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.
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