The telecoms company, widely acclaimed as the most innovative, said the new service would offer top Nigerian and international news on mobile to all categories of its subscribers.
In a statement signed by the company’s Coordinator, Marketing, Mr. Adeniyi Olukoya, Globacom said that subscribers on the network could access news on the mobile portal by subscribing to news alert via SMS.
“We are glad to announce to our esteemed subscribers the birth of Glo-Mpaper, a service that supplies news from local and international newspapers to subscribers over SMS and WAP (Wireless Application Protocol). The beauty of this service from our stable is that beyond the immediacy of delivering the news items as they break, users can subscribe to at least three different newspapers,” the statement added.
According to Globacom, accessing the service is easy and users could change their newspaper category as many times as they wish free-of-charge, just as the service would be opened to any brand or model of handset. The subscriber simply dials the short code *335# on USSD or sends keyword to 35182 to access the service on SMS and select newspaper.
The Second National Carrier stressed that all categories of subscribers on both the prepaid and postpaid platforms could access the service and would not be required to have any GPRS connectivity to enjoy the service.
“All a subscriber needs to do to access the service is to have a basic handset with Globacom connection. As soon as the pre-paid customer confirms his subscription, the relevant charge will be automatically deducted from the current balance, while a postpaid customer will have the charges added to his or her monthly bill,” the statement explained. He added that the service costs only N50 per week.
The seamless access to the service, the company explained, is a way to ensure that Nigerians “remain current about the latest news and happenings around them anywhere, anytime.”