Rain, a new 4G mobile entrant based in South Africa, last week launched data-only mobile plans without traditional voice services in Zambia, offering users a flat rate of 5c per MB (R50 per GB).
Rain which has just launched its 4G LTE-Advanced network this month, to date has more than 2100 towers in metro areas and it plans to expand to more than 5000 towers over the next three years.
As an alternative to traditional voice services, Rain customers will be able to activate data-based services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Skype on their phones and make calls to other users on the same services.
Data-hungry consumers will also have the option to add unlimited off-peak data for R250 per month to their Rain One plan. This will give them unlimited data usage for 19 hours a day, except at peak times (6pm to 11pm). During peak hours, consumers will pay the standard 5c per MB (R50 per GB).
Customers will only pay for data they have used at the end of a month. There are no contract lock-ins, no bundles and no regular monthly fees. Data will never expire and customers will never have to pay expensive out-of-bundle rates, said the Operator. At any time, a Rain customer will be able to set and manage their SIM's spend-limit, ensuring that they never experience bill-shock.
The Operator said that customers can subscribe to the service online at rain.co.za, and a Rain SIM will be delivered to their door step. Customers can order up to three SIMs, and give each a unique name.