On monday at about 2pm kenyan time, the corporate communications director of Celtel Kenya Mr. Okwiri while admiting that Celtel had been associated with the up market clientle; decided to reduce it call charges within the network (not across networks) to three bob. Not that bad considering that Safaricom’s cheapest rate is still at 8 bob.

Is Safaricom likely to reduce their rates? Well I predict sooner than they would hope. There are two initial reasons why. One – is Telkom Wireless which will soon if the owners think otherwise change its name to Orange. Now if what happen to ODM is any thing to go by then expect a huge rush to this network. Actually if I were the head of marketing than by all means this will be selling candy to children. Or may be I should apply for this position since I have a clue on the peculiar calling habits of kenyans.
Then there is Econect which seems to have a tire-up with SR of india. Now if I were in parkside or safaricom then I should begin to do a bit of math and not expect the colossal profit that can fund Kigali’s budget.

Just to cut this verbal diarrhoea come the end of the year kenyans should expect to pay about 2 bob for any calls made on mobile phones. How sure am I? Very sure

Of course there are certain things that the new network providers may not introduce since Kenyans are quite frugal when it comes to buying phones and devices. (this remind me of a lady who used to put a new device in water to check on its durability. you ofcourse know how many phones she had to go through – she may still be looking for it). Pay as you go may work out or not; but you could always SMS Michael Joseph of Safaricom and ask him if he had predicted 7 million customers.

Well kenyans just you wait…. prices will definately come down way down and even that free weekend call plan that other networks have in the west will be here or hear can you hear me.

Just make sure that your battery life is good and the phone is tip top. Yoour certainly won’t like it when the phone goes dead while you were getting instructions on how to change the baby’s nappy.

… and did I mention about the fibre optical cable….


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