whereas SYMPHONY gave people a new experience with same features, provided by giant mobile phone companies such as SAMSUNG and so forth, with the price range of at most BDT 5000 to BDT 6000. Thus, the smartphones became available to the people of Bangladesh who are middle class and lower-middle-class people. The android sets of SYMPHONY were very low budgeted mobile phones assuring high quality which attracted the middle class and lower-middle-class people to buy the sets. Some popular mobile sets of SYMPHONY are –

Symphony i95

Symphony E90

Symphony V155

Symphony V145

Symphony V98

Symphony i120

Symphony V44

Symphony B12i

Symphony Roar V78

In the meantime, another company Walton also came up with its unique featured and smartphones targeting the lower middle class and lower class people of Bangladesh. The company also made competition in the market to reduce smart and featured phones prices. Some popular mobile phone sets of Walton right now are –

Walton Primo G8i

Walton Primo GM3+

Walton Primo EF8 (4G)

Walton Primo GH7i

Walton Primo F8s

Walton Primo H7s

Walton Primo GM3

Walton Primo RX6

Walton Primo H7

Walton Primo HM4

These sets (Walton and SYMPHONY) are all priced below BDT 10000 affordable to middle class, lower middle class and lower class people of Bangladesh. The reason of getting attracted to buy the smartphone set of Walton, SYMPHONY and so on and so forth is because of the companies’ assurance of phones qualities and attractive features. For instance, the cameras, front and back cameras, of Android sets of Walton and SYMPHONY are normally 8 to 10 megapixels with the price of BDT 6000 to BDT 8000 whereas the same feature provided by giant mobile phone companies such as SAMSUNG has sets priced as BDT 15000 To BDT 20000. You can check all mobile phone price in Bangladesh from here.

From the year 2015 Oppo Bangladesh got popularity among selfi freak people because of its high-quality camera. The android sets of Oppo are affordable to selfi freak young middle-class people. The popular mobile sets of Oppo are –

Oppo R17 Pro

Oppo A7

Oppo A5

Oppo F9

Oppo A3s

Oppo A37fw

From the year 2017 the trend to buy Huawei mobile phones has been going on among the middle class people especially the youths. The reason of getting attracted to buy the android set are the unique features of the phone. The popular mobile sets of Huawei are –

Huawei Y7 Pro

Huawei Y6 Prime

Huawei Nova

Huawei Y9 2018

Huawei Y7 Prime

Huawei Y3 2017

Huawei Y3 2017

These mobile sets are mainly popular to the people who are young. The RAM, camera quality and so on and so forth features attract the youth to have Huawei sets for them.

In recent days the mobile sets which have made buzz among mobile crazy young people of Bangladesh are Xiaomi. The mobile is now the latest trend to the people of Bangladesh, especially to the youth. Anyone looking for safety prefers Xiaomi mobile phone. Anyone who is very much selfi freak prefers Xiaomi. If the quality issue comes to mind then Xiaomi is the first preference to the youth now. Some popular Xiaomi mobiles are –

Xiaomi Redmi note 7 pro

Xiaomi Redmi Go

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi Redmi 6

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

Considering the quality, price and comfort the classy people still prefer SAMSUNG, i-phone, OnePlus. To the,m price does not matter as long as the 100% quality assures. Thus, they always go for mobile phones such as the iPhone, Samsung, OnePlus and so forth. Some popular mobile sets of one plus, iPhone and SAMSUNG are –


OnePluss 7

OnePluss 6T McLaren

OnePluss 6T

OnePluss 6

OnePluss 3

OnePluss X

OnePluss 2



Samsung Galaxy M20

Samsung Galaxy J8

Samsung Galaxy A6+

Samsung Galaxy J4

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy M10


Apple iPhone 4S

Apple iPhone 6

Apple iPhone 6S Plus

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone XS

Apple iPhone XR

These are not the only phones popular to people of different economic ranges. Motorola, Vivo, Sony, Tecno, Maximus, HTC, Lenovo, BlackBerry, LG, Micromax, Infinix, WE, Asus, Itel and Lava are also popular to certain targeted people.

Among the lower class people, Micromax and Maximus sets are very popular. In fact, both featured and smart phones of Maximus and Micromax are popular to the lower class people of Bangladesh. Some popular brands of these two sets are –

Maximus D7

Maximus P7

Maximus D1

Micromax Canvas M1 Q4261

Micromax Q440

Micromax Bolt Q3001

At the early stage of 21st century, HTC and LG created a very good image in the mobile phone market. However, with the passage of time being failed to upgrade their features the brands could not grow onward. BlackBerry also made a buzz for a certain period of time among people at the beginning of its journey but could not grow comparatively with anticipation. However, it is true that Chinese phone have great impacts in the mobile market of Bangladesh. Due to the Chinese phones availability, humongous people of the country got the chance to use smartphones.

Read more: History of telecommunication industry of Bangladesh

It was not a long time back when people of Bangladesh were dependent on featured phones. Even in 2010 very few portions of the population of our country used a smart phone. However, with the touch of globalization and improvement of technology two-third of the population now use smartphone. Lower class people even now use the smart phones of different brands. Lower economy class people have at least featured phones with them which is really a great achievement.

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