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Orange Kenya launches per minute wireless Internet.

In what is fast becoming a glut of Home and/or SME internet access solutions in Kenya, Orange Kenya has launched a low cost CDMA-based service. The service requires the purchase of a Kes. 3,500.00 USB modem and charges only Kes. 1.00 per minute between the hours of 7.00 pm to 7.00 am and Kes. 2.00 from 7.00 am to 7 pm.

The new service can also be accessed via an Orange Fixed Plus prepaid connection handset if you have one already or opt to purchase one instead of the modem.  This dial-up service should NOT be confused with Orange Broadband which offers significantly faster speeds and charges for unlimited monthly access based on different bandwidth packages (the least expensive starting at a hefty Kes. 6,000.00 per month for the Plus service).

The full package for the new Orange Kenya Wireless Internet Service comes with the following:

  • 1 USB modem (Windows 2000 and XP compatible)
  • Free data enabled RUIM card
  • Free Orange Fixed Plus entry pack with Kes. 50 bonus airtime on activation
  • No connection fee
  • Coverage with Orange Fixed Plus

The package can be acquired from all Orange Customer Experience Centres and Orange Dealer shops. More information can be obtained by calling 100 from any phone connected to the Orange Kenya or Telkom Kenya networks or 020 222 1000 from other telecom networks operating in Kenya.

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12 Comments

  1. February 14, 2009 at 8:27 am — Reply

    Thanks for sharing, Moses. This is nothing new really, this is just the old Telkom Wireless package, and they have brought the per minute price down. You can get a CDMA phone for less than the price of the USB modem. The connection is slow (2.5G), especially during the day, but quite reliable, even in remote areas.

  2. Soulstar
    February 16, 2009 at 2:49 am — Reply

    Wait, there’s something about kenya internet scene. I’m in campus and honestly, 1 bob a minute is just too expensive for a comrade, especially at the speeds given. Butterfly portal looks kinda promising but has its shortcomings too, anyway, I think internet is still too expensive in Kenya, even if Safaricom was to lower charges to 1 bob per mb, to download a 4 gb movie, that would cost me 4000 bob!, and orange, with its 1 bob a minute offer, and download speeds approaching zero, it would take me a week or more to download, and that would come to 24*60*7 ! Wow. Can’t someone just give a fixed package for 2k or lower per month.

  3. Barface
    February 28, 2009 at 2:26 am — Reply

    Now were is the Zain offer Just have to wait for the launch of the fibre optic and Wala..!!!! Its goin to be cheaper that we anticipate!! With all this fight for subscribers by the mobile providers. Nway Orange have a good offer on there Gsm Network @ 2000MB for 2K Compared to safcom: 1GB(1024MB) For 2500 but the catch: They are not widely covered and at times there network has issues, but lets wait for the fibre and the stiff competition and we’ll all be smiling!!!!!

  4. Mohammed Ali
    March 8, 2009 at 6:14 am — Reply

    I am traveling to Nairobi & while I am Nairobi, I would like to get internet service either dialup or DSL. Whereas I will get telephone in Hotel or relative homes, so I want to know monthly price including connection fee if you charge connection.

  5. festus
    March 18, 2009 at 5:47 am — Reply

    Whereas buying in bulk tends to be cheaper, a package of 300mb on safcom modem will take you along way. Unless you are bound to download lots of stuff. but am not a marketing agent for safcom.
    I find safcoms deal rather fit for one in network always s that you can enjoy and exhaust the package before it expires in a month! I wish safcom would increase expiry period to two months, ot at least introduce a smaller package for those who work in remote areas but have network only briefly. In short, i dont even consume the 300mb worth 1k, it always expires, since i use it for just a few days in amonth, typically on weekend.

  6. migwi bonny
    July 17, 2009 at 9:00 am — Reply

    hey we are ever mourning in kenya over low bandwidth and high internet charges.new products are ever being introduced but no relieve on charges.am currently having the CDMA 1X modem from orange but it can’t work coz i dont know the password.it keeps on terminating the PPP.wat is the default password and username?

  7. martin
    August 18, 2009 at 1:45 am — Reply

    i bought a modem for Telkom wireless CDMA 1X which is not working im so desappointed by the telkom service,i would rather have bought a Safaricom modem.
    the techincal team seem not to be aware of it is there anyone who can assist.

    • Vitz
      December 20, 2010 at 8:06 am — Reply

      Did these guys help you? They are at it taking me round in the name of guys who can help me have been out of office!

  8. toure
    February 8, 2010 at 7:29 am — Reply

    kenya tuko na shida kubwa.we are seriously exploited by these companies,and that is because the government jus doesnt support its ppl by ensuring companies do not exploit wananchi.I mean what on earth is 6000 bob a month for broadband.that is madness.in england for example,most companies charge in range of £20-30 (Kshs 2400-3600)a month for a package of free calls, wireless internet and tele.for net alone on broadband,cost would be bout £15(roughly Kshs 2000)a month.I fnd it ever so strange that these companies should b taking from the poor whatever little they have,when they wouldnt dare charge these hefty prices in western countries.It boils down to government-a government that allows foreign companies (jus because ni wazungu) and literally bows down to them-not doing what it should in terms of checking and monitoring for the sake of its wananchi

  9. chriss
    July 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm — Reply

    the problem with the CDMA 1X that is being offered is that is that there is not network setup parameters for the region we are in (kenya/nairobi). the kit comes with these parameters: phone number #777 username CARD and password:card these are default parameters that come w the manufactured product or rather they represent regions of the usa or canada… something like that! so before these telcomkenya ppl put this on sale they should fix this problem instead of just lying to ppl!

  10. Vitz
    December 20, 2010 at 7:56 am — Reply

    This modem has caused me hell, i cant activate it for the last one week nor can they orange guys hep me get it activated. Could someone be having help for me?

  11. samuel
    March 24, 2012 at 8:43 pm — Reply

    Hey can you please tell me if its possible to get wirless internet brondband not the one with the stick. Something that can connect many laptops at the same time.

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