Thursday, April 9, 2009

Telkom Introduces Mobile Service

South African fixed-line operator Telkom has launched its new Mobi service, offering mobile voice services over its WCDMA network. The company already offered data services on the mobile network and has now introduced voice after finalising a deal to spin off its stake in mobile operator Vodacom.

Telkom Mobi offers five service options: prepaid, everyday off-peak, mobile 200, mobi 300 and mobi 500. The prepaid start pack costs ZAR 149 and comes with 15 minutes and 30 SMS. The cost for calls to the Telkom network is ZAR 1.99 per minute during peak times and ZAR 0.89 off-peak times, while peak-time calls to mobile networks are ZAR 2.29 per minute and off-peak calls cost ZAR 1.39. The Telkom Mobi Everyday Off-Peak service carries a monthly subscription fee of ZAR 109 and provides subscribers with 150 off-peak minutes, 30 SMS per month and 25 MB of data.

The three postpaid plans cost ZAR 279, ZAR 389 and ZAR 545 for respectively 200, 300 or 500 minutes per month. The plans also come with monthly SMS and data bundles. The mobile service is currently available in Gauteng and Cape Town. 

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