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Microsoft Plans Windows Phone Sale to Boost Growth in Africa

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Microsoft Corp. plans to start selling a new generation of mobile phones and tablet computers in Africa that run on the U.S. company’s operating systems to tap surging demand for smart handsets on the continent.

Microsoft is working with technology partners based in Shenzhen, China, and plans to introduce the $75 to $100 smartphones this year, Fernando de Sousa, Microsoft’s general manager for Africa Initiatives, said in a Jan. 30 interview in Ghana’s capital, Accra. He declined to give further details about the phone as the product hasn’t been released to the public.