TNM Overwhelmed by G-Chat response
VALUE ADDED SERVICES| Feb. 27, 2012, 9:30 a.m.
By Gregory Gondwe, Lilongwe, Malawi
Mobile phone service provider Telecom Networks of Malawi (TNM) limited says most of its subscribers have subscribed to its G-chat service, which allows internet to mobile texting.
The company says it has been overwhelmed by the positive response to G-Chat, which allows TNM subscribers to chat between a mobile device and a web service in the form of Google email account.
At the moment those that are benefitting from the product are all prepaid and postpaid TNM subscribers who also have a Gmail Account.
The only drawback however, is that it is only possible to receive and reply SMS on a handset from a Gmail account holder, but not to originate an SMS.
“To use G-Chat, a Gmail account holder has to register for SMS chats before they can use the service. The account holder will initiate an SMS chat with another TNM customer,” the statement says.
A user will has 50 ‘credits’ at any point in time and if they exhausted their credits, they just need a single reply from their recipients to get all the 50 credits back.
The charges are only MK5 per SMS inclusive of Value Added Tax while if a GPRS handset is being used, data charges will apply.
MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS
Airtel, Tigo in interoperable mobile money pilotAirtel Rwanda and Tigo Rwanda have announced a partnership to pilot interoperability between their two mobile money transfer service platforms. Read More
Tigo upgrades Self-Care appWith its commitment to forefront technology and develop solutions to serve customers better, Tigo Ghana has upgraded its channels to provide customers with easy access to all of their communication needs on-the-go. Read More
Firm develops Tsaboin Traffic Talk to address city gridlockManagement of Nigeria’s biggest traffic monitoring site, Tsaboin Traffic Talk, has restated its commitment towards easing the challenge of traffic gridlock experienced by road users in Lagos State. Read More
Safaricom aims for 30% more Lipa Na M-PESA transactionsSafaricom has announced that it plans to increase usage of Lipa Na M-PESA by 30% throughout the financial year, as it steps up its plans to grow cashless transaction space. Read More
MTN launches e-Health service in CameroonA new MTN mobile health platform authorised by Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health and exploited in partnership with the Cameroon National Medical Council is expected to improve access to health services in Cameroon. Read More
KCB signs deal with GoSwiff to embed its Cashlite agendaKCB in conjunction with GoSwiff - a global mobile commerce and marketing solutions provider- have unveiled a strategic deal to offer a new mobile payment facility targeting Kenyan merchants. Read More
Orange Money launches mobile crowdfundingOrange is launching Africa's first mobile crowdfunding platform in Côte d'Ivoire: Orange Collecte. Read More
MTN zero-rates FrontRow data usageMTN subscribers are in for an entertainment treat following the announcement by MTN that it has zero rated the data usage for streaming content on FrontRow. Read More
Orange postpaid customers to pay bills onlineOrange Telkom Kenya post paid subscribers are now able to pay their monthly bills online. Read More
TransUnion launches Nipashe credit checking solution for KenyaTransUnion has launched an innovative new SMS short code solution that enables consumers in Kenya to easily access their credit information. Read More
FEATURED STORYConnectivity critical for Nigeria's ICT sector, says SES chief
Connectivity is vital for any country to fully optimise the huge potential of cyberspace, SES Sales Manager for West Africa Joy Nma Emenike tells Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHHigh tech homes: Just press play
High tech, digital homes where everything is automated and connected aren’t the stuff of science fiction any longer, says BNC Technology.