New Orange Kenya, YU and Zain Kenya Offers.
The last couple of weeks have been nothing short of hectic! Therefore, my blog has been somewhat silent! In that time, I have been trying balance lots of work whilst catching up on all the news and events. Therefore, this posting is something of a “summary” of the interesting bits and pieces I have picked up in Kenya’s Internet and Telecoms areas. Its surprising just how much is happening in such a short span of time – things are really on a tear! Here is what I have managed to pick out, thus far:
- Orange Kenya this week has launched its “Internet Everywhere” offering. The service is being marketed as “fast, easy, plug and play internet access”. The interesting aspects of this service include affordable tariffs of as low as Kes. 1.00 per megabyte and modem prices of only Kes. 4,400.00. In addition to the Internet Everywhere service, Orange Kenya has also massively reduced its pricing for the iPhone 3G to Kes. 19,999.00 which its licensed to market in Kenya. The iPhone 3G offer also includes 9 hours of talk time across all national networks, 300 SMS’s plus 300 megabytes of data all free, every month.
- YU, Kenya’s fourth mobile network has introduced what can only be described as the most inexpensive SMS offer in Kenya. In fact, its not even inexpensive, its FREE! As of this past week, YU has launched free SMS services on its network for YU to YU messages, all day and all night. The free SMS model is a first in Kenya and its bound to drive increased uptake of YU’s services which currently have the smallest subscriber base in Kenya.
- Zain Kenya, obviously in response to Safaricom’s massive 3G internet push, has launched its own special bundle. The main difference is that the Zain offer has unlimited monthly internet access as well as a free USB modem for only Kes. 3,999.00 per month. However, the caveat is that a deposit of Kes. 10,000.00 is required upfront as well as personal paperwork.