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MTN offers 60 minutes of free talk time, while BlackBerry highlights which apps to use over the festive period.

Players in the cellular industry are getting into the festive spirit, as mobile operator MTN introduces a free talk time deal and BlackBerry manufacturer Research in Motion readies holiday-specific applications.

MTN has introduced a prepaid deal that offers its subscribers 60 minutes of free airtime for every R30 airtime voucher purchased.

As from 28 November, any MTN PayAsYouGo customer on the Call per Second plan, who buys a single recharge voucher to the value of R30 or more, will benefit by “earning” an hour`s worth of airtime for free.

The 60 minutes of free voice airtime can be used at anytime over a two-day period, for MTN to MTN calls. The offer will run until 22 December and is valid for MTN PayAsYouGo customers on the Call per Second plan only.

Holiday apps

As the popularity of cellular apps increases, BlackBerry has identified specific apps that help holiday-goers with flights, weather forecasts, social networking, restaurants and sightseeing over the festive period.

Some of the more appealing apps include WorldMate Live, which acts as a travel assistant, giving users instant access to all trip details, including flight details, hotels, itineraries, weather updates, currency converters and more.

It enables users to create itineraries that sync between your BlackBerry smartphone, Outlook Calendar, personal Web site and WorldMate Live Web site.

The BlackStar app enables users keep track of their current latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, direction and the distance to your destination.

As many holiday-goers take to the long road over the festive period, BlackBerry points to its DriveSafe.ly app. This reads text messages and e-mails out loud so users can concentrate on the road instead of on their cellphones.

“In Case of Emergency” is another safety featured app offered by the smartphone maker.

The app provides emergency personnel with critical personal and medical data, such as the user`s name, who to contact, important notification telephone numbers, blood type, allergies, the user`s physician`s name and number, the medication the user takes, existing medical conditions – even the name of their health insurer.

Lastly, BlackBerry points to the Navita Translator app for travelling to foreign destinations over the festive season. The app can translate more than 50 languages and read words aloud in languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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