SambaMobile launch advert funded mobile broadband service
Free mobile broadband - too good to be true? Well SambaMobile are going to give it a try, you need to buy a SIM or microSIM for £2.99 (plus £2 postage), but after that you simply need to watch video adverts to top up your usage allowance. The service is piggy backed on the three 3G network.
The videos are fairly small in resolution and bitrate, with the size measuring around 2MB to 5MB for each, the credit for each video is apparently around 3.5MB, so to gain from the system you need a landline broadband connection to use to build up your credit.
Currently the iPad is the only supported tablet, but you can install the Samba browser extension on a laptop or desktop to build up your credit. Hopefully the number of devices that will support the browser extension, or app will be expanded in the near future.
Manual top-ups of the data usage allowance are possible, and it remains to be seen whether enough adverts for viewing appear on the site over the course of a month to mean that people do not need to constantly top-up. 250MB can be bought for £3.49, or 500MB for £5.99, these top-ups do expire after 30 days.