Bharti Airtel has partnered with Handygo, a mobile VAS company to launch Behtar Zindagi, a mobile based service which leverages interactive voice response (IVR) to communicate information such as weather updates, mandi rates, live stocks, agriculture, fisheries, health, education and finance to Airtel subscribers in Rajasthan, targeting allied communities across the state. This is not the first operator tie-up for Handygo. the company had also deployed the service on Reliance Communications, tata Teleservices and Idea Cellular, last year. The service will be available for subscribers 24*7, and to avail this service, Airtel subscribers can dial 556780. The service is available at a monthly subscription of Rs 30 and is available in Hindi and 17 other regional languages. We're surprised that Airtel has launched the service only in one circle. Why not launch it all over? Handygo has worked with various private and government bodies including Indian Meteorological Dept, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services, CARE, EKO and NETFISH to collate relevant information and organize its dissemination to farmers using region interactive voice as medium supported by voice and text messages. Promotional Strategy It's interesting to note that in order to promote the service, Airtel and Handygo will be conducting a mass awareness drive among gram panchayats. During these mass awareness drives, both the companies will be educating customers on service usage and on how it might help them to enhance their yield and production. Apart from that, the service will be promoted at various touch points including agricultural & rural…
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