Telecel Slashes International SMS Costs, Begins Per Second Promotions

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Telecel ZimbabweTelecel press release

Telecel Zimbabwe on Saturday switched all its customers to per second billing. Promotions only available previously with per minute billing are now available in a revised form as per second billing promotions.

Telecel has also slashed the cost of international SMS text messages from 22 cents to nine cents. It has  reduced the cost of a local SMS from nine cents to seven cents.

Previously Telecel customers could choose to switch between per second billing and per minute billing, depending on which was most advantageous for them.

Per minute billing was advantageous for customers wishing to take advantage of Telecel’s Mega Juice Card, Baby Juice Card and cheap international calls, all of which were only available as per minute billing promotions.

The Mega Juice Card, which cost one dollar, and Baby Juice Card, which cost fifty cents,  included bonus air time for calls to other Telecel subscribers.

Following the switching of all customers permanently to per second billing, Telecel has adapted its Mega Juice, Baby Juice and cheap international calls to per second billing.

A one dollar Mega Juice Card provides, in addition to one dollar’s normal air time, 50 cents bonus air time that can be used for calling other Telecel numbers before 5am the next day. The 50 cents Baby Juice Card has 25 cents bonus air time. The bonus air time is only valid for calling Telecel numbers. It remains valid up until 5am the next day, or the same day if the airtime was loaded after midnight.

International calls to 23 major international destinations now cost only 24 cents per minute (0,4 cents per second).

Calls can be made for this price to the United Kingdom, United States, South Africa, Canada, Australia, China, India, Dubai, Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, Egypt, Brazil, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Russia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.

It does not matter at what time of day one calls or whether one is calling a landline or mobile phone. The only exceptions are calls to Vodafone and MTN numbers in the United Kingdom and South Africa, which cost slightly more.

The reduction in the cost of international text messages to nine cents means that Telecel is the cheapest network not only for international calls but international SMSs.

Telecel established a reputation for itself earlier in the year as the leading local network when it comes to offering affordable services. It led the way in reducing the cost of SIM cards, cellphones and international calls. Its price slashes were considerable. It is continuing this trend with its reduction in the cost of local and international SMSs. It has reduced the cost of an international SMS by more than 60 percent.

Telecel press release


  1. Clement Siby

    Now this is good news indeed. we are getting somewhere.

  2. taribabe

    Better, kwasara Eco – chinyi

  3. BaDali

    Eish! You guys are phoning for nothing. The cheapest South African call rate to Zim (I know of that is) is around 52cents per minute. This is when phoning Econet from their South African lines.

  4. JamesM

    As long as SMSs are actually delivered this is very good and promising. There’s however another wireless telco notorious for failing to deliver SMSs and neither reimburses customers for undelivered SMSs! Can anyone guess who that is?

  5. chris

    I live in Canada and have unlimited local and international text messaging at $5 per month.

  6. Clement Siby

    Ooh oooh .. i wish.

  7. Godfrey b

    These guys should now roll out their broadband to give the competition the much awaited rude awakening,wow cant wait

  8. itai

    give it time..

  9. Dr Linux(Leon)

    I’ve always been saying telecel is the way, ever since I got my telecel line in 2007 it seems the conditions have always been favorable and affordable. Call their customer care and you treated like a king. I love telecel ha ha ha. It’s the most humble telco in zim. 9 cents for international sms ah thank you guys, you’re my best. The only thing remaining now is our website. Happy subscriber

  10. ashro419

    I seriously think that is the best website for cheap international calls from your phone. I tried the rest but this is the best. Happy calling people

  11. Erma Arguete

    That is great! But i think Telecel is not that popular on it’s field. They should do some more tactics or strategies like voxcall which has cheap phone cards which can make international calls.

    Erma Arguete,
    International Phone Cards

  12. Daphne Masamba

    you guys are the best

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