ArmenTel unveils own-label Beeline Pro4 smartphone

15 Sep 2016

ArmenTel (Beeline), the Armenian telco owned by VimpelCom of Russia, has unveiled a new own-brand smartphone, the Beeline Pro4, designed to work with its in-deployment 4G LTE network. The company is introducing the device with an introductory offer ‘Smart Special’ priced at AMD33,000 (USD69.80) with 5GB of data (valid for six months), although an instalment option is also available costing a total of AMD36,500. ArmenTel CEO Andrei Pyatakhin says the Beeline Pro4 is being marketed as an affordable smartphone option. It runs on the Android 5.1 O/S, has a quad-core processor, two cameras, and modern standard communications modules, including Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/.

As reported by CommsUpdate, last week ArmenTel announced the launch of what it is calling a pilot-commercial LTE network in the central districts of the capital, Yerevan. The firm confirmed the rollout of 70 4G-equipped base transceiver stations (BTS) and plans to increase that number to 150 BTS before the end of 2016. The carrier says its new advanced network currently offers peak mobile internet speeds of up to 60Mbps. ‘Technology goes forward and Beeline, as the largest telecommunications operator in Armenia, is pleased to report that all its mobile internet services will now be even faster, easier and more convenient thanks to [the] 4G network standard,’ Pyatakhin was quoted as saying. People wishing to sign up the service will need a smartphone tablet or USB modem that supports 4G LTE technology, with an installed USIM-card.