Hot on the tails of Impossible Telecom, we recently got a press release from another mobile network that promises to redefine the UK market. Samba Mobile is a brand new project that describes itself as:
An exciting new service that gives you free mobile broadband to your laptop, desktop or tablet. In return, we ask you to watch a few short, high-quality video adverts. You choose what videos to watch and when to watch them.
Now that’s rather interesting especially if you’re one of many people paying a fortune for data rates on your mobile or tablet or for a dongle with the main mobile networks.
This isn’t the first time networks or ISPs have attempted to offer free access funded by adverts but it will be interesting to see what they are doing differently to make it work this time round. It also remains to be seen how intrusive the ads are.
Samba Mobile is currently not available and hasn’t launched yet in the UK but we’ve heard it may work by letting you build up “credits” by viewing adverts which you can then spend on bandwidth or time online. It’s also likely they they will run on 3’s impressive data infrastructure.
So what do you think? Are you fed up of ads online or would it be a price worth paying for free mobile internet? And do you think it will last?