Finally, the old city has a sprawling cell mobile phone and accessories market. The area around the Charminar bus station now houses the biggest cell phone market of the old city. It has come over a period of last few years. The transformation of the area from a small economic hub to a full fledged market has been a slow but steady exercise.
“Initially there were just five shops but the numbers have slowly increased to 50. A few hundred people from across the old city come here everyday,” says Syed Sameer a trader. Apart from the Chinese or local brand of cell phones and its accessories one can also get branded cell phones here. “We also stock various models of Nokia, Samsung, LG and Sony cell phones. We arrange costlier phones also if orders are placed for it,” says Omer a shop owner. However, the regular visitors to the market say one can get phones priced up to Rs. 10,000 here at any point of time.
Due to the mushrooming of the market a few cell phones repair shops have also come up around. Most of these are managed by the youngsters from the old city.
Chinese accessories like batteries, head phones, memory cards and phone cases are also a hit here. Shopkeepers say they source it directly from the manufacturers while a few admit that it is brought from the wholesale market at Koti.
The tech trend has made its foray into the old city with the pearls, zari and bangles bazaar of Charminar now having space for mobile phone market. As for the consumers, instead of travelling to Ameerpet, Abids or Secunderabad to shop for a handset at one of the many stores and markets there, the Charminar’s cell phone bazaar brings gadgets stores closer home for them. “All one has to stress for a purchase bill and warranty slip,” a regular to market advices.
Asif Yar Khan