iBurst is giving away 500Mb of data to Internet users willing to participate in the first trials of its new wireless prepaid service.
The prepaid product is set to launch commercially in mid-September and iBurst has extended an invitation to anyone who may have an old iBurst modem that is currently not in use to help test the service before it is officially launched.
Prepaid Internet from iBurst is set to address the requirements of consumers who don't want to be locked into long-term contracts and want absolute control over their Internet spending. Internet users who prefer a "pay as you go" option will be able to better manage their usage and expenditure.
In addition, current subscribers on a month-to-month contract may also migrate to the prepaid option.
“We are eager to receive input regarding our prepaid product and in turn we will reward broadband users with 500MB of data upfront in order to test the service thoroughly. All users need to do is switch on their old iBurst modems and register,” says Jannie van Zyl, CEO of iBurst.
Van Zyl says iBurst's prepaid Internet offering is available wherever iBurst has coverage. Data vouchers, similar to mobile top up vouchers are available in a range of denominations, from 50Mb to 2Gb, with a price per Megabyte ranging from R1.00 to 25 cents, depending on the bundle. These vouchers will be available for purchase directly from the iBurst website, iBurst retail stores and selected reseller outlets.
He says the prepaid offer forms part of iBurst's drive to get more South Africans exposed to the benefits of broadband internet.
The company will be offering brand new internet users a Prepaid Starter Kit which includes a USB modem, an installation disk, 30Mb of data, a user name and an e-mail address for under R1000.
“Prepaid services are one of the fastest growing markets in the South Africa, and iBurst is positioned to meet the requirement for affordable wireless access to the Internet for the man on the street, without them having to go through the credit-vetting process”, Van Zyl adds.
“iBurst's new wireless Internet offering is also positioned to address the tourist requirements for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, to ensure they stay on top of the latest happenings in this world-class event,” he adds.