Today (23 February 2012), Nashua Mobile sent out an invitation to a press event which hints at the launch of flat-rated data packages for Nokia smartphones.
The invitation shows the graphic of a newspaper with the headline: “Extra! Extra! Changes coming!!” followed by the text, “South Africa’s mobile market gets smarter!”
It then goes on to state the following:
The trend of fixed price data is becoming ubiquitous in South Africa’s mobile market, and Nashua Mobile – working closely with Nokia – invites you to join us when we unveil something that marks a significant change in the country’s mobile landscape. All will be revealed at a press breakfast on Wednesday, 7 March 2012.
Though the invitation isn’t clear about whether Nashua Mobile will only be targeting smartphones, and doesn’t reveal any details or explicitly state that it aims to launch flat-rated data packages, the hints are certainly there.
It should be noted that Nashua Mobile could be planning on launching any of a range of services. This includes services that may not necessarily be new, such as MTN’s Nokia smartphone package, or even bundling Nokia devices with MTN’s existing uncapped data offerings.
Vice-President of Nokia South and East Africa, Gerard Brandjes, told MyBroadband that they are looking at, and are in discussions with various stakeholders about offering data packages for Nokia devices that can compete with BlackBerry Internet Service in SA.
Brandjes would not reveal more than that, but did say that such packages can take various forms, so long as it is very clear what is included in the flat-rated portion and what is not.