Before I attract the ire of some tech pundits, Whatsapp is cheap, in fact way too cheaper plus it has Multi Media Capabilities, but what do you do when faced with little airtime and urgently need to communicate with someone at a very cost effective method.
Not every else is on Whatsapp, this is a known fact in Zimbabwe. Affordable communication on the go has become of paramount importance and Telecel has just released something to cushion subscribers with.
Instead of getting only 2 text messages at the current charges of 9 cents per SMS from 20 cents, Telecel is giving a whopping 25 SMSs from 20cents converted to bundles.
Telecel Zimbabwe has introduced a new promotion that will allow pre-paid subscribers to purchase short message service (SMS) bundles that cut the cost of sending local text messages considerably.
There are three bundles to choose from. A bundle of 25 text messages, which is valid for one day, costs 20 cents. A one dollar bundle allows the subscriber to send 250 SMSs over a period of seven days.
The three dollar bundle enables the subscriber to send 400 SMSs over a period of 30 days.
The bigger the bundle purchased, the lower the cost per SMS. The promotion will run until December 31.
“For those who enjoy sending text messages, the savings realised from purchasing any of the Telecel SMS bundles are significant,” Telecel marketing director Octivius Kahiya said.
“For instance 20 cents would, at the normal standard rate of nine cents per text message, only allow one to send two SMSs. However a 20 cents SMS bundle would allow one to send 25 text messages.
“A dollar would, at the standard rate, be enough for 11 text messages. A one dollar SMS bundle would allow one to send 250 text messages,” he said.
The biggest saving is with the three dollar bundle. The standard rate would allow 33 text messages to be sent for three dollars. The three dollar SMS bundle allows 400 messages to be sent. It is valid for 30 days.
To purchase an SMS bundle subscribers dial *404#. This will open the SMS bundles menu from where the subscriber can select the bundle to be purchased. The cost of the bundle is deducted from the subscriber’s airtime balance. Only one bundle can be purchased at a time.
The SMSs purchased within a bundle are for both on-net and off-net use. This means subscribers will be able to send bundle messages to any mobile phone number in Zimbabwe. International SMSs will be charged at normal peak and off- peak rates.
Mr Kahiya explained that the introduction of the SMS bundles promotion was the first of a number of promotions intended to give subscribers added value for money during the forthcoming festive season.
“The SMS bundles promotion is one of various festive promotions that subscribers will be able to enjoy during the holiday season.
“The rise of smartphones has increased the effectiveness of text messaging by creating a more streamlined path from the message to the online environment,” Mr Kahiya said, adding that, despite new forms of messaging, the SMS remained a relevant and useful means of communication.