Smartphone shake-up in SA from Neotel

Neotel has launched the HTC Desire VC on its network, an Android smartphone that runs on both its CDMA network and has space for a SIM from a GSM mobile operator.

Billing the offer as a “mobile smart landline”, Neotel was very careful about the semantics of the offering.

This is likely due to the fact that as a fixed wireless operator Neotel can take advantage of far lower termination rates than mobile operators like Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and 8ta.

Neotel highlights this as one of the value propositions of their service, saying that NeoSmart “leverages both Neotel’s cost effective landline rates and newly launched FreeCallZone”.

FreeCallZone lets subscribers set up a “FreeTalkZone” for a fixed monthly fee (R49) that allows Neotel users in that zone call each other for free.

HTC Desire VC press shot
HTC Desire VC

The HTC Desire VC is available on a 24 month contract from Neotel on the following packages:

NeoSmart packages Neotel minutes Data SMSes Price
NeoSmart 299 100 1GB 100 R399
NeoSmart 399 200 2GB 200 R499
NeoSmart 499 300 3GB 300 R599

Neotel’s call, data, and SMS rates are as follows:

Neotel to Telkom
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
Local – peak R0.34 R0.34
Local – off-peak R0.17 R0.17
Regional – peak R0.42 R0.46
Regional – off-peak R0.29 R0.29
National – peak R0.46 R0.51
National – off peak R0.33 R0.33
Neotel to mobile network operator (MNO)
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
MNO – peak R0.97 R1.08 (Vodacom, MTN)
MNO – off-peak R0.90 R0.97 (Vodacom, MTN)
Cell C/8ta – peak N/A R1.37
Cell C/8ta – off-peak N/A R1.09
Neotel to Neotel
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
Local – Neotel R0.17 R0.17
Regional – Neotel R0.23 R0.34
National – Neotel R0.29 R0.43
SMS off net R0.20 R0.20
SMS on net R0.20 R0.20
SMS international R1.50 R1.50
Data in-bundle (per MB) R0.06 N/A
Data out-of-bundle (per MB) R0.08 R0.20
All Neotel to Neotel off-peak free calls from 18:00 to 07:00 weekdays, all day on weekends and public holidays
Calls to China, India, USU, Canaa, Hong Kong, and Singapore on prepaid are R0.25 per minute; and R1.00 per 10 minutes on postpaid (billed in the first minute)

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