Orange woos subscribers ahead of counterfeit deadline
TELECOMS| Aug. 28, 2012, 4:36 p.m.
By Semaj Itosno, Nairobi, Kenya
Orange has launched a genuine mobile handsets campaign dubbed Chagua Original (Choose original), through which subscribers will be able to purchase 3G-enabled devices at discounted prices of up to 60%.
During the campaign period, which began on Tuesday, subscribers purchasing smartphones or 3G devices at all Orange shops will also benefit from one month's free internet access as well as free access to Wikipedia and Facebook.
The devices that form part of the Chagua Original promotion range in price from Ksh 599 (down from the earlier price of Ksh 999) for the ZTE S309 handset to the ZTE San Francisco retailing at Ksh 7,999 (down from Ksh9,999). Also on offer is the recently launched Huawei Gaga which goes for Ksh 5,999 (instead of Kshs 8,799).
The Chagua Original promotion comes just a month ahead of the government’s move to switch-off all counterfeit devices on all of the country’s four mobile networks by September 30 this year.
“We aim to ensure that none of our over 3 million plus subscribers is affected by the switch-off on September 30. As part of this, we have launched various competitively priced but high quality devices that can be purchased from Orange shops,” said Telkom Kenya CEO Mickael Ghossein.
The telecoms industry regulator Communications Commission of Kenya’s (CCK) has recently announced that all devices with non-authentic Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) numbers would be disconnected from networks by September 30.
The IMEI number - the 15-digit code that every mobile handset is always assigned upon manufacture by the vendor – can be obtained by dialing *#06# or printed under battery for some models.
The number is used by mobile networks to identify genuine devices and can thereby be used to guard against phone theft as all devices which have been reported stolen are stopped from accessing the network.
When say a mobile phone user loses a handset, the subscriber can call the mobile network provider and instruct them to blacklist the phone using its IMEI number, thereby rendering the phone useless on that particular network as well as other networks, whether the SIM is changed or not.
To check if a phone is counterfeit, any user can send its phone IMEI number to 1555, and will automatically receive an answer. The CCK campaig aims to guard against mobile phone theft as well entry as of substandard devices into the country.
MORE TELECOMS NEWS
MTN Ghana named Telecoms Company of the yearMTN Ghana emerged the winner in categories like Mobile Operator of the Year, Mobile Money Service of the Year, Customer Service Company of the Year and Cloud Company of the Year at this year’s Ghana Telecoms Awards. Read More
Etisalat warns of disruption to network over fuel scarcityEtisalat Nigeria has joined other mobile network operators (MNOs) in Nigeria to warn its subscribers that its services may start experiencing glitches due to the ongoing fuel scarcity. Read More
Nigerian fuel scarcity threatens telecomsThe ongoing fuel scarcity in Nigeria, where many enterprises rely on generators to stay operational, is threatening the delivery of telecoms services. Read More
NCC halts MTN’s new tariff plansThe Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has halted a tariff plan called MTN TruTalk+ saying it did not give any approval for such service. Read More
Significant improvements in network quality for Tigo customers on Accra-Takoradi routeFollowing the upgrade of its Microwave backbone between Accra and Takoradi telecom operator Tigo says its customers along the stretch will continue to enjoy a seamless connection every time there is a fibre cut. Read More
Airtel staff take to streets with ‘too much’ combo packsA team of staff and management of Airtel Ghana has embarked a rigorous concentrated market blitz to promote the company’s newly outdoored innovative product – “Too Much”. Read More
WIOCC, Dalkom Somalia win service innovation awardWIOCC and its shareholder Dalkom Somalia have won the Wholesale Service Innovation Award at the Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation Awards Summit 2015 for bringing direct, high-capacity, international connectivity to Somalia for the first time. Read More
UNGC renews Safaricom CEO termThe United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has renewed Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore’s term as a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). Read More
ITU marks 150th anniversary with global celebrationsITU celebrated its 150th anniversary on 17 May, marking a long and illustrious history at the cutting edge of communication technologies. Read More
Airtel launches MPLS for enterprise customersIn a significant move aimed at enhancing connectivity options for its corporate customers, leading telecommunications service provider Airtel Nigeria has launched a secure Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network aimed at facilitating superior and cost effective branch connectivity both locally and globally. Read More
FEATURED STORYThe transformative power of affordable smartphones and unlimited data in Ghana
Smartphones are helping transform their lives of ordinary people in Ghana, Reports Nana Appiah Acquaye.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHNIMC infrastructure must be managed by credible people: NIMC chief
NIMC’s chief speaks to Kokumo Goodie about the role of the NIMC and his own legacy.