Free Facebook On Vodacom?
Yes, it’s true. Vodacom is offering free Facebook to its customers. This forms part of their Siyakha initiative. Read more below!
Published: Thursday, January 19th 2017
Vodacom has announced free Facebook access to users on their network thanks to what they call Facebook Flex.
Before you rejoice though, it's worth noting that this free access only allows you to update your Facebook status and comment on posts. Should you wish to view or upload pictures, then you'll have to switch to what the company calls 'data mode', which uses your data allocation.
"This is the first of many products to launch under the Vodacom Siyakha platform", says Vodacom.
Siyakha, which means ‘we are building’ in isiZulu, is a platform that will offer free (zero-rated) and lower priced products and services to the emerging prepaid segment of Vodacom’s customer base. This includes a range of Vodacom insurance products, free health content from the TV series Hello Doctor, as well as Vodacom’s infotainment platform Video Play. For example, for just 99c Siyakha customers can view the latest music content and the best local soapies. In terms of access to other free content, Siyakha will house Vodacom’s existing educational portals, and careers and jobs websites.
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Once you've signed up to the service, you'll be able to update your Facebook status and comment on posts even when you don't have any data.
To use Facebook Flex, you can log on to Facebook.com or dial *111*32# from your phone.
Nyimpini Mabunda, Chief Officer: Consumer Business Unit, says that Vodacom’s Siyakha initiative is an important part of Vodacom’s effort to ensure digital inclusion for all its customers.
“Network operators, like ourselves, have a role to play in reducing the digital divide. Particularly between those in urban and rural areas. In all our efforts, we are mindful of the immense pressures that consumers face, which are largely associated with the cost to communicate. The popularity and the extensive use of social media services, such as Facebook, as a means of communication has made it a necessity rather than a luxury.”
“The introduction of this platform is another way in which we will seek to deliver greater value to our customers, particularly the prepaid market. By driving a segmented customer approach, we will be able to better cater for and develop more personalised and needs based products and services for all of our customers. Our focus is about giving our customers what they want at affordable prices”, adds Nyimpini.
For more information on Vodacom Siyakha log on to www.vodacom.co.za/siyakha.