The biggest news from G South Africa day 2 must be the announcement by 8ta and Google introducing the Free Zone. With zero airtime on your 8ta sim card you can now access Gmail, Google+, search Google AND access the first page of the website you click from those search results for free!
Amith Maharaj, 8ta Senior Managing Executive, said; “Effectively it means that all South Africans can have access to Google Search, Google email and Google social networking by simply using any 8ta SIM card on any data enabled handset, no matter how old, free of charge.”
Luke Mckend, Country Manager, Google South Africa, said;“This gives people easier access to information in a way that benefits everyone, whether it’s an individual or a small business that wants to reach more people on the web.”
The service will be available immediately to all 8ta subscribers at freezone.google.com
The cheapest data bundle in South Africa is now free. You have to use your default browser on your phone and does not apply to tablets. Users without a Gmail account can sign up for free. When users leave the Free Zone to navigate deeper into a website or download an attachment they are informed about the data charges and given the option to purchase an appropriate data package. The service will be trialled until 31 May 2013.
Free Zone aims to put the web in the hands of more people. First time Internet users who haven’t purchased data bundles often find basic services like email, mobile web browsing and social applications to be very expensive. Using Free Zone, feature phone users can use the power of the web to grow their businesses or keep in touch with friends and family without the fear of unknown data costs and make more informed choices about their next data device.