TELECOMS, RATES, OFFERS AND COVERAGE

Telecoms, Rates, Offers and Coverage : In Brief

* Dar Es Salaam — Zantel has introduced a new product which will allow its customers to make off-net calls at 1.99/- per second, the existing rate of 5.5/- per second representing a 68 per cent price cut compared to other operators.

The product 'Twanga Kote Kote' gives the company's customers freedom to make calls to any network in Tanzania for only 1.99/- per second for 24 hours a day. 

*Freetown — Sierra Leone's Africell has unveiled a new tariff for calls being made to different mobile companies. Subscribers now have the opportunity to make calls at 15 units per minute flat rate to any mobile company.  

* Samsung has introduced its latest smartphone brand in Kenya, aiming for a piece of the rapidly growing top-end mobile market that has witnessed increased activity over the past three months. It is teaming up with Safaricom to sell the phone, S8500, and becomes the second firm after Huawei to ride on the back of the company's 16.2 million subscribers to grow their unit sales. 

* Telecommunications company Neotel has unveiled its first prepaid offering, announcing on Wednesday that it would charge 20c/minute for ad-hoc prepaid data and 50c/minute for calls to Telkom and other Neotel numbers. Neotel’s new prepaid product, which is only available in R100 vouchers for now, offers fixed-line calls (Neotel to Neotel and Neotel to Telkom) for 50c/minute, regardless of distance and time of day. Calls to mobile operators cost R1.50/minute in peak times and R1,20/minute in off-peak periods. SMSes cost 20c each. Consumers will still need to purchase a CDMA-compatible handset at a cost of R599.

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