Vodacom Tanzania brings you weather updates by mobile phone!!
Tanzanians are now set to enjoy a new technological phase, as plans have now matured to receive weather updates over their mobile phones.
This follows a new partnership between Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA), leading telecommunications company, Vodacom Tanzania, and Starfish Mobile that will enable weather updates to be sent through a text message.
Through this, individuals will now have a chance to be cautious of the weather situations and also schedule their daily activities properly.
Speaking while announcing the new development, TMA Managing Director, Dr. Agnes Kijazi, says that the Agency is doing its best to make use of technological developments in order to ensure time relay of weather situations.
Our country is huge and has various regions with varying weather conditions. Sometimes the channels used to relay weather updates do not get to as many people as expected. It is therefore better to make use of mobile phones to for such an activity since almost everybody has a phone,” says Dr. Kijazi, adding that there are those that travel by air and water hence it is necessary to give them weather updates before they start their journeys in order to avoid any incidences. It is important for Tanzanians to get such updates immediately they need them.”
Kelvin Twissa, Vodacom Tanzania Head of Brand Communication and Marketing, has expressed the company’s joy in entering into the new partnership with TMA, as it will go a long way in giving Tanzanians the much-needed updates. 
The mobile communication sector has greatly grown in the country due to the need for individuals to keep in touch. Through this partnership, the challenge of relaying weather updates has now been solved,” says Twissa, adding that, “Vodacom has done its best to reach as many Tanzanians as possible due to the many products and services we offer. We are making use of channels equipped with latest technological developments.
“We are now offering our services in Goziba Islands, a region that for a long time had no communication access. Now the residents of this region, most of whom are fishermen, will now get weather updates over the phone as the set out to fish,” adds Twissa.
To get the weather updates, individuals are advised to type Wthrand Region then send to 15588. For instance, to get the weather update in Dar es Salaam, one needs to type Wthr Dar the send to 15588. They shall then receive immediately allowing them a confirmation message that will enable them to be receiving weather updates. This will cost Tsh100.
“Today, technology plays a key factor in economic and social development and mobile technology continues to ease communication issues such as accessibility, efficiency and affordability. With key strategic partnerships like the one forged between TMA, Vodacom Tanzania and Starfish Mobile, pertinent information can be accessed almost immediately by stakeholders.  As an example, farmers will be able receive weather information, which is a critical factor to their cultivation and harvest outcome.  Generally, weather updates and warnings can assist in planning better protection of one’s investment – whether a farmer, or real estate developer or even a tourist,” concludesReshmaBharmal-Shariff, Managing Director, Starfish Mobile East Africa Limited.