AIRA has announced that calls of five minutes or less on its service will now be free.
This allows for short tasks to be completed without the need for using minutes. AIRA also offers free access to small business owners, jobseekers, and patrons of various establishments including airports and some chain stores. For paid users, the first five minutes of each call will now be free. The latest version of the app is required to take advantage of this feature.
The complete announcement is below.
The day we ve all been waiting for is finally here.
Aira is free. Everywhere and at any time.
Let that sink in for a moment.
Aira. Is. Free.
Starting today, you can make short calls to Aira agents for free every day. So, whenever you re doing those small, daily tasks where a little information can save you a lot of time, we ve got you covered.
We know, we can hardly believe it ourselves.
There s no catch
So long as the call is relatively quick (5 minutes), it s free! Just make sure you have the latest version of the app on your phone. As this is an early version of the service, we ask for some patience if you come across any hiccups along the way, or if we end up making some minor tweaks further down the line. We re so excited to get this out into the world that we just couldn t wait any longer! The important thing to remember is that Aira is now free, and will always be free.
Want to learn more?
The best way to learn is to do! Use the Aira app and connect with an agent you can ask all your questions and it won t cost you a thing.
If you re not on a plan
That s great! You can now make short calls to Aira agents for free, every day and everywhere. You re no longer limited to using Aira in just Access Locations or with Access Offers (although those are still great to use if you want to do something that will take more time, like explore a museum).
If you re on a plan
That s great too! You can use your free daily short calls to help make your plan minutes stretch further. As the first 5 minutes of every call is free, you can now use your plan minutes whenever you re doing anything that may take more time.
Did we mention that Aira is free?
Connect with an agent now and start saving time. You have nothing to lose literally!
That is good news, but I do have my share of questions. My main question is what the catch is. I am wondering how this will impact their business. I can see where some might try to abuse this, and see how some changes may have to be made in the future to prevent that from happening. On the other hand, five minutes calls may just be the demo that most would need to start paying for the service. I do see in a facebook group or two where some are asking what the difference between the free version of AIRA and be my eyes. Best guess is them trying to figure out what the differences were between the two.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.