Safaricom has slached down its roaming rates in 21 countries located in North and Central Africa, Europe and New Zealand following successful negotiations with its global network of partners and regional governments.
Safaricom also says it has reduced calling rates for subscribers travelling to Rwanda and the United Arab Emirates for calls made to Kenya.
“We always place the needs of our customers at the forefront of our business. We have aggressively lobbied countries and our partners to ensure our subscribers can enjoy the same reliable communication services they have come to know in Kenya when they travel at significantly reduced rates,” said Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom.
The slash follows a deal recently signed with Vodafone affiliates allowing susbcribers to access up to 10 minutes of voice services, 10 SMS, and 10MBs of data in 21 countries for just Sh200.
The deal is available in Albania, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, New Zealand, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Lesotho, and Mozambique among other countries.
In practice, the development means that a subscriber who travels to Egypt will now pay just Sh200 for ten minutes of conversation, down from the previous charges of over Sh900.
For subscribers who are travelling to the United Arab Emirates and roaming on Etisalat, calling rates have come down by 85%, while data customers will now pay Sh100 per MB, down from the Sh1,020 that was charged previously.
Just recently, Safaricom announced it had reduced the roaming charges in Rwanda by up to 60%. The company is also pursuing targeted agreements with other countries in the East African bloc such as Uganda and Tanzania.
In order to enhance awareness of the new rates, Safaricom created a free tool that advises subscribers on roaming rates.
To access information on roaming, customers can simply dial *200# (for PostPay) or *100# (for PrePay), select “Products & Services” from the menu, “Safaricom Roaming”, select “Roaming Tariffs and Tips” and then enter the Country Name to get details on Roaming Tariffs, available Roaming Services, Preferential Networks and Roaming Tips.