L-R, SYLVIA MULINGE, (DIRECTOR, CONSUMER BUSINESS UNIT), BOB COLLYMORE (...Safaricom has announced a suite of new data bundles for subscribers in an attempt to satisfy their clients’ wants. This comes after a long bashing from the public on the unfair rates and conditions the telecommunication company had previously provided in data packages.

The new rates will allow subscribers to use their data for longer periods including extension of data bonuses for use anytime during the day. Available to pre-pay and post –pay subscribers, the new scheme will have 3 options on how customers will be able to buy and subscribe for data bundles which include: Data bundles option, Time based tariff and Out of Bundle Tariff (Pay As You Go).

Unlike the previous package, bundles will now roll over to the next day should the subscriber purchase another Daily Data bundle before expiry. Under the daily Data bundle, customers will have an option of purchasing data bundles from 7MB from as low as Kshs. 5 up to 150MB at Kshs. 5. The weekly bundles will be valid for 7 days from the time of purchase.

At the expiry of 7 days, any unused bundles will expire and will be permanently unavailable. However, if you buy another bundle before the lapse of the 7 days, your unused bundle will be rolled over and be available to you for the validity period of the new bundle you have purchased. The Weekly bundles will be available from 5MB at Kshs 5 to 130MB at Kshs 100.

Monthly data bundles

The monthly data bundles will have a validity period of 30 days from the time of purchase and will be available from 350MB at Kshs 250 to 12 GB at Kshs 3,000.However, if you buy another bundle before the lapse of 30 days, your unused bundle will be rolled over and be available to you for the validity period of the new bundle you have purchased

The 90 days bundle will only be accessible through M-Pesa and will not be available through rechargeable vouchers. The bundles will only be available from 6GB at Kshs 3,000 to 30GB at Kshs 9,000. For time based tariff , Safaricom prepay subscribers will be able to activate to access the internet at Kshs. 2/- per minute billed per second regardless of the volume of data downloaded.

This will however not apply to roaming subscribers as they will be charged on applicable tariffs based on the roaming network.The last option of the new data proposition is the out of Bundle Tariff which is a Pay as You Go Tariff enabling subscribers to use Safaricom data on the go without subscribing to any of the above plans and bundles.

This will be charged at Kshs 4per MB and all customers will need to do is to purchase Safaricom airtime and start browsing.

Here is a copy of the new data plan.

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