Serame Taukobong, MTN South Africa’s chief marketing officer, confirmed that MTN is launching new Smartphone Services, targeted at entry-level smartphone users.
Taukobong added that MTN Smartphone Services are similar to the Blackberry Internet Service, but aimed at customers using different smartphone handsets.
MTN said that the following Smartphone Services will be available for purchase:
- Nokia Smartphone Pro Service (R49 per month) – 75MB fair use on Nokia Smartphones to access the Nokia Ovi ecosystem (Nokia Messaging, Chat, Navigation and Ovi store). Other internet usage will also deplete the fair use allowance.
- MTN Smartphone Pro Service (R49 per month) – 75MB fair use on any Smartphone for e-mail, Instant Messaging and Navigation. Other internet usage will also deplete the fair use allowance.
- MTN Social Networking Service (R29 per month) – 75MB fair use to access Facebook & MXit (m.facebook.com & m.mxit.com) on any Smartphone, any other social networks will be charged for.
- MTN Opera Mini Internet Service (R35 per month) – 75MB fair use on any Smartphone to access the internet using the MTN Branded Opera Mini browser. Customers need to ensure that they have the MTN Branded Opera Mini browser installed on their device.
“To sweeten your summer an additional MTN Smartphone Lite Service [priced at R25 per month] will be launched shortly. These Smartphone Services can be sold as value added Smartphone postpaid deals or purchased via the self-service channels,” said Taukobong.
There have been questions as to what happens after a user reaches the 75MB monthly usage limit on these data bundles, and MTN explains that, “Once the customer has reached the fair use limit, an overcharge will apply.”
MTN added that while the new offerings are aimed at entry-level smartphone users, tethering will be possible.