Viral video earns student new smartphone

May 25, 2017
Jonathan Robinson (centre) posed for a photo with Digicel's social media executive Kadeen Brown (left) and Taj Wilson, after the they surprised him at school with a brand new smartphone and other goodies.

After seeing a video on Instagram recently from fifteen-year old schoolboy Jonathan Robinson requesting a new phone, telecommunications firm Digicel pledged to fulfil his request if his video could get 1,000 likes.

Well, in less than 24 hours, the video racked up close to 2,000 likes and more than 12,000 views.

A Digicel team made a surprised visit to his school, Ardenne High, and gave him a Samsung J3 smartphone, a cool d’Music knapsack, credit to activate a data plan and a free 3-month Gold subscription to Learning Hub Online.

“I was hoping but I never really expected that I would have actually got the phone,” said Robinson.

“When I saw the post on Instagram and how quickly the likes were coming in, I realised that it would actually happen, so I’m really happy for all the support from everyone.”

A model student who sits on the Principal’s list with a 91 per cent average, Robinson also participates in a number of extra-curricular activities, including basketball, music club and Mathematics Club.

“Jonathan is such a promising young man that when we saw his video, there was no hesitation.  We just knew we wanted to help,” said Elon Parkinson, head of public relations at Digicel.

“The fact that he chose this route to make his request was also quite unique and we wanted to share his story with our social media family and get them involved as well.  We’re very happy for Jonathan and we wish him all the best in his endeavours.”


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