Zain Kenya has today lowered its calling charges across all networks by a whooping 50% – becoming the first mobile phone company in the country to pass to customers the benefit of the new low interconnect charges released by the Communication Commission of Kenya. The mobile phone company has lowered its callings charges to Kshs. 3 across all networks in Kenya for both its prepaid and postpaid customers in a move that abolishes completely the distinction between intra-network and cross-network calls costs.
SMS costs have also been lowered to Ksh. 1 across all networks in Kenya. In what is arguably the best value proposition ever launched in the Kenya telecommunications industry, Zain said the drastic reduction in calling charges would benefit its customers and those on other networks who are paying extremely high prices for making phone calls. With the lowering of the connectivity charges to a new low, Kenyans will now be in a position to switch mobile service providers while retaining their current numbers once the number portability directive comes into force.
Zain Kenya Managing Director Rene Meza said the drastic rate reduction is not a promotion and all customers will automatically benefit from the new calling rate. The new tariff is not an offer but a permanent value proposition to make mobile services extremely affordable to all Kenyans.It is also a direct response to calls by the Government to mobile phone companies to reduce their inter-connectivity rates,.
He said Zain will continue offering affordable products and services to all Kenyans, supported by a superior quality network and countrywide coverage. The new tariff offers all Kenyans the most affordable rate in the market. CCK has lately stepped up pressure on the country’s mobile operators to lower their inter-connectivity charges saying the prevailing rates were too high.