STARCOMMS Plc has been in the forefront of launching new and innovative services in Nigeria and the latest service is Listen to the Bible on the phone, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria. The Starcomms Listen-to-the-Bible service enables subscribers to make use of the time they usually spend in traffic, at the bus stops or while commuting on a long trip or even for their nightly Bible study at their
To enjoy the facility Starcomms phone users will need to dial a short code *777 on their Starcomms phones to access the service and select any particular verse of Holy Bible and listen to the bible at a fixed cost ofÂ only N25 per call. Per call is one hour for this service.
Speaking on the new Listen -to- the Bible service, the CCO of Starcomms Tushar Maheshwari said: â€œFor busy people, we all know that sitting down to read can seem like luxury. For many, their time is so wrapped up with work, commuting, school and sports activities that there often is hardly any time left for Bible study. Starcomms Listen to Bible service will avail them the opportunity to listen to the Bible on their Starcomms phone. We at Starcomms believe that the tight schedule of our Christian subscribers should not preclude them from growing spiritually hence our decision to make available the Listen-to-the-Bible service,.â€
The Starcomms Listen-to-The-Bible service is also of relevance toÂ students. Many students find that they spend a great deal of time waiting in lines at school as well. This period of inactivityÂ which would ordinarily be wasted can be turned into Bible study time. No matter the situations: be it school, sports or other active sessions, the Bible in their Starcomms phone will come handy.
Shareholders of Starcomms Plc will have cause to smile as the companyâ€™s capital investment within years worth $600 million have started yieldingÂ fruits with the net revenue for the first quarter period ended March 31, 2008 rising by 15 per cent over the corresponding 2008 period.
Meanwhile, it would be recalledÂ Â that the Managing Director/CEO, Starcomms Plc, Mr. Maher Qubain had disclosedÂ to news men during a facility tour to the company in Logos weekend, saying, â€œ Starcomms has invested $600 million within two years for capital expenditure. We spent $1.5 million for power supply because we know there is no constant electricity power supply in Nigeria.
We use six companies to maintain our power system and we have standby batteries as back up should there be any power black out in Nigeria. Though we areÂ yet to have total black out because we still use generators powered by diesel when there are no electricity power supply. In fact, the money we are spending on generators throughout our 20 base stations on daily basis is really much but there is nothing we can do than to keep doing it since we take quality in high esteem and wants to satisfy our customers excellentlyâ€.
He noted that there are several challenges facing the telecomm industry but expressed optimism that the company will over come them when it keeps growing.