Etisalat offers over 90% roaming discount to Hajj pilgrims
TELECOMS| Sept. 1, 2012, 7:29 a.m.
By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria
From September 1st till November 30th 2012, new and existing Etisalat customers travelling to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj pilgrimage will have the opportunity to enjoy highly discounted rates on local calls in Saudi Arabia, calls to Nigeria, SMS and data services in the Etisalat Hajj Promo. This promo will enable customers stay in touch with family and friends while performing Hajj.
The promo will give subscribers on the network up to 90% discount on outgoing calls to Nigeria at N50 per minute, local calls within Saudi Arabia at N30 per minute and N12 per SMS with a data package for as low as 2 kobo per KB when they buy 200MB internet bundle. For customers to enjoy this package, all they have to do is roam on the Mobily network and new subscribers must register their SIM cards.
Etisalat Nigeria’s Chief Commercial Officer, Wael Ammar, speaking on the promo, said it is the company’s desire to keep loved ones connected during the religious pilgrimage through cost effective and friendlier tariff offers. “In keeping to our commitment to providing the very best in seamless communication to our customers, we design tailor made products and services that speak directly to their needs”. Speaking further, Ammar said, “The Hajj promo is one of such offers that enable our customers to stay connected to loved ones carry on while also on their spiritual journey. ”
Director, Products and Services, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada, says the promo has been designed to offer customers convenience such that they can travel with recharge cards as well as receive e-top up from family and friends in Nigeria. “In addition to friendlier call tariffs, Etisalat offers its prepaid customers data roaming internet bundle packages. Subscribers can text the codes *295*1#, *295*2# and *295*3# for 50, 100 and 200MB, at N2000, N3000 and N4000 respectively for a validity period of 30 days”, he said.
Roaming is available to prepaid subscribers by default; they simply need to switch on their devices on arrival in Saudi Arabia whilst the postpaid subscribers must visit an Etisalat experience centre to request for roaming and pay a security deposit before embarking on their trip.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
Bharti Airtel appoints Dr. Titus Naikuni as Chairman, Airtel KenyaBharti Airtel has announced the appointment of Dr. Titus Naikuni as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Airtel Kenya. Read More
NCC descends on Lagos firmThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has descended on Owntel Communications for allegedly offering telecommunications services for which it was not licensed. Read More
BTCL wraps up nationwide employee road showsAs part of the overarching awareness activities ahead of the much-anticipated Initial Public Offering (IPO) of Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL), the company has successfully completed a nationwide employee road show. Read More
Gabon Telecom striking employees threaten disruptionGabon Telecom employees who have been on strike since last week over pay increases, bonuses and housing allowances, are now threatening to disrupt the company operations. Read More
How service quality can improve: NCCNigeria’s NCC says quality of service problems are caused by too much traffic on networks, and operators have been urged to keep expanding their capacity. Read More
Mobile subscriptions in Africa near billion markMobile subscriptions in Africa passed 880 million in Q3 of 2014 with a 77 percent mobile penetration, says Ericsson’s latest Mobility Report. Read More
Apple commends Glo on iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus launchThe creative management of the launch of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in Nigeria by Globacom has earned commendation from Apple, manufacturer of high end smartphones. Read More
Africell DRC’s free calls delight users despite lack of interconnectionDespite its lack of interconnection, Africell’s low rates make it a popular choice for DRC subscribers. Read More
Nigeria grows subscribers to 134.5mNigeria has grown subscribers figures to 134.5 million at the end third quarter of this year. It also grew teledensity to 96.08 per cent. Read More
Vodacom donates US$170 000 to help DRC rape victimsMobile operator Vodacom has donated US$170 000 to the Panzi Foundation to build a trauma and transit centre for women victims of rape and sexual violence in the east of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read More
FEATURED STORYGSMA: half a billion mobile subscribers in SSA by 2020
The number of unique mobile subscribers in Sub-Saharan Africa will pass the half billion mark in 2020, says a new GSMA report.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHAfrica lags on digital migration
Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.
COMPANY NEWSVMware Study: Businesses can Take Three Weeks to get Employees Mobile-Ready
EMEA businesses say concerns over trust, ownership and delivery capability may hold back taking advantage of the mobile cloud-era.