Vodacom said in press statement today (18 May 2012) that their recently announced 99c per minute prepaid rate is not a new tariff, but rather a new promotion.
“In a press release dated 16 May, we mistakenly referred to the Freedom 99 promotion as a new tariff. The correct wording should have referred to this as a promotion based on the All Day Per Minute price plan. We apologise for this mistake,” Vodacom said in a press statement.
It is understood that this clarification came after the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) was unhappy that Vodacom announced lower prepaid rates without filing these rates with the regulator first.
Unlike new tariffs, promotions do not have to be filed with the regulator for approval, which gives telecoms operators the ability to drop their prices without asking for permission from ICASA first.
Vodacom has hence dropped the Freedom 99 name, but consumers will still benefit from a new 99c per minute prepaid price from Vodacom as part of an All Day Per Minute prepaid promotion.
Vodacom is set to launch their 99c per minute prepaid promotion on Sunday 20 May.