Overview of Key Features
The New MTN SmoothTalk offer subscribers opportunity to call at the rate rate of 15kobo per second to all networks in Nigeria. The followings are the key features of this plan:
- N300 Bonus to calls 1 special number on recharge of N200. Valid for 7 days.
- Free 10MB weekly data bonus on recharge of N100
- 15kobo per second to all networks in Nigeria
- Rate applies after first call of the day at 40k/sec
This tariff plan is a chip of the old MTN Smooth and family and friends. However, unlike the old MTN Smooth which charges 20kob per second, with a daily rental of N5, this plan charges 15 kobo per second, only after the first 60 seconds of the day is charged at a whopping 40k per second! The plan also offers N300 Bonus to call only 1 special number upon recharge of N200.
- Introduction of free 10MB, valid for 7 days, upon recharge of N100. This is a good effort towards increasing data usage amongst Nigerian subscribers.
- Reduction of call rate from 20kobo per second to 15kobo per second
- Call rate constant for all intra and inter network calls.
- Generally, compared to the old MTN Smooth, this is not a very impressive price review.
- The introduction of a whopping 40kobo per second charge for the first 60 seconds amounts to taking back the benefits of the plans through a back door.
- Relating to the immediate point above, 40kobo per second for the first 60 seconds is too high an amount for calls that will be charged 15kobo per second subsequently.
- The free N300 bonus can only be used to call only the one (1) special number you registered. You cannot use it to call even other MTN numbers. This is again, far from desirable. If subscribers cannot enjoy the benefit of calling all networks with the N300 bonus, they should at least, be given the privilege of calling other MTN numbers with it.
- MTN is silent on whether you can only receive the free N300 bonus airtime once a week irrespective of how many times you recharge within 7 days. If this is so (as it is for TruTalk) then it grossly inadequate, even for those who make lineal calls. N300 bonus once A WEEK is far too little to make any appreciable difference.
Again, MTN did not say if you will not be able to send SMS to your single special number with the free N300 airtime. If this so with this plan (as it is for TruTalk), then I consider it another designed to ensure that the N300 bonus is exhausted quickly.
- I am of the opinion that Happy Hour calls should be free, with or without a N100 minimum balance, within the network, and a rate of not more than 5k per second for Happy Hour calls outside the network.