I am UK based with personal & business interests in several East African
I have recently come across a way of accessing the www for free, well apart
from the cost of a local call and having to put up with some adverts.
When I down loaded the software required I noted that many of the countries
listed are where fellow AFRIK-ITers live and work.
What I would like to know is if the service offered by www.x-stream.com has
/ is being used by other AFRIK-IT members and if so how well or otherwise
If the x-stream service works in other countries and does not entail say
someone in Djibouti having to dial the states to get "so called free access
when a minitel connection would have been cheaper", then I think a
variation on the service, funded by the various donors etc rather than
advertisers could be very advantageous for people through out Africa.
Being controversial for a minute perhaps this would be a better way to
spend the donor funds allocated for the internet, it would certainly make
the internet more accessible to more ordinary people throughout Africa than
just pouring yet more money into established organisations.
(This is only my personal view, I don't wish to start a discussion on how
donor funds should be spent, only to find out if the x-stream service works
so I can send my friends throughout East Africa a copy of the software).
I have not had my phone bill yet to check a few things, but it seems to
work quite well for me at home however the adverts do start to get on your
nerves after a bit and most of the adverts would not be of any interest to
someone in Africa.
The only snag that I can see apart from the adverts is of cause you have to
have www access to begin with to down load the software.
I have no connection with x-stream or G.O.D. (Global Online Directory?) etc
& I do not wish to debate how donors money is spent so please let's not
start any flame wars etc.
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Please could someone e-mail me off line how to change the name against
which my AFRIK-IT subscription is registered or send me the AFRIK-IT