Vodacom has launched its Yebo4Less service, promising subscribers up to 99% off Vodacom-to-Vodacom calls, and up to 65% off calls to other networks.
The Yebo4Less service is free to all Vodacom prepaid subscribers and the discounts are applicable to voice and 3G video calls. The discounts however exclude premium rated calls, data calls and other data services like SMS and MMS.
“The Yebo4Less tariff plan is based on per second billing. It allows customers to get up to 99% discount off calls to other Vodacom numbers at any time and up to 65% discount off calls to other networks,” said Vodacom’s Dot Field.
“Further more a guaranteed minimum of 50% discount off calls made during off-peak times to all numbers, will apply.”
The Yebo4Less service has a base voice call rate of 4c/second (or R 2.60 per minute) for Vodacom-to-Vodacom (on-net) calls and R 2.89 for calls to other networks (off-net). These rates apply to standard voice calls and 3G video calls.
The new Yebo4less service follows the launch of a similar offering from MTN – called MTN Zone – around 3 months ago. MTN Zone offers prepaid subscribers up to 95% off on-net MTN call rates, but does not offer any discounts on calls to other networks.
MTN Zone has a base call rate of R 2.50 per minute for all on-net calls while off-net calls to Telkom and other networks range between R 2.89 during peak times to R 1.19 during off-peak times.
Both Yebo4less and MTN Zone aims to encourage users to make more calls during times where network load is at its lowest through offering large discounts during these times. The base call rate and variable discounts also makes it easier for network operators to change user call patterns dynamically.
|3G Video On-Net||2.60||3.00|
|3G Video Off-Net||2.89||3.00|
|Maximum On-Net discount||99%||95%|
|Maximum Off-Net discount||65%||None|
|Guaranteed Off-peak discount||50%||None|