|WorldSIM offers cheaper roaming|
Monday, 14 December 2009 02:00
Local telecoms reseller Nashua Mobile is now stocking international SIMs that allow for cheaper mobile roaming.
The product is similar to Telkom`s well-established World Call product, which allows callers across the world to make cheaper calls off international public landlines.
Tim Walter, GM for product and marketing at Nashua Mobile, says the company sees great potential in the new mobile roaming product. It is currently stocking the product for locals in three of its branches – Sandton City in Johannesburg, Canal Walk in Cape Town, and Brooklyn Design Quarter. Walter says it will be available in all applicable outlets by February next year, in anticipation of an influx of international tourists.
The international SIM will provide users with a UK number (+44) and will cost South Africans R450 to buy the SIM and activate the account. It can be used in more than 150 countries globally.
While some destinations charge to receive calls, South Africa is among 60 countries where receiving calls are free. Australia and the UK, two top international travel destinations for South Africans, also have no charge to receive calls.
Calls to SA will cost from about R3.40, depending on which zone the caller is in. It will also cost customers $1 per month to keep the SIM active.
The new international SIM card is not being subjected to the rigours of the newly implemented cellphone law, which requires all mobile operators to register customers on their networks.
The Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act (RICA), which was implemented midway through this year, has proved to be trying for the mobile operators.
However, Nashua says because it`s an international product, it will not be put through the same paces. “It is an international SIM, and no international operators are subject to the law. Also, international visitors to South Africa for 2010 will not be subject to the registration.”
Despite slowly dropping roaming rates by all operators, Walter believes the new product will still add value to local customers and incoming soccer fans next year. “The card will provide savings to those travelling abroad,” he adds.
The card can be managed on the Web site portal and also comes with a degree of unified messaging. “The number can be redirected to your everyday number in SA for a fee, or you can be alerted that someone is trying to contact you on your WorldSIM number,” Walter notes.
For more information on the product, Nashua says customers can visit the WorldSim Web site, or its own company site.
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