Verve Connect Signs with Brightstar to Bring Sub-£100 IMO Smartphone Brand to Market

The new IMO brand is set to challenge the status quo, bringing style, quality and features to the entry price smartphone market

Verve Connect has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Brightstar, to bring its affordable IMO branded, Android smartphones to market. The new brand combines unrivalled price and performance with stylish design. The IMO range of smartphones, IMO Q and IMO S, will launch in early September, with prices starting from just £39.

Brightstar and Verve Connect both recognise the sub-£100 smartphone segment as being a prime growth area. The IMO products appeal to both the substantial youth market and mature feature phone users migrating to a smartphone for the first time. The IMO range is aimed at these customers, and will appeal to the sales channels that serve them. Retailers will benefit from aggressive price points that will attract volume sales. The single-SIM design also makes the IMO phones attractive to MVNOs wishing to offer IMO smartphones as part of a contract.

Nigel Whitehead Head of Sales and Propositions for Verve Connect said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Brightstar as the exclusive distributor for our IMO product range. They have excellent trading relationships with both our confirmed and target customers, and fully understand where the IMO Brand and products fit into the mobile market. Our ambition is to become a key player in the sub-£100 smartphone market over the next 18 months, and I am confident that the team at Brightstar can help us achieve this

Brightstar UK Head of Product & Propositions Astrid Smyth commented: “We are excited to be working with Verve Connect to launch IMO smartphones into our sales channels. We immediately saw a huge opportunity with the IMO proposition and have already secured sales with a number of our leading partners. Through IMO, our customers will be able to achieve competitive price points whilst offering end users a high-performing and stylish product. Consumers are becoming ever increasingly aware of value and through IMO we have a proposition that will be successful for many customer channels including retailers, MVNOs and B2B.”

About IMO:

IMO is a new smartphone and mobile device brand from Verve Connect, an energetic UK company that integrates extensive local industry knowledge with vast Chinese engineering strength. Their success evolves from developing both mobile and wireless CPE devices. The knowledge they have derived from designing and building devices has been channelled into creating the IMO brand. This is combined with
a leadership team of experienced industry professionals with strong business credibility, having worked in the UK and European mobile device market across a number of Tier 1 and Tier 2 brands.

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About Brightstar:

Brightstar, a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., is a leading provider of B2B services to mobile manufacturers, operators, retailers, and enterprises. With more than 50,000 customers in about 100 countries across six continents, Brightstar is firmly positioned at the center of the wireless ecosystem®. Brightstar touches almost every aspect of a mobile device somewhere in its lifecycle, by providing innovative services that can be seamlessly integrated across customer mobile value chains. Brightstar reported global net revenues of approximately $12.1 billion in 2015. For more information, please visit

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