S. Africa's Vodacom cuts international roaming costs

S. Africa's Vodacom cuts international roaming costs

South African mobile communications company Vodacom has reduced out-of-bundle roaming data speeds on partner networks around the world by up to 88%.

Average change rates will now range between 49 cents and R5.00 when traveling to over 156 countries through 656 partner networks.

As the vaccination rollout continues, with 24,4% fully vaccinated South Africans at the end of November, Vodacom hopes that customers will once again get to enjoy leisure travel soon.

“We are on a mission to give value to our customers at every touchpoint of our business. We have slashed our data roaming prices by up to 88%, another way we strive to fulfill our mission. As a customer-led organisation, we want to ensure that South Africans enjoy the holiday travels worry-free,” says Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Consumer Business at Vodacom SA.

"With our discounted rates, Vodacom customers can now securely and conveniently access their mobile banking application, connect with loved ones, and share their travel moments as and when they happen, and much more, without worrying about roaming charges," Jorge added.

Vodacom customers who will be visiting neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, and Botswana can now confidently keep their SA mobile numbers connected for only R0.49c/Megabyte (MB), a rate that is equivalent to the current out-of-bundle rate that Vodacom customers pay in South Africa, it said.

“We are constantly evaluating opportunities that give real value, in living our purpose of connecting everyone for a better future. This is in line with our further together tagline, where the emphasis is on connecting everyone to the digital economy,” Jorge said.

With effect from 1 December 2021 until 28 of February 2022, all postpaid customers can enjoy promotional offers of R85 for a 1GB data bundle or R299 for a 5GB data bundle both valid for 30 days, and voice calls for as little as R2.50 per minute when roaming in 80 countries. The 1GB promotional offer compares to the local SA data rate, it said.

Incidentally, it was just a week after rival MTN said it would cut international roaming charges for accessing data services abroad, Vodacom has followed suit.

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