MTN has introduced MTN SurferLite, a pilot project that promises to provide customers using feature phones with access to the Internet at “minimal cost”.
The MTN SurferLite platform allows customers access to digital content on feature and Java enabled phones.
“The MTN SurferLite application provides an introductory data service to the digital world to customers by delivering an affordable experience,” said Peter Malebye, MTN SA General Manager.
“The service allows non-internet-customers access to content that is otherwise only available on an internet enabled phone.”
The MTN SurferLite solution will provide mass market consumers with access to news, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, MTN Football, NBA Scores, Dictionary, Translations, Love Quotes, Sudoku and more.
It is planned to extend the capabilities of the platform in future to also include accessibility to e-gov services, local health and education related matters, job search and others.
“MTN SurferLite is another step towards bridging the digital divide and is taking our customers closer to achieving 2020 broadband vision,” said MTN.
The basic service is free, and there are no data charges associated with the service. However, any request from the user is charged at 5c per request.