Globacom launches SMS newspaper

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Mobile operator Globacom has launched a mobile newspaper in Nigeria, which will provide subscribers on the network with news and updates from around the region.

Mobile operator Globacom has launched a mobile newspaper in Nigeria (image: file)

“We are glad to announce to our esteemed subscribers the birth of Glo-Mpaper, a service that supplies news from local and international newspapers to subscribers over SMS and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). The beauty of this service from our stable is that beyond the immediacy of delivering the news items as they break, users can subscribe to at least three different newspapers,” said Globacom’s Coordinator for Marketing, Adeniyi Olukoya.

The service will costs N50 per week, and “all a subscriber needs to do to access the service is to have a basic handset with Globacom connection. As soon as the pre-paid customer confirms his subscription, the relevant charge will be automatically deducted from the current balance, while a post-paid customer will have the charges added to his or her monthly bill, the company said in a statement.

The newspaper will feature a number of categories, which users can change as many times as they wish. The service will also be available to any brand or model of handset, while users don’t need a GPRS connection to access it.

Charlie Fripp – Consumer Tech editor