Samsung, Google and Aircel join hands

Samsung Electronics has joined hands with Aircel and Google’s Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) initiative to open up the world of the Internet to more women in India.

The partnership will bring the strength of Samsung’s user-friendly range of smartphones and Aircel’s expertise in mobile network as well as data innovations to the campaign, which will enable women to easily understand the benefits that Internet can bring to their everyday lives. This will be done by increasing their awareness through Internet training sessions provided jointly by Samsung and Google on both Internet usage and Samsung smartphones powered by Aircel data.

Google’s HWGO was launched in November 2013 to empower women by enabling them to use the Internet. One of the many activities to address this scenario involves Internet training in cities and towns across 12 states in the country, targeting over 4 million literate women from low income groups. The program also targets girl students with an aim to build them as influencers and bring about a long-term societal change.

“Given that Internet access through mobile phones is considered the next technological leapfrog in India, Samsung’s association with Google’s Helping Women Get Online initiative serves as an ideal platform for the brand’s commitment towards opening newer possibilities for people everywhere,” said Asim Warsi, vice president, Mobile & IT, Samsung India.

“Helping Women Get Online is an initiative that aims to empower women and give them the tools to access and use the Internet effectively. With the help of mobile Internet, women can leverage new opportunities, educate themselves and lead a better life,” said Sandeep Menon, director, Marketing, Google India.

Anupam Vasudev, chief marketing officer, Aircel said, “In line with our objective, we are delighted to partner with Samsung and Google for this unique initiative which will enable women to learn and use internet in their daily lives and benefit from it.”

Executed through ground activations, HWGO activations will have trainers using Samsung smartphones powered by Aircel data to demonstrate the ease of using the Internet for various purposes. They will also get a chance to try out what they learn, on Samsung smartphones available for demonstration purposes at each activation location and can get their queries resolved through a dedicated Helping Women Get Online toll free number 18004199977 set up under this initiative.

To maintain continuity from the training sessions, Samsung facilitators present at each activation platform will offer hands on experience to women on how to use internet on a mobile platform. Aircel will provide free 500 MB data access for up to 6 months with select Samsung smartphone purchase to encourage women to go online and explore the world of internet through their mobile phones.

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