#SaveWhatsApp - and other communication apps you can't live without.
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Help save South Africans’ access to WhatsApp - and Skype, Google Hangouts and more - by signing this petition now!
Mobile monopolies Vodacom and MTN have petitioned the South African government to 'regulate' free phone and message providers such as WhatsApp and Skype. And parliament's Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services has agreed to hold hearings on this subject!
They are doing so with the claim that they are losing profits to these alternative communication systems. Systems which help the people of South Africa stay in touch with friends & family, build & manage businesses, and communicate internationally.
Well, of course they are losing profits! They have been overcharging (among the highest cell phone rates and SMS rates in the world) since they started. Only Telkom’s 'double charges' are worse.
Imagine life without WhatsApp?
...or Skype - or the other apps you use to communicate with friends and colleagues every day?
Yes, they use data, but they’re still much cheaper than an SMS or phone call (especially city-to-city and international calls). And when we have access to free wi-fi at work or our favourite restaurants, then WhatsApping a friend, or Skyping a business connection is free!
And what’s more, millions of (especially young and poor) South Africans have found out that they can make virtually free calls and send virtually free messages. Cell phone providers still benefit due to their exorbitant data rates.
Millions continue to sign up for these alternative ‘nearly free’ communication services. But the cell phone companies want to put a stop to this.
If the government really wants to anger the people of South Africa, they will go along with MTN and Vodacom.
If they want to support their citizens, they will tell the service providers to get lost.
Sign the petition now! #SaveWhatsApp
All4Women.co.za - South Africa's leading online women's magazine calls upon you to sign this petition and to forward it as widely as possible to your friends and fellow workers - on your own behalf, and on behalf of the millions of (especially young) South Africans who will suffer if MTN and Vodacom get their way.
The petition will be sent to Ms Mmamoloko Tryphosa Kubayi, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services, Ms Faith Muthambi, the Minister of Communications and the Presidency.
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