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Vodacom pulls free browsing trickBy Staff Writer 9 April 2010 | Categories: news
From midnight today (Friday 9 April), for four consecutive weekends, Vodacom customers can browse the internet on their cellphones free of charge. The only requirement being the usage of the Opera Mini 4.2 or 5.0 browser, enhanced by Vodafone.
To access Opera Mini, Vodacom customers can SMS “Opera” to 31116 (free) and follow the link to download the browser free of charge. Alternatively, customers can enter http:vfmini.vodafone.com/adl/Internet into the current browser on their cellphones, and then download and install Opera Mini onto their devices, once again for free.
The mahala data browsing over weekends is valid from midnight on Friday till midnight Sunday, every weekend from 10 April to 2 May, and will apply once a customer downloads the Opera Mini browser enhanced by Vodafone that’s exclusively available to Vodacom customers.
“Opera Mini is built for speed,” says Shameel Joosub, managing director at Vodacom South Africa. “Web pages are compressed by up to 90% thereby improving download speeds and significantly reducing the cost of browsing. In addition to this, with the Vodafone enhancement, customers get to bookmark Speed Dial to their favourite websites, as well as have access to a range of exclusive applications and widgets.
Opera Mini’s data compression reduces data usage while browsing by 70% – 90%, and provides faster page delivery, ultimately reducing browsing costs. It also enables to view bookmarks as icons and view multiple browsing windows in a carousel view.
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