Cell C lower international call rate now available to 227 countries

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.

At R1.99 per minute, Zone 2 includes 53 countries including Argentina, Botswana, Israel, Japan, Mozambique, Namibia, Saudi Arabia, Swaziland, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates.

Zone 3, at R2.99 per minute covers 66 countries including Cameroon, Denmark, Ethiopia, Ghana, Lebanon, Lesotho, Mexico, Switzerland and Qatar.

He adds that the remaining 58 countries will be added to Zone 4 and Zone 5 at R3.99 and R8.99 per minute respectively.  Zone 4 includes countries such as Albania, Bulgaria, Chile, Liberia, Sudan and Zimbabwe.  Zone 5 includes Cuba, Djibouti, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Tunisia.

‘We will continue to negotiate better rates and where we are able to further reduce rates, we will make amendments,” says Knott-Craig.

All international calls are pure circuit-switched calls (non-VoIP) ensuring the best quality possible.

A full list of countries per zone is listed below:

Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
Zone 4
Zone 5
American Samoa Antigua & Barbuda Afghanistan San Marino Albania Ascension Islands
Angola Argentina Algeria Senegal Azerbaijan Comoros Islands
Australia Bhutan Andorra Seychelles Bulgaria Cook Islands
Austria Bolivia Anguilla Switzerland Central African Republic Cuba
Bahrain Botswana Armenia St Lucia Chile Diego Garcia
Bangladesh Burundi Aruba St Vincent and the Grenadines Congo Brazzaville Djibouti
Belgium Colombia Bahamas Suriname Croatia East Timor
Bermuda Costa Rica Barbados Syria Democratic Republic of Congo Falkland Islands
Brazil Czech Republic Belarus Tanzania Eritrea Gambia
Brunei Dominica Belize Turkey Estonia Greenland
Cambodia Dominican Republic Benin Turks And Caicos Islands French Polynesia Guinea Bissau
Canada French Guiana Bosnia and Herzegovina Uruguay Haiti Kiribati
China Guadeloupe British Virgin Islands Yemen Liberia North Korea
Cyprus Georgia Burkina Faso Libya Latvia
Egypt *Hawaii Cameroon Monaco Liechtenstein
Finland Hungary Cape Verde Montenegro Macedonia
France Iceland Cayman Islands Morocco Maldives
Germany Iran Chad Serbia Myanmar
Greece Iraq Denmark South Sudan Nauru
Guam Israel Ecuador Sudan Niue
Hong Kong Japan El Salvador Togo Norfolk Islands
India Jordan Equatorial Guinea Tonga Papua New Guinea
Indonesia Kazakhstan Ethiopia Zimbabwe Sao Tome and Principe
Ireland Kuwait Faroe Islands Sierra Leone
Italy Kyrgyzstan Fiji Slovenia
Kenya Luxembourg Gabon Solomon Islands
Laos Malta Grenada Somalia
Lithuania Martinique Ghana St Helena
Macau Mauritius Guyana St Pierre & Miquelon
Malawi Mozambique Gibraltar Tokelau
Malaysia Namibia Guatemala Tunisia
Mariana Islands Nepal Honduras Tuvalu
Mongolia Netherlands Antilles Ivory Coast Vanuatu
Netherlands Norway Jamaica Wallis & Futuna Islands
New Zealand Panama Lebanon Western Samoa
Nigeria Paraguay Lesotho
Pakistan Philippines Mali
Portugal Reunion Marshall Islands
Puerto Rico Rwanda Mayotte
Romania Saudi Arabia Mexico
Singapore Slovakia Micronesia
South Korea Sri Lanka Moldova
Spain St Maarten New Caledonia
Sweden Swaziland Nicaragua
Thailand Taiwan Niger
UK Tajikistan Oman
US Virgin Islands Trinidad and Tobago Palau
USA Turkmenistan Palestine
Uzbekistan Uganda Peru
Vietnam Ukraine Poland
United Arab Emirates Qatar
Venezuela Russia
Zambia Saint Kitts and Nevis
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