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Swazi Mobile launches cheaper rates

image UNITED: Swazi Mobile executive at last night’s tariff launch.

Swazi Mobile has now released its much anticipated rates as it makes its debut as the second mobile network in the Kingdom.

After keeping its cards close to its chest for months, the mobile network revealed its rates last night at a packed to the brim Gigi’s Restaurant. This event was attended by captains of industry with the view to unveil the packages for the mobile network.

Swazi Mobile is still to launch its services, although the date has not been revealed. Ever since being granted the licence to run a network, Swazi Mobile has been operating behind the scenes to get itself ready for its July target, and never revealed a thing about what it intended to do except that it would offer good service to the nation.

Last night, the company revealed three price plans that it will offer the Pay-as-you-go, contract and social plan which caters for the elderly, another groundbreaking strategy that complements its decision to offer its customers shares by merely buying a SIM card. 

The mobile company has been brave in setting its tariffs, announcing very cheaper tariffs that excited the invited guests at the unveiling it had organised to give a glimpse into its packages.

The network’s calling will only cost E1.10 during peak hours and 66cents off-peak for pay-as-you-go customers while the standard data charge is a competitive 80cents. For post paid customers, Swazi Mobile they will be pleased that this offering has been made affordable even for the normal man on the street with the cheapest package standing at E295. 

There were fears the company would fail to match the tariffs that are already in the market after Swazi MTN launched its price transformation. Its tariffs show that there has been a lot of work done on matching the market.

The plan that was applauded by the people in attendance was the social plan, an option specifically for the elderly. The elderly will only have to fork our E240 per annum to stay activated on the Swazi Mobile network. 

Launching their packages, Chief Marketing Officer Khulile Dlamini stated that apart from the two packages that were normal for mobile companies they had added the social plan which would cater for the elderly. 

Dlamini said as a company they had always said they were a company for Swazis and because they understood the socio-economy of the country they had decided to come up with the social plan.  “We are cognisant of the economy, we know that the elderly also want to stay connected hence we have made it available for them,” he said. 

According to Dlamini’s presentation, elderly people aged 60 and above will need E20 a month to stay activated on the Swazi Mobile network. Dlamini said for E240, a person would be entitled to 60 calls and messages. 

“If you fall within this age group, you produce your identity card at a Swazi Mobile store and you will be registered on our network. Each ID will only be registered once,” he said. 

Dlamini said the whole purpose of their tariffs was to make them affordable for everyone. He said they also wanted the contract plan to be affordable for all Swazis. 

“People must have the option to change, they must be channelled by our prices,” he said. 

 

Free 30-minute calls on Sundays

For up to three months as from next week Sunday, all Swazi Mobile users will call for free every Sunday. 

Revealing their price plans yesterday, Chief Marketing Officer Khulile Dlamini said from August 5  their users will call for the first 30 minutes for free. 

“Beginning on the first Sunday of August, all our customers will have the first 30 minutes of voice calls for free, first 30 SMS for free and first 30MB they use on the day for free. 

This will go on every Sunday for three months and there after we will have another exciting promotion,” he said.

Dlamini explained that the calls and the messages were not restricted to local calls as people would still enjoy the freebie even when calling other countries.

 “As long as it is the first 30 minutes, it is free, you call anyone, anywhere in Africa it will still be free,” he said. 

Sunday Promotion

First 30 Minutes free

First 30 SMS free

First 30MB free

 
SIM cards available for sale
Swazi Mobile is now well and truly live—and as of today SIM cards are available at any Swazi Mobile service store in the country.
The SIM cards, which are in high demand, are now officially available and they each sell at E50 and they come with already loaded airtime.  Speaking after the official tariff launch, Dlamini said their SIM card would officially start selling today. Dlamini further stated that those who had registered prior would be called and told where they should collect their SIM cards.  “We will be calling those who registered and tell them where to collect their SIM cards,” he said.  Dlamini said even the ones who had registered would still need to fork out the E50. 
 
 

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