8ta has announced a new prepaid data special that offers subscribers 2GB of anytime data and 1GB “midnight surfer” data for R149. ‘Midnight surfer’ data can be used between 00:00 and 05:00.
The data will ‘roll over’ for up to 60 days (the end of the next month), and out of bundle costs will be R1 per MB.
Vishal Phlad, executive for products and services at 8ta, explained that the bundle will require no up-front payments, no credit checks, and no commitments. Phlad added that users can also buy as many bundles as they want in a month.
The promotion will also be marketed as a “Go Big” special, and will be only be available on the 8ta network (no MTN roaming).
Caroline Macharia, portfolio manager for data, explained that the promotion operates on a totally different prepaid rate plan, which means that a SIM provisioned for the special won’t be able to make use of 8ta’s roaming agreement with MTN.
“This means that if you’re an existing 8ta customer that uses voice services extensively you should get a second SIM if you wish to make use of the promotion,” said Phlad.
Existing customers that want to switch their SIMs over onto the “Go Big” plan need to call 8ta or go into a store to have their SIM provisioned for the promotion. Once the SIM is properly activated users can buy bundles using 8ta’s *180# USSD code.
8ta plans to launch their new 2GB anytime data promotion on Sunday 21 August 2011, and will only be available for a limited period.