Safaricom’s “Rudi” (Return) Offer: The Empire Strikes Back!
Tsk Tsk. It had to happen. It was only a matter of time. The empire had to strike back! Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile network has just launched an offer that rewards its customers with incrementally lower calling and sms rates for larger airtime top-ups. This is an obvious counter-move to Orange Kenya and Zain Kenya who recently announced highly competitive tariffs and offers to win more subscribers for their mobile networks. The latest Safaricom offer has already earned a nickname – “Rudi”, which means “return” in kiswahili. The nickname is interesting in that it is the opposite of Zain Kenya’s “Vuka” tariff which means “to cross” or “move away” in Kiswahili.
I do not have the official word on the new Safaricom offer and it has’nt event come out in the media yet so the authenticity of the following information obtained from a posting on the Skunkworks Kenya mailing list needs to be verified. Whatever the case, once again, its the Kenyan consumer who is winning! Let the tariff wars continue! —
Safaricom is pleased to introduce Jibambie- Choose your Call Rate promotion. The promotion will run for 8 weeks starting from 16th October,2008 to 14th December, 2008. Pre Pay subscribers will therefore enjoy discounted call rates and SMS rates based on the value of their top-up.
To enjoy the promotion and choose the discounted Call Rates of choice, Pre Pay subscribers will receive discounted call rates based on the value of their top-up as per the table below. Special Jibambie Vouchers will be used therefore the old vouchers will not qualify.
|Top up Value (Kshs)||On- net Voice Call Rate (per Second)||On- net SMS|
|1000 and above|
Note: Calls to local networks will cost Kshs 15/-, SMS to other local networks will cost Kshs 5/- SMS to international networks will cost Ksh 10/-
Summary of Business Rules
1.Â Â Â Â Â Â The promotion is only available on Pre Pay and excludes the following Pre Pay tariffs â€“ M-PESA Prepaid andÂ Simu Ya Jamii
2.Â Â Â Â Â Â The promotion will give subscribers discounted on-net call rates based on the value of their top-up
3.Â Â Â Â Â Â The participating airtime denominations include Bamba 20,Bamba 50,Bamba 100, 250,500 & 1000 and all Electronic Voucher Distribution (EVD) PIN-based denominations including 20,50,100,250,400,500,800,1000,1200,2500, 5000 & 10,000.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Standard Chartered Electronic vouchers,i.e. 400,800 & 1200 will enjoy discounted call rates the same as 250,500 & 1000 respectively
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â EVD voucher for 2500,5000 & 10,000 will enjoy the same discounted call rates as Ksh 1000/- top-up
4.Â Â Â Â Â Â The discounted call rates will be communicated on the card face and also subscribers will be notified via top-up response messages of the discounted call rate they are enjoying. (Plus Tariff Rate)
5.Â Â Â Â Â Â The discounted call rates will be determined by the last qualifying top-up e.g. if one had topped up with a voucher of 250/- and was calling at 5/- per minute, if they top up again with a Bamba 100Â they will no longer be charged 5/- but 6/- for on-net calls.
6.Â Â Â Â Â Â Any airtime balance at the time of a qualifying top-up will enjoy the discounted call rates e.g. if a subscriber had 50/- remaining in his account and he tops up with 20/- he will have a cumulative balance of 70/- but will enjoy discounted rates of 8/- per on-net call as the 20/- is the valid promotion top up.
7.Â Â Â Â Â Â The discounted call rates will apply throughout the day for the entire duration of the call.
8.Â Â Â Â Â Â Bonga Points accumulation will apply as per existing terms and conditions.
9.Â Â Â Â Â Â PIN-based third party top-ups are included and the discounted call rates will accrue to the MSISDN receiving the top-up and not the one originating.
10.Â Â Â Sambaza, M-PESA,Ongea24/7,PayM8 and other PINless top-ups will NOT qualify for the discounted call rates. E.g. if a customer topped up with a card of 20/- they will make discounted calls at 8/- per minute. Should someone Sambaza 80/- to them,their discounted call rate will not change as they will still make calls at 8/- per minute despite their new balance being 100/-
11.Â Â Â During the balance enquiry via SMS/USSD the information displayed will indicate the Plus Tariff name as follows:
a)Â Â Â Â Plus 20
b)Â Â Â Â Plus 50
c)Â Â Â Â Â Plus 100
d)Â Â Â Â Plus 250
e)Â Â Â Â Plus 500
f)Â Â Â Â Â Plus 1000
Those who do not qualify for the Jibambie Promotion due to the method of top up (e.g. Old vouchers or PINless top ups) can continue to enjoy the Good Morning/Evening promotion. However once they top up they will be moved onto the Plus tariffs based on their top up value.