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By 10 February 2012 | Categories: news

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MTN recently increased the maximum download speed limit for its uncapped internet users. Now the cellular service provider turns its attention to smartphone users, by introducing a set of new smartphone internet services.

According to the company, the services are similar to Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), but is available to users that employ other types of handsets. A BIS subscription provides BlackBerry users with free access to their email, chat (BlackBerry Messenger), internet browsing (not video streaming or downloading) as well as social networking (Facebook and Twitter).

The following smartphone services are already available for purchase:
  • Nokia Smartphone Pro Service, which provides Nokia users with a fair use data allowance of 75 MB to access the Finnish company’s mobile ecosystem (Nokia Messaging, chat, navigation and Nokia Store) and any other internet usage.
  • MTN Smartphone Pro Service, giving users a fair use data stipend amounting to 75 MB on any smartphone for email, instant messaging (IM), navigation as well as other internet usage.
  • MTN Social Networking Service that delivers 75 MB of fair use allowance to access Facebook and MXit (only via m.facebook.com and m.mxit.com) on any smartphone. Accessing any other social networking site such as Twitter or using other internet-based services will result in additional charges.
  • MTN Opera Mini Internet Service, which also provides users with a 75 MB fair use allowance on any smartphone, to access the internet using the MTN Branded Opera Mini browser.
 
New Smartphone Internet Services: Fair Use data amount: Out-of-fair data rates: Cost:
Nokia Smartphone Pro Service  75 MB 50c  R49
MTN Smartphone Pro Service  75 MB 50c  R49
MTN Social Networking Service  75 MB 65c  R29
MTN Opera Mini Internet Service  75 MB 50c  R35
 
These smartphone services are targeted at entry-level mobile device users and are available via interactive voice response (IVR - call 141 from your MTN handset), USSD (enter *141*6#), on the web and in-store.

MTN stated that customers using these smartphone web services will be connected to the quickest internet speed available, depending on the device they are using and MTN’s network capacity and capability. Clients will be allowed to employ different combinations of these smartphone services, but may not utilise multiples of the same service.

Serame Taukobong, chief marketing officer of MTN South Africa said: “These internet services will give customers more affordable access to their apps, and help them to stay in touch with their friends and social circles when they want to.”
 
In other mobile data related news Vodacom recently announced its latest data special that can provide its contract and Top up clients with mobile data costs savings of up to 60%.

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