Even as they are in dispute with the largest mobile operator in the country, a traffic throttling issue that has escalated into a full blown “hey, go to hell!” situation in a short time, Telecel has gone on to launch a promotion that will certainly only add fuel to this price war. The promotion, called Super Voice bundles, is essentially modeled along the lines of NetOne’s “dollar a day“, the only difference being that NetOne’s is unlimited.
Here’s how the Super Voice bundles work: buying a $1 worth of airtime gets you 200 free minutes to other Telecel numbers at any time of the day or night. $0.50 gets you 90 mins. The great thing is that for those subscribers that use more than a dollar a day, this plus mega bonus reloaded, essentially means lots of free calls, both within the network and to other networks.
The other not so shiny part of the deal is that the free minutes expire after 24 hours so it’s a use or lose affair. If you were using a total of say just $5 a month, maybe a dollar every week or so, this is good, but not extremely exciting.
We are told the promo is successor to the Mo’Fire promo that’s just been retired. There’s no information on when this one will expire but we’re informed the company is just short of going “unlimited” calls for a dollar right now.
The one thing we asked ourselves when we got the news was whether Telecel has enough network capacity to carry a surge in traffic. Remember there were suggestion in their current row with Econet that the throttling may have been the result of an unplanned for sudden increase in traffic. Either way, lower voice calls are great for the consumer however they come.