Disclosure: The writer consults for Telecel Zimbabwe and the views expressed here are solely his and not of any company or of TechZim’s.
For just $1 you can enjoy 35 mins (yes I know that they started at 200 mins last year, then dropped to 90 mins) for Telecel to Telecel calls, but hey, this is undoubtedly the best (well, if you don’t use NetOne and are enjoying their $1 a day promo or Africom and their unlimited deal for just $10 per month).
How to get Telecel On-net Voice Bundles (35 mins for $1)
- Simply dial *156# when you have recharged your account with $1.
- Select 1. 35 mins Telecel to Telecel (Bundles are valid for 24 hours on a “use it or lose it” basis)
- Call any Telecel number with your 35 mins.
- Have $1 in your account 24 hours later, so as to renew the bundle.
- There is NO SMS method to subscribe to this promotion at the moment.
The order of usage when calling Telecel numbers will be first your on-net bundle that you’d have bought through *156#. Once that is finished you will then be billed from any Voice Bundles that you’d have bought through their *146# Voice Bundle packages. Then after that you will be billed from your main airtime.
If you have exhausted your 35 mins calling other Telecel subscribers and your 24 hours are not yet up, there is no need to wait until the daily anniversary of the bundle, but you can simply “Opt Out” the service and “Opt in” again. Done, you have another 35 mins to enjoy for another day, albeit you’ll have to pay another $1, but this saves you from waiting the full 24 hours.
Do not opt in to the service and then opt out straight away, because you will not be refunded your $1. That you failed to use those 35 mins that you bought (albeit after 1 minute) you lose out. So be sure to tread cautiously when you hit that opt out button.
So, the mobile wars are back (as if they went away). It’s more than just using another network’s tag line; it’s getting real. I’m not sure what this will do for their subscriber numbers that took a dip in first quarter 2014, but according to their bulk SMS this promo runs until 3 August 2014. I know, 6 days.
Will you subscribe to this service? What does it mean for mobile wars? Is this a big deal for you? What will sweeten it?