Telecel has introduced for the corporate sector new subscription products on the new Telecel Business platform which allow businesses usage worth up to five times the cost of the subscription.
Effectively this means that businesses that sign up for Telecel Business should be able to cut their phone bills by up to 80 percent.
For a fixed monthly subscription of either $15, $30, $60 or $150, Telecel Business customers are entitled to a certain number of minutes each month for conversations with members of a closed user group of Telecel users determined by the organisation itself, conversations with other Telecel customers and calls to any local number, as well as a certain amount of data and text messages.
The number of minutes call time allowed per month for each category of calls, namely calls to the closed group, to other numbers on the Telecel network and calls to other networks, varies according to the category and the value of the package, as do the amount of data and free text messages.
With the $150 package there is also an allowance of 100 minutes for outgoing international calls.
The four Telecel Business packages have been given names that reflect the value of the monthly subscription before the addition of Value Added Tax.
There is Telecel Business 15, Telecel Business 30, Telecel Business 60 and Telecel Business 150.
For a monthly subscription of $15, the Business 15 corporate customer is allowed each month 450 minutes of closed user group (CUG) talk time, 60 minutes of on-net calls, which means calls to other Telecel numbers, and 30 minutes of off-net calls, as well as 15MB of free data and 15 local text messages.
Business 30, which costs $30, gives customers up to 900 minutes of talk time on CUG calls, 180 minutes for on-net calls, and 60 minutes for off-net calls, as well as 100MB of free data and 100 local text messages.
The Business 60 plan, which costs $60, gives the user 1800 minutes talk time on CUG, 480 minutes for on-net calls, 180 minutes for off-net calls, 200MB of free data and 200 local text messages. In addition, Business 60 comes with 30 minutes for international call.
The Business 150 plan, which costs $150, gives the user 3000 minutes on CUG, 1000 minutes for on-net calls, 1 000 minutes for off-net calls, 1 000MB of free data and 1000 local text messages. In addition it gives the user 100 minutes for international outgoing phone calls.
The CUG feature allows the user to call designated Telecel numbers within the organisation’s specified number directory free of charge. The organisation specifies the numbers to be part of its closed user group, which then become virtually free extensions.
Telecel Business is a suite of tariff packages that offer businesses value for money, convenience, flexibility and customised service, according to Telecel marketing director Octivius Kahiya.
“This platform is a logical follow-through on the launch of our ground-breaking Telecel Red which recently won the Exceptional Product of the Year (2013) award with Marketing Association of Zimbabwe. Telecel Red catered mainly for the individual and now we have come to market with an offering for the corporate sector. The packages are premised on the fact that you must communicate with your most frequent contacts at a very affordable price and that you must be rewarded for creating the frequent traffic with these contacts,” he said.
“Continuous communication with customers, suppliers and other business partners is important for growth in any business. At Telecel we understand that. We also understand the need for such communications to be conducted in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
“That is why we have introduced these packages, primarily for the benefit of businesses of all sizes,” he said.
“The different plans provide choice and flexibility in line with one’s business usage and specific communication needs,” Mr Kahiya added.
The contract period for any of the Telecel Business plans is a minimum of 12 months.
There are two billing options for each of the Telecel Business plans. There is a post-paid option and a flexible option.
The line can be configured as a pure post-paid line where bills are payable at the end of each billing month. It can also be configured for the flexi plan where, when the user reaches the permitted usage limit for the month, the line can continue to be used for the rest of the month as a pre-paid line, where airtime is loaded in the normal way.
Unlimited usage in all of the Telecel Business packages is subject to fair usage policy. This means if usage is excessively more than could be expected of an average person, the usage may be restricted.