Rokit, a new Android phone contender, has blasted into CES 2019 with five phones and a bundle of wide-ranging services that it hopes will pull attention to its startup brand.
The surprisingly cheap prices span $35 for the entry-level Rokit One to $275 for the Rokit Pro IO 3D, a phone that includes a no-glasses-required 3D screen, international Wi-Fi calling and a year of free telemedicine consultations.
Rokit quietly launched in August, making it one of dozens of startups trying to carve a slice of smartphone sales by dangling tantalizingly low prices and services. Although it’s been many years since CES was a significant stage for phone unveilings, Rokit’s plan to talk up its phones at CES could nab it some attention without being swallowed up in the frenzy of February’s Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest phone show.
Rokit is banking on its bundled services to make money and draw in crowds using a freemium model. That is, you’ll receive services like 12 months of free international and domestic
Wi‐Fi calling on any phone, plus access to family telemedicine and discounted pharmaceuticals, with the option to add coverage for legal services and insurance.
After the freebies run out, you’ll have to pay $10 a month to renew the bundle. More