Ufone Launches 3 Android Handsets [Pix+Video]


Ufone has formally stepped into Smartphone handset business. Earlier, Ufone has already tried selling low-end phone and we know the experience has been remarkable, except that the phones used to get unlocked.

Today, in a single go, Ufone has launched 3 android based handsets, which come with 30 MB of free Free GPRS Usage for 18, 15 and 6 Months based on phone model.

All three handsets are manufactured by Huawei and comes with network locked setting. Ufone claims that its Image Phone (U8800) is not unlock-able.

Ufone has arranged hands-on for all the android handsets at its main service centers in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad (F-7).

We managed to catch Mr. Waqar Nayyar, AM Devices and Special projects for Ufone, who briefed us about the Android handsets that Ufone launched today.

Check out more details in following video:

Ufone Image (U8800):

Ufone Image sports a 3.8-inch capacitive touchscreen, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, Bluetooth, GPS / A-GPS and WiFi connectivity.

Ufone Image Android Phone is powered by a 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor with 512MB RAM.

It has 4 GB of internal memory and supports microSD / SDHC expansion.


  • Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 5 MP Auto Focus Camera with LED flash
  • 3.8” full touch screen supporting auto rotation
  • G-sensor
  • 720p HD video capture and playback
  • WIFI with portable hotspot support
  • Google Software Suite
  • Web browsing with Flash support
  • 512 MB RAM + 4GB Memory
  • Price: Price: Rs. 24,999
  • Free 30 MB GPRS, Every month for 18 months


Ufone Verve (U8500):

Ufone Verge runs on the Android operating system, and comes with a music and video player supporting H.264, H.263, MP4, eAAC+, WMA and MP3 file types.

This model sports a 262K color touchscreen measuring 3.2-inches; you also get features such as an Optical trackpad, Accelerometer sensor, Bluetooth, 3G and a memory slot for up to 32GB MicroSD cards.


  • Android™ 2.1 OS
  • 3.2” full touch screen
  • 3.2 MP Camera
  • Google applications
  • G-Sensor
  • Optical Trackpad
  • FM Radio
  • Price: Rs. 15,499
  • Free 30 MB GPRS, Every month for 15 months


Ufone Ideos (U8150):

We are familiar with Huawei Ideos, which is now brought by Ufone as well. Ufone says it is offering Black Ideos, which is otherwise not available in Pakistan. In addition, Ufone is giving away one free casing with all Ufone Ideos (until stock lasts).

  • Android™ 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2.8” full touch screen
  • Micro SD Card support upto 16 GB
  • G-Sensor
  • Google Software Suite
  • Price: Rs. 11,999
  • 30 MB Free GPRS for 6 months


Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK

  • Any idea which manufacturer the Verve and Image are made by? The Ideos we know is by Huawei. For the other two to be that cheap I’m pretty sure they would have to be Huawei or ZTE too.

  • ZoNG is also offering IDEOS in same price except the free data provided by both but for these handsets, ZoNG is offering bestest ever GPRS package.

    • NO Zong is give U8150 in Rs.11000. Now have to see if Ufone is giving network locked or unlocked set.

        • Ahmed, agar tum aankhen khol ker iss post ko parhho to sab kutch likha hua hai. yeh 3non sets network locked hain. Sirf Image Unlockable hai after certain period.

          • all sets are unlockable right after you buy it. you have to pay about 1500-2000 for unlock code.

          • “Genious” I read and commented on this post before you brought yourself here, this post was later updated and till then it wasn’t mentioned if it is locked or unlocked. Wasay lar kar aye ho kisi sy?

  • Wow. ufone is setting a good trend. i wonder why telenor failed here. i was expecting telenor to launch such offers prior to any other telco.

  • Ufone has clearly overshadowed the rest of the industry with this launch. This is sure to force competition to put on their thinking caps to beat this incredible offer.

    Well done Ufone i am heading your way for my very own android

    • Ufone is late to the party. It is third after Mobilink and Zong.

      Of course, Telenor and Warid are not even on the map. They’re still thinking of Balckberry.

    • Well Mr you know one thing even the Apple Iphone is also Made in China. so now what would you say about it.? and now nokia sets are also being made in china, not even that Dell, HP, Compaq, HTC, even all big companies hav plants in china and there products are made in china so have you left using them and hate them… please guys change you mind. China is ruling the world with its products and you still are crying….

      • There is no doubt that all the modern set are now manufactured in China including HTC, Apple Iphone etc as well but the difference is the technology, Iphone manufacturing in China doesn’t mean they are using Chines technology, parts are original, only the labour is cheap thats why they are all moving to China. So thats a cheap argument that every phone is from China so all are same.

        • The Same I was saying that if somthing is made in china then it doesn’t mean that it always be bad so why were you cursing above. on your first statement.

  • Great work by Ufone. It is really appreciatable. Now pakistani developers should open forums like Xda as well. It will boost local industry, as we know we have intellect and talent for such things in abundance.

  • U8500 set is not good. It has outdated hardware specs and software (2.1)

    Ufone should have launched Ideos U8510, which is updated version with newer hardware and comes with gingerbread (2.3)

    I was looking for middle level set, and would have bought U8510 instantly. Looks like, I have to wait more :(

  • if i buy ufone image handset so is that mean i can only use ufone sim on that handset??? plz reply

  • So what about the Network Lock option? These sets locked to ufone or unlocked to all networks. And zong is best option despite of ufone

    • Symbian is still the ruler in smartphone race. And also it doesn’t need any high spec hardware. Can run on 680 mhz processor and can also encode/decode 720p videos.

      • Bilal are you blind?

        I really don’t wanna argue with you, but that statement you made “Symbian is still the ruler in smartphone race” is a COMPLETE opposite of REALITY.

        • @Aamir Atta
          Mota Bhai, Such comments should be moderated. I see propakistani is getting quite relaxed on this.

          • We are always on it. He had a say, though a rough one.

            We got ur point, will be more careful. Thanks for notifying.

      • In America, people who can’t afford an iPhone, android phone or Blackberry buy Nokia. It is NOT EVEN a valid option for smartphones.

        Think about that.

  • obviously it’s network lock but yu can find out unlock at online or local mobile shop in khi/isl/lhr

  • X3 was an affordable and much better option and hope zong gonna launch it,but gud move,we wana c competition ultimatly bringing affordibl n quality stuff

  • I checked the handsets today by going to their service centre.

    Sorry to say, but the handsets are really crap, they are bulky and not good design.

    Plus they are Chinese, so there would be no re-sale value

  • I am using ideos U8150 for 4 months now. Bought it from zong for 16K :(

    Android rockxxx… and handset is of great quality as of any other phone in the market. Huawei is a good manufacturer.

    However, you must take into notice the battery timings of this set are very poor. Maximum it can go up to 24 hours and thats maximum. If u use GPRS which u r supposed to then it lasts only 12 to 18 hours maximum.

    Still i would say for a price of 11K, this is best phone in the market and the best feature is ANDROID.

    You will forget Nokia’s Symbian.

    • The people who can afford an iPhone already have one. Official launch wont make it much cheaper. Certainly, not around 25k Rs.

      Android was in the 40-70 range and is now eating into the 10-30k Rs range. All competitors, watch out!

  • There is no doubt that all the modern set are now manufactured in China including HTC, Apple Iphone etc as well but the difference is the technology, Iphone manufacturing in China doesn’t mean they are using Chines technology, parts are original, only the labour is cheap thats why they are all moving to China. So thats a cheap argument that every phone is from China so all are same. And what the problem with the man …. Aaaaaaaa Aaaaaaaa Aaaaaaaaa Aaaaaa.

    • soooo true mann!!! soo TRUE!!.
      i m usiing iphone 4 , and on the back its written assembled in china !.so 2 days back one of my relative chekin out my 4g and suddenly he said ..
      ooo ye to china wala hai ! i said WTF man its the real deal . then he starts to argue .its china made and bla bla bla . quality me diference hota hai and i was just laughing the whole time . seriously guys we have to change our perception of china made LOL

  • A review of the Huawei’s Android sets would be appreciated along with the user experience. If anyone has gone for these sets please do let us know. I am using an HTC Wildfire and the it simply rocks.
    @ Salam Zafar, please use Advanced Task Killer to extend battery life by another 24 hours. My Wildfire works for 48 hours after I installed this app, its available at Android Market.

  • If you search prices of these sets on Internet you may ask:

    Why are these cell phone over-priced (even if tax included)?

    Locked sets are under-priced by telcos in other countries, why these sets aren’t but in fact over priced?

    Are ufone & Zong telecos or mobile shop walaz who sell phones for a profit rather to promote their main business which is selling telecom services?

  • Can anyone confirm what this guy in video is saying is true that U8800 is software as well as hardware network locked ?

    P.S. I think not many people watched this video, where he is claiming an over-priced phone to be first cheaper andriod phone is market.

  • “These phones are being sold at full retail cost of unlocked phones by ufone. which is a ripoff, if ufone sell it 50% off as a subsidized phone then they got all the right to lock it.”


  • Guy in video is answering questions in a very “local style”, then why not in Urdu which I am sure 95% of people can understand here, and then when you pause for a while before you say “Ufone Image”..LOL..one may ask ..Who are these Huawei people after you name it “Ufone Image” ? Too shy to tell manufacturer’s name ;)

    • 101% Agreed.

      He was being over-smart. Does he really think the target audience won’t know that it’s a Huawei? He paused for a bit, and then says “Ufone Image”. Why was he hiding the manufacturer?

      Plus I don’t like how he gave answers. His style was kinda annoying…And he should have used Urdu if his English speaking skills weren’t good enuf..

  • اسلام علیکم

    کیا کوئی دوست مجھے یہ انفارمیشن دے گا کی فون لاکڈ سے کیا مراد ہے؟
    مطؒب اِن فون کا نیٹ ورک لاکڈ کیوں ہو تا ہے اور اگر ایک بار نیٹ ورک کو ان لاکڈ کر دیں تو کیا یہ ہمیشہ کے لیئے ان لاکڈ ہو جائے گا یا ایک مخصوص ٹائم کے لیئے؟

    • نٹورک لاک کا مطلب یہ ہے کہ یہ فون یوفون کے علاوہ کسی اور نیٹ ورک پر نہیں چلے گا،
      مگر آپ اسے باآسانی کسی بھی موبائل سوفٹویر والے سے ان لاک کروا سکتے ہیں۔

  • Huawei is not a bad company, its business spread all over the world europe, asia and canada.. So if someone is thinking -vtly about Huawei then correct himself.

    • People can correct themselves but this is also a reality that Huawei provides all good or bad quality hardware to telecos according to their demands, example is cheap quality CDMA phones of PTCL. Specially their CDMA handsets were total crap, same is for their desktop phones first and 2nd generation specially. No one can say he/she is using these phones from more than 3 years now.

      • less price = less quality, a simple formula. So every vendor makes devices or products according to the demand. if someone spend more money then there will be more quality products for them…..

        • If a company isn’t even in first 20s in brand names and doesn’t spend on advertising its products at all, and new into business of smart phones, and isn’t known by majority..then it shouldn’t even think of expecting selling its products at price other well known brands are selling for.. even if the quality is same like other high tech phones of reputed brands.

  • Hello Friends,

    Low grade processor are installed in phone. All phone has 800mhz scorpion process, and all famous smart phone have snapdragon , A5 and dual core processor. So in low price you have to compromise on processing speed. Remember smart phones are all about processing speed. take your decision based on this.


    • Well,
      Imran before giving comments or spreading any knowlodge study regarding that first. as you said that all famous smartphone have snapdragon and A5 chips then let you know 1 A5 chips just come in IPAD2 even Iphone 4 doesn’t have this and A4 and A5 chips are just made for Apple by themselves.
      2nd Check the specs of Ufone Image(Huawei X5) if you compare its spec with other manufactureres then you will find that its being given very cheap as same qualities phones are being sold for more than 35K in the market i.e. HTC and Samsungs.
      So if you want to use new technology and you dont have enough money then Ufone’s is providing very nice sets. but if any one have enough money then he can go for HTC or Iphone.

      • As I said before

        “If a company isn’t even in first 20s in brand names and doesn’t spend on advertising its products at all, and new into business of smart phones, and isn’t known by majority of users..then it shouldn’t even think of expecting selling its products at price other well known brands are selling for.. even if the quality is same like other high tech phones of reputed brands”

        2nd, Ufone might be unique in this effort but ofcourse not the best operator. Whatever they do till they don’t stop spamming their customers everyday.

  • Anyone has found any info regarding unlocking of U8800 ? Can it be unlocked simply by a code ?

  • The only good thing Ufone did is claiming that U8800 is unlockable, otherwise they are selling it at full retail price and still locked. What a bad joke with end user.

    • Yes u can always upgrade but any of these phones will be dead slow after upgrading as requirement of higher OS are more hardware hungry.

  • i have purchased two image handsets…
    One became dead after three days….
    The other is fine but the touch screen is not good at all. Tooooo slowwww…..
    It doesnt worth to spend money for these crapy handsets….
    Signals are also not good….:(

    • Seriously? Did you contact the Customer Service Representatives and inform them about the problems with the phones?

  • guy in the vdo said tat image fone is hardware locked… wat does tat mean ???…. cant we unlock it by simple code or will hav to change the chip?

    • This is what many many people wana know but no one has yet replied this question on this tech portal..LOL.

      @Atif, bad luck bro you are ripped by Ufone. Write to PTA or sue them SERIOUSLY.

      • lol yea :s.. the report says tat its unlockable.. buy the vdo guy says tat its hardwarelocked.. but i just knw 2 kinds of locks … one is software which can be unlocked by using jaf box kind of tools.. and the other lock is sim lock .. which can be unlocked by simple code … but wats tat hardware lock :s…..

        • Only Ufone Image is Unlockable which is only software locked…

          and Ideos and Verge are hardware locked so u can only use ufone sim on it. it is not possible to unlock it.

          • oh tats gud.. but the UFONE guy in this vdo said image is hardware locked :S.. are u sure its unlockable

          • What you are saying and what that guy in Video is saying are two different things, do you have a reference to it ?

  • I love Huawei smartphones. Im currently using a Huawei Ideos in the USA. Can I know when the Huawei ideos X6 will be launch in Pakistan?I think it will be a slightly cheaper than the price in the USA.I will buy it in the pakistan if it launch there.

  • Major blooper in article:

    “Ufone claims that its Image Phone (U8800) is unlock-able.”

    Ufone claims it is “NOT” unlock-able!

  • BTW, the correct sentence would be:

    “Ufone claims that it’s Image Phone (U8800) cannot be unlocked.”

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