Low-cost airline Mango has branched out of the aviation industry and launched an affordable Internet product, G-Connect, which it says makes data more affordable across the board.

The service, in partnership with Internet Service Provider WirelessG, makes online communication available at pre-paid data rates from 3,7c per Megabyte through 3G, WiFi and ADSL.
Mango CEO Nico Bezuidenhout says that the launch of G-Connect through Mango is the first of several additional ancillary revenue-generation products the airline is presently investigating.
“In line with our mandate to deliver sustainably affordable air travel to South Africans, the ancillary products offered will reprise this philosophy. With the increasing importance of access to the Internet, the availability of affordable data rates is paramount.”
To launch the service, Mango will provide all guests travelling in December with a complimentary G-Connect voucher giving access to R50.00 worth of data use.
“The Mango G-Connect partnership makes especial sense in relation to both industries since both companies pride themselves on their endeavours to be affordable, offer value for money and maintain excellent customer service,” says Carel van der Merwe, WirelessG CEO. “This partnership can bring a new landscape through innovation to both the broadband and airline industries."
G-Connect offers 3G, Wi-Fi and ADSL access from a single on-line account. Data is available on a pre-paid basis in increments of R50.00, R75.00, R150.00, R200.00 and can now be purchased with instant delivery through Mango. No contracts are needed and users receive immediate access to the internet. International Wi-Fi access is available at a flat rate of only R1.50 per minute. Bandwidth purchased carries over 12 months from the last date of sign-in and the service offers 24/7 support.