Neotel Unwraps 'smart Landline'

Neotel has announced the launch of NeoSmart – a business product designed to combine accessibility and connectivity with affordable fixed-line rates, which the company describes as South Africa’s first “mobile smart landline”.

For a fixed monthly fee, the new product leverages both Neotel’s landline rates and the newly-launched FreeCallZone, which offers free calls to all Neotel numbers within a selected zone.

This means that businesses can create their own FreeTalkZone which will allow employees to call each other for free whether they are in the same building, same city or across the country.

FreeTalkZone is a standard voice value added service which is bundled with but not limited to NeoSmart and can also be added to any of Neotel’s existing post-paid voice services.

NeoSmart is being delivered in partnership with HTC and the HTC Desire – a dual network Android device, which allows for both CDMA (landline) and GSM (mobile phone) technologies.

HTC Desire>
HTC Desire VC

“NeoSmart delivers constant accessibility through a dual network smart phone to give customers connectivity to their landline and mobile number on a single smart device,” said Abid Qadiri, chief of business solutions at Neotel.

“This means that businesses of all sizes can take advantage of increased flexibility while drastically reducing their overall telecommunications spend. It means employees will always be connected, in or out of the office,” he added.

NeoSmart is available with a choice of monthly package rates – ranging from R399 to R599 – each of which includes free minutes, free data and free SMSs.

The HTC Desire VC is available on a 24 month contract from Neotel on the following packages:

NeoSmart packages Neotel minutes Data SMSes Price
NeoSmart 299 100.0 1GB 100.0 R399
NeoSmart 399 200.0 2GB 200.0 R499
NeoSmart 499 300.0 3GB 300.0 R599

Neotel’s call, data, and SMS rates are as follows:

Neotel to Telkom
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
Local – peak R0.34 R0.34
Local – off-peak R0.17 R0.17
Regional – peak R0.42 R0.46
Regional – off-peak R0.29 R0.29
National – peak R0.46 R0.51
National – off peak R0.33 R0.33
Neotel to mobile network operator (MNO)
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
MNO – peak R0.97 R1.08 (Vodacom, MTN)
MNO – off-peak R0.90 R0.97 (Vodacom, MTN)
Cell C/8ta – peak N/A R1.37
Cell C/8ta – off-peak N/A R1.09
Neotel to Neotel
Call type Postpaid rate Prepaid rate
Local – Neotel R0.17 R0.17
Regional – Neotel R0.23 R0.34
National – Neotel R0.29 R0.43
SMS off net R0.20 R0.20
SMS on net R0.20 R0.20
SMS international R1.50 R1.50
Data in-bundle (per MB) R0.06 N/A
Data out-of-bundle (per MB) R0.08 R0.20
All Neotel to Neotel off-peak free calls from 18:00 to 07:00 weekdays, all day on weekends and public holidays
Calls to China, India, USU, Canaa, Hong Kong, and Singapore on prepaid are R0.25 per minute; and R1.00 per 10 minutes on postpaid (billed in the first minute)

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