Vodafone Qatar said yesterday the public response to its promotional rate of 50 dirhams per minute for calls anywhere in the world was overwhelming on the first day.
The company said yesterday it expected the response to remain good all through the promotion period, which ends in September.
“We were busy handling customers at all of our outlets throughout the day,” an official from one of the four retail outlets of the telecommunications giant said.
Vodafone hopes to open more outlets in the days to come to cope with increasing demand for its services.
“Our promotional offer is a big hit,” the company official said proudly. He said cash was being accepted for the SIM card, but added that for regular billing a customer needed to have an account either with Doha Bank or the Qatar National Bank. “Negotiations are on with other banks to have such arrangements in place,” the official said.
A Vodafone customer, Abdul Basit, said he made calls to his relatives in Australia, Turkey and Pakistan yesterday and in all spent around QR43 on the calls, which together lasted a little more than 80 minutes.
“My wife Sara spoke to her brother in Turkey for one hour and the entire bill was QR35,” an excited Abdul Basit said.
He said he called his parents in Islamabad and spoke for around 10 minutes for QR5, and that he later talked to his brother in Brisbane, Australia, for seven to eight minutes and the charges were an incredible QR3.
“It’s a fantastic service and I am going to take maximum advantage of the unbelievably low-charge service during the promotion period,” said a jubilant Basit.
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