Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bharati Airtel Tie up with Google to provide free internet

Days after Idea Cellular teamed up with the social networking website Facebook to provide free Facebook access to its user, Airtel has now come up with a similar plan. According to a PTI report, Bharti Airtel has partnered with Google to launch its new service “Free Zone”. Under this scheme, the subscribers will be allowed free access to Google’s services like Gmail, Google+ and the Google search engine, but will be forced to pay for advance services such as attachment downloads and so on.

Leading global telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel has joined hands with Google to launch free internet service for mobile users in India.
They announced the launch of Free Zone, which will give Airtel mobile customers access to mobile web search and feature-phone-friendly versions of Gmail and Google+ in India for free.
According to a statement released by Airtel, Free Zone aims to make the web accessible and affordable to all mobile users.
Airtel+Google Page
 The Internet services available via Airtel includes:
Gmail: Users have unlimited access to Gmail from their mobile browser.  If users click on a link or attachment within the email they are directed to a page where they can purchase a data package.
Google+: Users can share online photos and messages with circles of family, selected friends or the public; follow updates on the things they are passionate about - from cricket to photography, music to news; and follow people they’re interested in.
Google Search: Users can search the entire Internet and access the first page of websites from the results for free. If they click further into a website after that, they are directed to a page where they can purchase a data package.

Rajan Anandan, VP and Managing Director, Google India said,  “The mobile Internet user base is growing really fast in India. Working with Airtel on this exciting trial means that we can offer Internet services at no cost to anyone with a phone. This gives people easier access to information in a way that benefits everyone, whether it’s an individual or a small business that wants to reach more people on the web. We hope this initiative will encourage more Indians to experience the value of the Internet and gain from it. Students can easily look up for facts to work on their assignments, housewives will be able to easily check on recipes and connect with their friends and family from their mobile phones."
Free Zone aims to put the web in the hands of more people and empower first time Internet users with several useful services of the Internet.
Airtel mobile customers can access the service by visiting and start using the Internet without having to sign in to the service.

“As the country’s leading telecom services provider, we at Airtel are constantly looking for new ways of exciting more and more of our 200 million plus customers in India about the data experience. In this market, where feature phones predominate, our association with Google to bring Free Zone to India will encourage millions of users to discover the power of mobile Internet for the very first time and leverage the amazing world of information search, email and social collaboration - at no incremental cost” said N Rajaram, Chief Marketing Officer – Consumer Business, Bharti Airtel.

Source: Times OF india 

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