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If you can’t stand the idea of not being connected for the few minutes it takes to fill up your car, we’ve got some good news for you. Total South Africa has announced that it will soon offer free WiFi at its service stations.
The offering, which is the result of a partnership with Telkom, will see the petrochemical company offer its customers 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi at over 260 of its services stations. Of course, you won’t just be able to hang around near your closest Total all day and logins will be required for access. Time extension packages are also available at a nominal rate of R15 for an extra 15 minutes or R25 for an additional hour.
Given that, and the fact that the free WiFi offering is set to be rolled out with a branded food offering, it seems that the offering is designed more for the kind of service stations where people spend a reasonable amount of time at (including the ones situated on major holiday routes) rather than the ones where people just go to fill up on a weekly or monthly basis.
“Research shows a growing move to free access to Wi-Fi hotspots. Total grabbed the opportunity to deliver more convenience service options to its forecourt customers, in offering free Wi-Fi” mentions Jabulani Mabaso, Total’s National Retail and Convenience Manager.