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Basking from the euphoria of over taking Airtel Nigeria in subscriber base according to NCC latest statistics, Second National Operator Globacom at the weekend gave its subscribers the opportunity of paying only 25 kobo per second for calls made to any network in Nigeria.
The unique selling point of this new introduction is that it is without any rental payments, hidden charges, or conditions.
Globacom said it made the 25 kobo per second charge a flat rate which applies for all local calls irrespective of which network is being called or time of day or which part of the country the call is originating from.
The new package also allows subscribers to call one Special Number at only 2 kobo per second. Interestingly, no daily or monthly rental is charged to enjoy the very cheap rate. The subscriber, however, has an option of registering 5 Glo numbers which he can call at 18 kobo per second. Again, registration is free and there is no rental charge.
In addition, Glo is also offering up to 20% bonus on recharges made by subscribers. N500 recharge attracts a 10% bonus credit, while N1000 recharge will give the customer 15% bonus air time. On the other hand, N5,000 recharge gives a 20% bonus credit to the customer.
Glo is also offering free night calls from 12 midnight to 5 a.m. Subscribers are expected to have used up to N200 air time in the previous week to qualify to make free night calls for the next 7 days.
Group Chief Operating Officer of Globacom, Mohamed Jameel, announced the offers at a press conference, Thursday in Lagos. He said the new tariff package was designed to offer subscribers real value for their money by ensuring that what they see is what they get, without any hidden charges or conditions that are often the subject of fine print and thereby positioning Glo as best value provider in the market.
According to him, “we are offering a new tariff plan that gives the customer maximum value. You are charged 25 kobo right from the first second to the last second. Competing tariffs either charge monthly daily rentals or charge higher for the first 60 seconds and drop the rates for subsequent seconds. When you do the calculations properly and add the rental payment or consider the charge for the first 60 seconds, you will realize such tariffs are indeed not as attractive as they are made to look.
“But with the new Glo offer, the subscriber gets a truthful and easy_to_understand payment plan. For instance, while the Glo subscriber pays N15 for first minute of call made within and outside the network, other networks charge between N24 and N30 for calls within the network and between N30 and N36 for calls going outside the network,” Jameel noted.