Zain Vukas with tariffs

September 25, 2008

, NAIROBI, September 25 – Mobile phone operator Zain Kenya has launched a new tariff for calls across all networks that will see consumers paying a flat rate of Sh8 per minute.

The tariff dubbed ‘Vuka’ translates into a 60 percent reduction in cost for calls made across all networks.

“Additionally, the customers who will be on the ‘Vuka’ tariff can also enjoy our unlimited talk package where, for Sh65 per day, they will have unlimited Zain to Zain calls from 6a.m to 6p.m,” he said.

Zain Managing Director, Rene Meza Thursday said the tariff would attract a charge Sh3 for text messages across all networks.

“They will also have the possibility to shift from one tariff to another everyday and to enjoy the Sh3 on weekends and from 6p.m to 6a.m,” he revealed adding that the company would, beginning Friday, also introduce affordable handsets to go with the new tariff.

At the same time, Mr Meza said the company would spend about Sh3 billion over the next three months to extend its coverage especially in Central Kenya. He said this would enable them to meet the demand of 500, 000 new customers every month.

“We are also finalising on a very competitive mobile banking solution, which is going to be launched very soon. It will be a revolutionary product not only in Kenya but throughout East Africa where people will be able to send and receive money within and outside Kenya,” he said.

Last week, Telkom Kenya launched its mobile phone services dubbed ‘Orange brand’ effectively becoming the third mobile operator in the country. Another operator, Econet Wireless Limited, is yet to roll-out.

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