Vodacom has announced the launch of its international calling promotion that offers customers the lowest rate in South Africa when making international calls directly from a cellphone. Contract, Top Up and Prepaid customers will pay 89c per minute anytime, provided they cough up a R5 charge per month. This promotion will be available from 21 October to 31 December 2012.
This is in contrast with Cell C which launched their 99c per minute rates to much fanfare. Vodacom users might well have the lower rate per minute, but the R5 fee per month seems somewhat strange. Cell C CEO (and ex-Vodacom CEO) Alan Knott Craig even went so far as to say Vodacom “screwed customers long enough. Let them keep their R5″. (MyBroadband, TechCentral)
But R5 is not a high fee to pay for much improved international calling rates. We are pretty certain Vodacom users with family or friends overseas will subscribe to the service. The limited time deal seems curious though – hopefully Vodacom will keep the offer open in 2013.
To benefit from this great offer, customers can opt in by dialing *111# and follow the prompts on the 89c international calling menu. Calls are billed per second, from the first second. A R5 monthly fee will be charged. Customers can opt out at any time by dialing *111# and selecting ‘opt-out’ from the 89c international calling menu.
The international calling promotion will be available for calls made to the following countries: (more…)
Cell C customers will benefit from significantly reduced call rates to more than 227 countries from 1 September.
Following the launch of its 99c per minute call rate to 50 countries in recent months, Cell C has now reduced the call rates to an additional 177 countries.
“We have spent a great deal of time negotiating better termination rates with our international partners. The termination rates, or rates charged by other operators to carry calls on their networks, remain the highest input cost both locally and abroad, when determining call rates,” says Alan Knott-Craig, Cell C CEO.
He says the savings negotiated will be passed on to consumers through reduced international call tariffs. In addition to the reduced tariffs, Cell C has also simplified its price plan to ensure more transparency when making calls abroad.
Countries have been grouped into five different zones according to the new call rates and will be available to prepaid, hybrid and postpaid customers as default rates from 1 September. Calls will be billed on a per second basis and the new rates will be applicable to fixed line and mobile numbers in the respective countries.
Zone 1 includes 50 countries at a call rate of 99c per minute. Calling destinations in Zone 1 include Angola, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, the UK and USA.
Cell C’s 99c tariff will be extended to an additional 27 countries from Sunday 1 July, bringing the total number of countries to which Cell C customers can make calls at 99c per minute on per second billing at anytime, to 34 countries. Some of these tariffs to additional countries will be on a promotional basis, but are expected to become permanent tariffs by the end of July once approved by ICASA.
“Whether it is prepaid, postpaid or international call rates, our overall pricing strategy is to simplify tariffs and offer very affordable rates. In order to achieve that, flat rates on a per second basis for voice are key and we are tackling all of our price plans across the board to ensure simplicity, affordability and complete transparency for our customers,” says Cell C CEO Alan Knott-Craig.
Earlier this month and due to an unprecedented demand following its international call rate promotion to China, India, Pakistan, the UK and USA, Cell C converted the promotional 99c per minute rate to a permanent tariff to these countries as well as Australia and Hong Kong.
Effective Sunday, 1 July, this rate will include calls made to (more…)