DURBAN – South Africans can now access government’s Coronavirus website for free. No airtime or data balance is required to get the information you need.
By logging onto coronavirus.datafree.co, the public will have all the latest Coronavirus information at their fingertips. The website is available on any device across all mobile network operators and it can even be accessed with SIM cards that have no airtime or data balance.
According to the CEO of biNu the technology company providing South Africans with no-data-cost access to the website, they wanted to support the country in this time of need.
“So we made #datafree access available to the official SA Coronavirus website through our reverse billed data agreements with mobile network operators, which translates to biNu paying the data cost instead of mobile subscribers,” said Gour Lentell, biNu’s CEO.
The biNu #datafree Platform sees data costs reverse billed to businesses and enterprises in the same fashion as toll-free numbers have been for decades, just now in the digital realm.
Meanwhile, social media networks Facebook and Twitter have taken steps to curb the spread of false information about the Coronavirus on their sites.
Earlier this month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the app would focus on three areas: providing accurate information, stopping misinformation and providing data for research.
At least 202 people have tested positive in South Africa thus far.
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