How does it compare to offers from the other two mobile operators? Firstly, there are no on-net packs so let’s look at only the all-net rates for all:
Here are a few observations on these rates:
- Daily bundles: Zamtel has the least priced daily bundle of K1, and beats Airtel’s K2 package which also has no data but which gives 50 SMS while the Zamtel while gives none. Regarding data, the Zamtel K5 bundle is the best option as it gives 50MB, which one would pay K10 for on MTN and K15, beating Airtel which gives 30MB on its K15 daily pack. Conclusion: Zamtel wins.
- Weekly bundles: on pricing, Zamtel has the least priced at K5, which gives more minutes and about 10 times more data than any of the other 2 operators’ weekly offers. It also has the most SMSes across all the various priced bundles. Conclusion: Zamtel wins.
- Monthly bundles: Zamtel again has the least pricing for much more out of their bundled packages and win across the board.
However, Zamtel has no 4G connectivity as compared to MTN, and Airtel tries in second place with its ‘3.75G’, this will mean slowed speed for users of the network as they all try to access 3G networks at almost the same time. Zamtel also does not have too many users on its network compared to MTN or Airtel, so this promotion being this affordable may entice some users to switch, but I wonder if the company has the infrastructure to support this increase in traffic.
MTN may seem a Kwacha or two more expensive, but atleast you get faster access to the internet. I would put Airtel as my second option, and Zamtel – though winning at rates – as my last option, especially when it comes to data access on these bundles.
Got a different opinion? Feel free to comment 🙂