No data? No problem! Data-free MoyaApp gives WhatsApp a run for its money

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Sara-Jayne King

47 days ago
No data? No problem! Data-free MoyaApp gives WhatsApp a run for its money © psodaz/123rf.com

- MoyaApp users can sent text messages and voice notes for free when using a SIM card from a supported mobile network.

- The app launched in 2018 and has over 6.5 million users in South Africa, according to DataFree.



For several years, WhatsApp has dominated the instant messaging marketplace.

2 billion people use the service globally and more than 100 billion messages are sent each day on the app.

But there's a new kid on the block which offers South African's the same instant message service...for free.

MoyaApp is the brainchild of local technology firm Datafree. It was launched in 2018 and offers users data free messaging capabilities.

Refilwe Moloto spoke to founder Gour Lentell.

It's like WhatsApp, but there's no data costs.

Gour Lentell, Founder and CEO - Moya App

It doesn't use any of your data balance, and even if you have no data it still works.

Gour Lentell, Founder and CEO - Moya App

While there are no data charges for text messages and voice notes when using a SIM card from a supported mobile network, sending attachments such as pictures and videos is not free.

So how does it work?

Our strategy, in terms of making it data free, is that we actually pay for the data.

Gour Lentell, Founder and CEO - Moya App

We're creating an audience platform, at scale, for businesses in South Africa so businesses can communicate with South Africans.

Gour Lentell, Founder and CEO - Moya App

The money is with business, not with users.

Gour Lentell, Founder and CEO - Moya App

In addition to the free messaging service, the app also offers a range of data free content and services, says Lentell.

MoyaApp is currently data free on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom in South Africa.

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : No data? No problem! Data-free MoyaApp gives WhatsApp a run for its money

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