19 May, 2009

Safaricom Live Mobile Download Service Launched !

The 3G enabled information access,download and information exchange portal Safaricom Live is now operational !According to the Safaricom live website the service is "a content download platform for digital media such as applications and games, ring tones, music and video clips, wallpapers, images and text (news, sports updates,jokes and so much more.)."

The service requires users to register using their Safaricom phone numbers whereupon they will be able to access myriads of products including downloading music at 3G speeds wherever they may be in Kenya .While indeed the service is not a first within the region the thing is that with its muscle power , more and more people will be able to make efficient use of their Internet enabled phones at a considerable cost! I am not saying affordable as Internet costs in Kenya are still way up for the common ordinary citizen( mwananchi) to make meaningful use. For now im yet to find out the access cost for the service but will keep you updated!I can see from the portal that access may be charged on downloading on per item basis -for now they have clips of Tahidi High a popular Kenyan television program aired on Citizen Tv at Kenya Shillings 10 per clip .The cost seems reasonable but that more or less depends on the length of the clip.However as a technology enthusiast i welcome the Safaricom Live service!

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  2. Safaricom Live does sound very enticing on paper but I hooked up to it with their Modem and despite the hype the speeds are just moderate EDGE unless you are in Nairobi or Mombasa only. But when there is good connection it works quite well. I still need more speed before I can recommend it much more than that

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