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Free Call from MTN – Its a Good Morning Nigeria GMN

Free Call from MTN
Free Call from MTN – Its a Good Morning Nigeria

Mobile subscribers in Nigeria will enjoy free call from MTN for 30 minutes starting from Democracy day, May 29, 2015. This is part of the Good Morning Nigeria initiative by Media Perspectives a leading Media buying and planning agency.

Media Perspective is partnering with major brands like ARM, Coca-Cola, Jumia, Leadway, Mansard and Samsung to launch the Good Morning Nigeria initiative.

Good morning Nigeria (GMN) is a CSR as well as advertising-funded initiative that will enable subscribers enjoy free talk time within the hours of 5am to 8am daily.

The GMN initiative, which will kick off on Democracy Day, May 29, 2015, will require callers to subscribe to make them eligible to enjoy free call from MTN.

30 minutes of Free Call

To enjoy the free call from MTN all the subscriber needs to do is to make 3 minutes straight call to an MTN number, the rest of the call will then be free for the next 30 minutes.

MTN subscribers who are interested in enjoying the daily free 30 minutes call are expected to text GMN to 131.

Speaking during a press conference to announce the Good Morning Nigeria initiative the MD/CEO, Media Perspectives, Tayo Oyedeji said:

“We appreciate how important communication is to the lives of the Nigerian people. We also recognise that the current economic situation has caused a reduction in spending power.”

I agree good morning Nigeria is a great initiative. When I first heard about it I was skeptical considering the negative impact that allowing unrestricted free calls would have on the MTN network.

But the requirement that a subscriber will have to pay for the first 3 minutes of the call will ensure this good initiative is not abused.

So, starting May 29, can schedule your long calls for between 5am and 8am to take advantage of the free call from MTN. Just don’t abuse it.

2go Data Bundle Launches on Airtel Nigeria To Millions Of Users

2go Data Bundle
2go Data Bundle Launches on Airtel Nigeria

Airtel Nigeria has partnered with leading mobile social network 2go to launch a social data bundle on Airtel Nigeria called the 2go data bundle. For only N100 per week or N200 monthly, Airtel subscribers can enjoy unlimited access to the 2go messaging service.

Speaking about the launch of the 2go data bundle, Co-founder and CEO of 2go, Ashley Peter, says:

“We are excited about our partnership with Airtel Nigeria and believe that user uptake of the data bundle will be substantial. We have many millions of users in Nigeria who can now take advantage of the Airtel deal. We are always looking for ways to reduce costs and improve the social experience of our users, and Airtel has made this possible”.

2go is adding an audio notes service in the latest version of the App. Users can record and send audio clips to one another. This will obvious require more data, meaning that the 2go Data bundle could not have come at a better time.

2go is also adding emoticon and content.

But, we should expect more according to Peter

“We have more exciting features on 2go in our next releases”

The 2go data bundle is part of Airtel’s Social bundle, which includes unlimited chatting on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, BBM, and now 2Go.

Dial *990# at 200 Naira to subscribe to the monthly bundle or Dial *991# at 100 Naira to subscribe to the weekly bundle

About 2go

2go is a mobile messenger and social network with over 60 million registered users across Africa. 2go is based in Cape Town, South Africa.

2go messaging service is supported on Android, BlackBerry, Java, and Nokia S40. It very popular amongst users of feature phones and entry level smartphone.

As of 2012, 2go was the most popular messaging app in Nigeria, even ahead of the likes of BBM, but the proliferation of smartphones, brought a lot new competitors to the market, limiting its popularity.

Hopefully, the new 2go data bundle from Airtel will mark a turnaround for 2go.

Kia Cars now Available on Konga Online Store

Kia Cars on Konga
Kia Cars now on Sale on Konga

Kia Motors Nigeria now have a storefront on Konga, one of Nigeria’s leading online shopping mall. Customers can now buy Kia cars and SUVs online from Konga.

With this development Kia becomes the first auto maker to offer their vehicles for sale online in the Nigerian market.

The best you can get thus-far at online stores in Nigeria are car electronics and other accessories for your car, but Kia is pushing forward by offering 10 Kia cars and SUVs.

10 Kia Cars Online

Kia cars currently on sale on Konga ranges from the entry Kia Picanto, which goes for 2,232,000 Naira to the top of the range Kia Quoris, which will set you back for 13,050,000 Naira.

Other models currently up for sale on Konga include Kia Rio, Soul, Cerato, Optima, and Sportage. Completing the list is the Kia Sorento, Mohave, and Cadenza. See all models here.

Pay Online or on Delivery

Purchasing a Kia car at Konga is similar to buying any other item at the online store. Just find the Kia model you want, and click the buy now button to order.

Customers can pay online using their cards or opt to pay only when the car have been successfully delivered.

Buying cars online is a very big leap in a country were finding prices of cars online is very hard. Online more advanced countries like the United States were dealers publish prices of their vehicles openly on their websites, Nigerian auto dealers treat their price information like classified information.

All the ten Kia cars currently available on Konga are the latest 2015 models and come with Kia’s usual full 5 year warranty or 100,000 km.

So, if you are in the market for a car, you can checkout Kia Motors Nigeria Storefront in Konga.

Faulty Factory Reset in Android Phones Retains Sensitive Data

Some Android Phones
Your Data can still be recovered after a Factory Reset

Researchers in Cambridge University have discovered that an estimated 500 to 630 million Android phones could leave critical data in phone storage after a factory reset have been applied.

The group of researchers tested 21 second hand Android phones that have already undergone factory reset and running on Android 2.3 to 4.3 from five different manufacturers.

At the end of the test the group of researchers in their report titled Security Analysis of Android Factory Resets claim they where able to recover some data, which were supposed to have been wiped by factory reset, in each of the phones tested.

Data recovered includes user contacts, images, videos, as well as conversations from messaging, SMS and email apps.

Even more worrying is the claim by the researchers that they were able to recover the master token, which Android uses to sync Google user data, in 80% of the Android phones tested.

This means that a hacker who recovers this master token can potentially use it to re-sync phone to the original owner’s email, contacts, etc. Tokens for other Apps like Facebook can also be recovered in similar way.

According to the researchers there are a number of reasons why this vulnerability exist. The first is that flash drives are inherently difficult to completely erase.

But, the major reason is that in some cases the manufacturer failed to load the Android phone with the drivers required for completely wiping data from the internal storage and SD cards.

This is a big headache for Android users and businesses who are planning to sell or give out their old phones, as factory reset was supposed to be a secure way to wipe data from the phone prior to getting rid of it.

This issue is even worse for users whose Android phone were stolen and hoping to use remote wipe to securely remove sensitive data from their phone

The Issue May be Worse

Note however, that because the research focused only on Android 2.3 to 4.3, this issue may well be present in Android  4.4 and beyond. It is also possible that other operating systems may have similar issues.

To be safe for now, change the password of your old Android phones you want to sell or giveaway to a more complicated one, before applying a factory reset.

Android could include Native Fingerprint authentication in version M

Android Fingerprint scanning
Fingerprint Authentication Could be coming to Android

Google could be adding native support for fingerprint authentication in the next version of its Android mobile OS (the Android M), a report by Buzzfeed claims. According to the report, the feature will be revealed this week at the Google I/O developer conference in San Fransisco also believed to be the venue for the official unveiling of the next version of Android.

Buzzfeed was quick to add that Google was yet to confirm this, so this is all just still in the realms of speculation.

If confirmed fingerprint authentication will enable users of Android devices to unlock their devices, login to sites and apps, as well as authenticate payments.

Although a couple of Android devices like the Galaxy S6 Edge supports fingerprint authentication, the support and functionality is limited and only a few developers get involved.

But with native support Google will probably provide an API or another democratic way for more developers get involved, which will make fingerprint authentication more mainstream than niche.

Although not yet confirmed fingerprint authentication will be pretty cool on Android.

LG G4 launch expected in Nigeria this June

LG G4 launch could happen this June
LG G4 launch
LG G4 launch could happen this June

LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the LG G4 could be launched in Nigeria during the Jumia Mobile Week megathon this June.

The Jumia mobile week, which is marked for June 1 to 7, 2015 is expected to be the biggest mobile phone sales event of 2015 with seven of Nigeria’s biggest mobile brands involved as Gold partners and all offering their latest models.

LG G4 launch has not yet been confirmed for Nigeria, but I have a hunch that the flagship smartphone will be unveiled during the event.

A number of new launches

A number of other mobile brands in Nigeria like Innjoo, Infinix, and Wiko already have new products to launch at the event, while brands like Tecno and Samsung with its Galaxy S6 will be offering their latest flagship.

But, my biggest reason for predicting LG G4 launch in Nigeria during the Jumia Mobile Week is the fact that the event coincides with LG’s global launch schedule.

It makes a lot of sense for LG G4 launch to happen during the largest mobile phones sales event of 2015, or LG a brand that is falling behind in mobile phone sales in Nigeria will be putting self in a disadvantage.

During the Jumia Mobile week megathon, consumers will get great deals on phones including free shipping nationwide from Nigeria’s largest online store and free introductory 3GB data from Nigeria’s leading mobile operator MTN.

This is why the event provides a great platform for brands like LG to push their best mobile devices. With LG a Gold partner at the event it very likely they negotiated the event schedule so that it falls during their LG G4 launch plans.

LG G4 features a brilliant 5.5-inch IPS display and runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with 3GB of RAM.