MOBILE telecoms services provider Telecel Zimbabwe has launched an SMS-based promotion that gives its subscribers the chance to win up to a total of $5 million in prizes over a three month period.
The promotion — Lucky Number — works by using the last seven digits of a subscriber’s mobile number as a virtual lottery entry ticket.
The lottery centred SMS promotion is based on random selection and over a three month period subscribers who have opted in stand a chance to win provided the last seven digits of their mobile number match the numbers randomly drawn for the day by the gaming system.
The numbers matched should be in the exact sequence as the one generated by the system.
Telecel participants matching the last six digits from right to left of their mobile number win $5 000 while those matching the last five numbers get $500. Participants matching the last four digits down to two digits get airtime valued at $10, $5 and $1 respectively.
The promotion will run for an initial period of three months. Telecel said in the event that there is no match for the seven digit number which guarantees $50 000 prize money, participants who match six, five, four, three or even two numbers still stand a chance to win consolation prizes.
Government is in discussions with financiers to raise $200 million to give Telecel Zimbabwe the financial muscle to compete in the sector.
This came after government recently injected $5 million into the country’s third largest mobile operator, following the finalisation of an acquisition of 60% stake in the telecoms firm in January.
Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services minister Supa Mandiwanzira told guests at Telecel’s cocktail briefing on Wednesday that the company’s future was secured.
“Shareholders and the Telecel team are working diligently to secure additional funding in order to recapitalise the organisation and ensure that Telecel competes effectively in the telecommunication industry. At this stage, negotiations and discussions are ongoing with financiers for an investment of over $200 million to kick-start the Telecel project,” Mandiwanzira said, adding that more details would be released in due course
Telecel Zimbabwe has commercially launched Wifi zones expanding its previously limited service. In a statement released yesterday, Telecel said the Wi-Fi zone service allows Telecel subscribers to connect to the internet via Wi-Fi hotspots using their mobile phones or any other Wifi compatible device.
The Telecel Wifi service was previously launched for a smaller group during the first quarter of 2017.
Telecel Zimbabwe communication and branding director, Obert Mandimika, said The mobile operator was satisfied with the performance and uptake of Telecel Wifi zones from the soft-launch period.
In terms of affordability, the new packages sees the country’s third largest operator offering 1GB for $1, 250MB ($2), 700MB ($5), 1,5GB ($10), 4,5GB ($25), and 10,24GB ($50).
For the $1 package that is for a one day period, $2 package (7 days), $5 package (15 days), while the $10 and $25 packages are for 30 days.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS operators have agreed to share infrastructure as this promotes the national interest, cost cutting and reduces duplication, Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Deputy Minister, Dr Win Mlambo has said.
“We’re deadly serious about doing the correct thing in the country. Starting with approval, the concept has been approved. We spoke to stakeholders and network operators who have anonymously agreed that it’s going to be done and it’s the correct way to do.
“It has been done elsewhere in the world to cut costs, avoid duplication and speed up roll out of networks,” said Dr Mlambo.
He said the ministry was still dealing with legal hurdles, which will show how the process will be undertaken. The Deputy Minister said the public and the private sector should know that the process will take time as necessary procedures have to be followed.
Telecel Zimbabwe which is exhibiting at this year’s ZITF in Bulawayo has announced the re-introduction of their popular Mega Bonus promotion which allows the company’s pre-paid subscribers to make local calls across all networks for double the value of the airtime they purchase.
The re-introduced Mega Bonus Promotion gives Telecel customers 100% bonus for all airtime denominations of a $1 or more. The validity period for the bonus airtime varies depending on the recharge value but ranges between 1 day and 7 days.
Telecel’s MegaBonus Promotion instantly offers 100% bonus with every recharge. The recharge denominations currently guaranteeing 100% bonus under the promotion are the $1, $2, $5, $10 and the $20. MegaBonus is available to Telecel’s pre-paid customers who recharge using scratch cards, Telecash and electronic vouchers.
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