By Fatmata Jengbe
Sierra Leone’s leading mobile service provider, Africell-SL, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the authorized dealer of Samsung Smartphones in the country, SATINA, to provide Free Data to Subscribers who buy and use Samsung phones from SATINA.
The Head of Section, Product and Services at Africell-SL, Joseph Gbandia, explained that Africell is about to make a remarkable imprint in history by offering its customers free and fast data that they can use to access the internet.
Gbandia intimated that partnership with the authorized dealer of Samsung Smartphones would be of immense benefits to their subscribers. He explained that the partnership entails that whenever an Africell subscriber purchases a Samsung Smartphone from SATINA, the authorized dealer of those phones in the country, the individual stand to benefit from three to six months of free data, depending on the type of Samsung phone bought from SATINA.
The Sales and Marketing Manager of Samsung in Sierra Leone, Ibrahim Jalloh, noted that for them it is indeed quite a pleasure to sign an MoU with one of the effective telecommunications companies in the country. He said it is something big and enjoined members of the public to make good use of the opportunity.
In his statement, the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer of Africell, Joe Abass Bangura, dilated on the power of data. He pointed out that in contemporary societies mobile phones are no longer used exclusively to make calls, underscoring how Smartphones have now replaced computers in the sense that they are used to perform functions that hitherto could only be done by the use of a computer. He said in this kind of situation mobile data bundles become an issue.
The Head of Corporate Affairs noted that it is the issue relating to data that the partnership will address and see how subscribers can benefit from accessing free data. Mr Bangura stated that whenever an individual buys a Smartphone from SATINA he or she would get up to three to six months of free, data from Africell depending on which category the phone falls under. He said the free data ranges from 1 gigabyte to 3 gigabytes, adding that SATINA has its sales outlets on 17 Siaka Stevens Street, 77 Wilberforce Street, etc.
Bangura continued that when the Smartphone has been secured from SATINA, the buyer should swap his or her sim card and activate 2288 to access the free data. He also disclosed that there is a bonus that goes with this new development in the sense that if an individual wants a unique number, he or she can ask the agent and subject to availability, it will be granted. He also called on all to grab the opportunity and enjoy the benefits.
The highpoint of the occasion was the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Africell-SL and SATINA. The Sole Agent of Samsung Smartphones in the country, Umar Jalloh, who was also present during the occasion, signed on behalf of SATINA while Bangura signed on behalf of Africell-SL.