Launch of Egypt’s first smartphone postponed after batteries stolen

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The first Egyptian-made mobile phone planned to launch in Egypt at the end of this month will be delayed after officials confirmed that the shipment of the cellphone batteries has been stolen.

Head of SICO Technology, the company manufacturing the cellphone, was quoted saying a shipment of 15,000 batteries had been stolen and police are currently investigating the issue.

Mohamed Salem told al-Nahar TV that the shipment was heading to Egypt via its coastal port in the city of Damietta.

The launch will now be postponed to an unspecified date, he added.

Earlier this month, the first Egyptian-made cellphone was presented in the attendance of President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi during a regional technological trade fair in New Cairo.

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