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Dialog and Google launch Free Zone

Dialog with Google Inc. recently launched Free Zone powered by Google, which will provide Sri Lankan mobile users access to Google search, Gmail, and social networking through Google+, with zero data charges. Dialog mobile users can also visit the billions of web sites connected through Google search without paying any data charges.

Free Zone is optimised for feature phones, enabling any mobile user possessing a data-capable handset to web search, email and browse social media at no cost.

"Providing 7.5 million mobile customers with a platform to discover the power of the internet at no incremental cost and thereby accelerating internet literacy has been a fundamental tenet of our vision for the mobile internet," said Group Chief Executive, Dialog Axiata PLC, Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya.

"Today, our partnership with Google and the launch of Free Zone powered by Google has made this vision a reality, and we now empower Sri Lankan citizens with an affordable route to discover the power of the internet in terms of information search, email and collaboration through social media," he said. Free Zone can be accessed at zero data charges and empowers first time internet users with several fundamental features of the internet. Any user can create a Gmail account instantly on the Free Zone homepage and enjoy connectivity and social media services from Google's portfolio.

"As first time internet users may be cautious with respect to data access charges, the open web is only as open as it is affordable. We've been working with Dialog to offer internet services at no cost to anyone with a mobile phone," said Managing Director, Google Southeast Asia, Julian Persaud.

"This gives people easier access to information, whether it's an individual or a small business that wants to reach more people on the web. We hope this convinces more Sri Lankans of the value of the mobile Web. Students can look up facts to help with their homework. At home, you can quickly check a recipe. You could even look up lyrics to the song you want to sing along to," he said.

Free Zone aims at making the web accessible and affordable to all mobile users. Powerful internet services available with zero data charges through Dialog mobile phones include Google Search, which will take Free Zone users to websites matching their search query, which enables users to share photos and messages with social groupings of family, friends and business or work associates.

While Dialog Mobile users will not require a Data Package nor incur any data charges to access internet services on Free Zone powered by Google, access to more advanced services such as Attachment Download or browse through to web sites from the ones accessed in the free zone would also be enabled through subscription to a standard data package.

 

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