Surprises and more surprises. At the 2013 Samsung Africa Forum, Samsung made several great surprise announcements:
The First Surprise: Free 1 GB per month Wi-Fi Internet:
Samsung announced that through a partnership with AlwaysOn, Samsung users will get 1 GB of free Wi-Fi access per month for the next 12 month. This allows any Samsung user – new AND existing users - to access one of the 1200 AlwaysOn hotspots around the country and browse the net.
But heads up: this is not open to every Samsung mobile Wi-Fi enabled device. Users will be able to access the hotspots through the AlwaysOn application available on the local App marketplace (for smartphones and tablets) or via a Web browser (for feature phones). The service will be offered retrospectively to Wi-Fi enabled devices sold in the past 3 years.
These AlwaysOn hotspots are available in all the main areas such as airports and shopping centers. If you want to check out where the AlwaysOn hostpots are check out this site: http://finder.alwayson.co.za/
Whilst the announcement was made today, it is not clear when the actual AlwaysOn app will be available . At the time of publishing this, it is not available in the Play Store. I am assuming that there will be a branded Samsung/ AlwaysOn/ Smart Hostpot app in the near future.
The second Surprise: The Kleek - Free Music for Africa:
Universal Music Group, in partnership with Samsung, as well as African and international music labels and publishers, has launched a pan-African mobile music streaming service called the Kleek.
This Samsung exclusive offer for the first two years and offers users at no cost massive range of content, including artist, genre and celebrity playlists; exclusive album previews; artist diaries and charts.
“With the Kleek, we are not just delivering the best local and international music, we are providing all of Africa with a unique and bespoke user experience,” explained Randall Abrahams, Managing Director, Universal Music South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. “The service will also help us focus on developing future stars from across the continent,” Abrahams added.
In order to access Kleek you will need to download the App from a “compatible device”. It isn’t clear what makes a device compatible but at the time of publishing, either my device is not compatible (Galaxy Note) or its not available in the Play store.
Update: Here is the link to the Kleek App : skinkers.org/kleek/Kleek.apk . You will need to enable the option on your phone that allows you to install Apps not from the Store. Disclaimer: You can enable the ability to install APK files on your Galaxy S3 by going to Settings > Security and select Unknown sources. But be careful when downloading APK files as they may contain viruses.
More info on these apps as it is released !