8ta announced on 25 October 2012 a new contract offering that will allow subscribers unlimited voice calls to any network in South Africa.
These contracts will be available for a monthly price of between R1,199 and R1,499 per month for 24-months, on either SIM-only and handset-inclusive deals.
Maharaj said that there is no fair usage policy on this deal, but that there are restrictions as to who may use the product and which calls are flat-rated.
Calls may be made to any network in South Africa, whether they be mobile or fixed. All existing SMS and ad-hoc bolt-on bundles may be purchased with the exception of promotional deals.
However, the deals are only available through Telkom channels – 8ta, Telkom Direct, Telkom Business – and are not for resellers or least-cost routing, Maharaj said.
Telkom’s consumer mobile arm also won’t allow international bypass. Numbers such as those used by VoIP providers are excluded as well.
Maharaj said that these entities are not excluded for any malicious reason, but rather that 8ta opted to work with the larger operators with well-documented interconnect regimes.
“These are terms we use to describe fraud in the telecommunications industry,” Maharaj said.
He added that if any fraud is suspected, the operator will first suspend the SIM and then do a full investigation.
To make this work, 8ta had to ensure that its billing system can detect fraud, Maharaj said.
He explained that the company believes it has leap-frogged its competitors by implementing a real-time billing system from the beginning. This lets the operator detect fraud in real-time.