Tanzanian mobile operator Airtel announced yesterday that it will be affording its users free access to social networks Facebook, Twitter and messaging service WhatsApp in the country.
“Our customers can now access Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter without incurring any charge. “It gives customers more opportunity to get in touch with friends and family on social media networks for free,” said Beatrice Singano, Airtel Communications Director commenting on the services during the launch.
Singano explained how customers can access the services. “Those who subscribe to any of our Yatosha Data bundles, be it the daily, weekly or monthly package, the MB or GB received after subscription will not be used on Facebook, Whatsapp or Twitter.”
She added that the left-over data can be used for normal web browsing. “Customers will instead be able to enjoy their Data bundles on other web applications, either by downloading anything from YouTube or accessing local social networks as they wish.”
Airtel Marketing Manager, Upendo Nkini said “For those who wish to have their Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter free, just subscribe to Yatosha bundles by dialing *149*99#.”
According to Airtel, “Select a bundle that suits your needs and lifestyle then enjoy then update your family and friends via social media (whatsapp, facebook and tweeter) for free. She explained that Airtel seeks to find more innovative ways to provide value to their customers.”
Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor