MTN Uganda, SIMFY AFRICA have launched messaging app ‘ayoba’ to enable customers to access more affordable communication.
Currently available for Android devices and soon for iOS, the app will work with any network.
ayoba lets you securely send and receive text messages, voice messages, videos, images, audio and other files with any of your contacts, using your mobile internet connection.
MTN customers will however not need any data (MBs) to use the service. They can use it free of charge up to 1GB of data, every month.
The app is available in some African languages, such as Swahili, Luganda, Hausa, isiXhosa, and Yoruba.
It has end-to-end encryption to keep users’ data safe and ensure their privacy as they chat with their contacts regardless of their device or network.
ayoba also has channels on sports, fashion, cooking, health, and games.
In addition to texting, customers can also initiate voice calls with their contacts, from within the ayoba app.
The call will be charged as a standard voice call using the customers’ available airtime or minutes.
“We are keen to see Africa actively participate in the global digital revolution that is now being further accelerated by the Covid-19 situation. Innovation and the connectivity that goes with it, are particularly key to our digital proposition. They are both crucial in our contribution to the social and economic transformation of our country,” said Wim Vanhelleputte, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer.
“ayoba is not just a new platform for people to chat with each other, it is a one of a kind digital platform that elevates the concept of instant messaging to a whole new level of instant and integrated connecting,” Wim he added.
Key features of the ayoba app include:
Local languages: ayoba is available in the top local languages in the markets where the offering has launched.
Chat now: Users can instantly send and receive text and voice messages with any of their contacts regardless of device type or network.
Security: End-to-end encryption means that messages in a conversation cannot be read by anyone else.
Chat with everyone: Users can send SMS text messages with anyone in their contact list, regardless of whether they have ayoba installed or not.
Channels: Users can subscribe to channels for locally relevant content across various categories.
Gaming: Users can play with a large selection of games
FREE to use: It is free to use by MTN customers for up to 1GB every month, for every user.
How to get ayoba:
Step 1: Visit MyMTN app www.mtn.co.ug/mymtn open the app and select Ayoba
Step 2: Select your preferred download option and click on “Download Now”
Step 3: When prompted to, select “allow from this source” and install app.
Step 4: Open the app and sign up to start chatting for FREE