Safaricom subscribers will now be able to purchase The Star and People Daily e-papers for Sh10 per issue. This follows the unveiling of a digital portal that allows customers to use their airtime to purchase and access newspapers on the go.
The partnership with Radio Africa Group (The Star) and Mediamax (People Daily) brings the number of media partners to four with all leading publications now available on the portal. The other two include Nation Media Group (Daily Nation, Business Daily, Saturday & Sunday Nation) and The Standard Group (The Standard, Saturday & Sunday Standard, and The Nairobian).
Purchased publications will appear under the “My Newspaper” tab for 7 days after purchase, and customers will need to have their data on when accessing the portal as each purchase is linked to their mobile phone number. However, the KES 10 price per newspaper inclusive of data usage, meaning a customer’s data bundle will not be consumed when reading through each paper.
Customers can access the newspapers by visiting www.safaricom.com and selecting the “Discover” option followed by “Newspapers”, with no registration, signup or installation of any application required. Additionally, customers can also make a purchase by dialing *550#.
The initiative is part of Safaricom’s goal of enabling more businesses to harness the power of the internet to meet the needs of their customers.