- South Africa's Cybersmart has launched its new Cybertel voice product, offering unlimited calls to all mobile operators, landline calls to all operators and free calls to most international destinations for ZAR 999 per month. The VoIP service works with any ADSL connection, with two configuration options: use an ATA device that plugs into an ADSL router, with a normal telephone handset connected to the ATA device, or use a VoIP phone that plugs directly into the ADSL router. Cybertel customers will get a 021, 031 or 010 landline number depending on their geographic location.
MTN South Africa has launched a promotion for PayAsYouGo and MTN Zone TopUp customers to pay ZAR 0.75 per minute to call the UK, US and 10 other countries. The same customers pay between ZAR 1.19 and ZAR 2.59 to call South African MTN numbers. MTN's international calling promotion makes it possible to call 12 destinations for 75c per minute and another 28 destinations at 99c per minute.
- Nigeria: Micro-Station, a one-stop-shop for mobile phones, laptops and their accessories has extended its retail business to Victoria Island in Lagos, aimed at meeting the demands of phone users in the area. Located on Saka Tinubu Street, the Victoria Island retail outlet, which was unveiled on Monday, brought to three, the number of retail outlets operated by Micro-Station in Lagos.
MTN has clarified a press statement it sent out yesterday, which claimed "lowest international call rates to key African destinations" had been introduced for cash-strapped consumers contending with "financially strenuous times". According to the operator, thanks to its new rates, consumers would "be able to talk to loved ones living in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Nigeria, Lesotho and Swaziland without having to empty their pockets". MTN said its new "lowest" rates started from 75c per minute.
- Nigeria's MTN has entered a partnership with a retail online store, Jumia to offer free mobile internet access for each new customer.
- South Africa ISP Web Africa has started offering capped ADSL users free data between midnight and 06:00hrs. Subscribers will receive an amount of free data equal to the size of their current cap, until the end of November.