When Africom launched mobile internet services about a month ago, it was with a one month free bandwidth promotion for all customers. The promotion was due to expire on 10 October, when Africom said it would unveil the tariff schedule for the new services. 10 October came and passed and it’s emerging Africom is not ready yet.
This ofcourse is good news to a lot of customers who’ve been trying out the service. The trial period is just automatically extending until Africom sorts itself out. We hear it’ll take another several more days before they’re ready to start selling the charged service.
Those of you who decided to tap into some free bandwidth when it launched will know that Africom is selling the CDMA Internet modems without SIM cards. So there’s no way for them to actually identify their customers and make them pay for the Internet being used. In fact, subscribers are using the default passwords to log onto the network.
A friendly source at an ISP tells us the one month free bandwidth was most likely not by design. He says there are high chances Africom’s billing system and infrastructure is not ready to identify users and measure usage. Or maybe Africom would like to wait and see the mobile services (and pricing) Econet will launch on Wednesday next week, then maybe adjust its offering to steal the thunder soon after with its own launch.
Whatever the reason, I’m getting free Internet so Africom can take their time.
We’re still trying to get pricing info and will update once we get something.