MTN has reduced its out of bundle (OOB) data rate by up to 75% for prepaid customers.
Prepaid customers currently not making use of data bundles will pay just 29c per megabyte for their data usage, while customers that do purchase data bundles will pay 49c per megabyte for their OOB data usage, it said.
New customers that have just activated their SIM cards, customers that have ported to MTN, along with active MTN subscribers that have migrated from contract or hybrid packages to prepaid, will all be allocated the 29c rate.
This rate will only change once they start making use of data bundles, MTN said.
Due to the size of the MTN subscriber base, the solution will be rolled out to all pre-paid customers over a seven day period, starting at midnight tonight (31 January).
“We have consistently been reducing the cost to communicate in recent years, but we want to do more for our customers and by tackling the issue of OOB pricing, we know we are addressing a real pain point for the millions of South Africans that support MTN,” said MTN SA CEO, Godfrey Motsa.
Motsa said the imminent release of much-needed spectrum was an important milestone in South Africa’s telecommunications history and is a reason for optimism.
“We are greatly encouraged by the steps being taken by both government and our regulator, to progress the release of spectrum.
“More spectrum will be an important contributor to helping further drive down the cost to communicate and by slashing our OOB pricing, MTN is showing our commitment to our customers and to the future of this industry,” Motsa said.
In addition to the reduced OOB pricing, MTN announced that it will be doubling selected prepaid customer’s voice and data bundles for the whole of February and March.
The MTN Double Your Bundle promotion rewards prepaid customers with 100% free value when they purchase selected voice and data bundles by dialling *142#, it said.
When customers dial *142#, and select either Double Data or Double Voice, they will be presented with 3 offers. When a customer chooses an offer, e.g. 500MB bundle, they will receive an additional 500MB bundle.
The bundles are available in daily, weekly and monthly options.
The *142# service provides discounted offers that are individually tailored for each customer. The Double Your Bundle deal is a further promotion, on top of those discounts already being offered by *142#.
“The MTN Double Your Bundle promotion gives our customers the ability to stay connected longer and for less,” says Mapula Bodibe, Executive for MTN SA’s Consumer Business.
To qualify, customers need to recharge with airtime and buy either data bundles or voice bundles by dialling *142#. They can either opt for option 1 for Double Voice, or option 2 for Double Data purchases. The promotion is only available on *142#.
Both MTN’s new OOB pricing and its Double Your Bundle promotion will activate at midnight on 31 January 2019.