In what seems to be a first in South Africa, local ICT company Wozacom is offering local consumers a flat rated calling service at R 999 per month. This, according to Wozacom, allows subscribers to make unlimited calls to any phone worldwide at a flat-rated monthly fee.
To use the Wozacom service users will need a SIP phone and SIP number, supplied by Wozacom, and an ADSL or iBurst connection. The company promises excellent voice clarity and availability. “You can put your trust in our service along with a growing subscriber base of over ten thousand existing subscribers,” said Wozacom CEO Pierre du Randt.
Wozacom is mainly uses Vox Telecom for their voice traffic – the same system which is used for the Vox ADSL Phone and Vox Telepreneur service. Du Randt said that it is essentially a VoIP SIP system, but that consumers can expect similar service levels to traditional voice offerings and they can call all numbers, including Telkom and the cellular operators.
Du Randt says that the service is aimed at residential and small business owners who typically have a monthly voice bill of over R 1 000 per month. Despite the high charges associated with voice calls in South Africa Du Randt is confident that this service is built on a sustainable business model.
“The flat rate is achieved by selling lots of these deals and finding arbitrage in under usage. It’s a similar model to “eat as much as you like night” at Pizza Hut, so we will win on some and lose on others,” said Du Randt. “I would report this as the best deal in SA to date!”