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NEW INTERNET SERVICE. A new service seeks to expand popular online services to low-income mobile subscribers in the DR, reports DR1 Daily News (May 28, 2012). Mobile network operator Viva, is offering the new service, called vSocial, to its 700,000 subscribers. The service enables regular handsets to use 'internet-free apps' to send and receive Internet messaging on any GSM phone with SMS, said Jose Holguin, manager for value added services with Viva. Only 40% of the DR's 10 million inhabitants have access to the Internet, of which 2.2 million are on Facebook. The VIVA service now makes it possible to triple that figure, using the ForgetMeNot software that can transform even the most basic mobile handset into a virtual smartphone.
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Title Annotation:DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Publication:Caribbean Update
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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