Telecoms Rates, Offers and Coverage
- In Zambia, Zamtel has reduced its international call rates to high traffic destinations by more than 50 per cent. The company has slashed rates for calls to destinations frequently called by most Zambians including India, China, America, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, South Africa and Tanzania. Zamtel chief commercial officer Amon Jere cited the United Kingdom, where customers used to pay K58.33 per second, but will now be paying K25, representing 57 per cent reduction.
- Virgin Mobile South Africa has announced that they will launch a new prepaid product next week where their prepaid customers will get an immediate reward of R10 free airtime every time R30 of airtime is used. According to the company this product follows research into what consumers really want from a prepaid product, which includes true per second billing, competitive peak and off-peak rates that are as good or better than contract rates, a great on-net rate, no hidden catches or terms and conditions, as well as loyalty rewards for high usage.
- Research in Motion (RIM), maker of BlackBerry devices, recently announced that they will be bringing a touch screen BlackBerry Bold to market and that it should start appearing at carriers around the world “this summer”. Good news for South African consumers is that they will not have to wait for long either. MTN has indicated that the new BlackBerry Bold will be available from July 2011 in South Africa.
- Vodacom South Africa is set to have the new white iPhone 4 in stores by the end of next week.