Heritage (Monrovia)

28 November 2012

Liberia: Cellcom Drops Internet Rates

Cellcom's Chief Corporate Communications Strategist, Dr. Kimmie L. Weeks, on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 announced that the company has significantly dropped its tariffs for edge GPRS/Edge internet services.Speaking during a press conference held at Cellcom's headquarters on the Capitol Byepass, Dr. Weeks says the new low rates makes Cellcom the provider of the lowest rates for internet services and will have a positive social effect on Liberians across the country.

During the press conference, Dr. Weeks emphasized that Cellcom's GPRS/Edge internet has always been running parallel to the company's dynamic new 4G network and that the company had recently taken the decision to drastically reduce its rates on GPRS/Edge to make it affordable to Liberians across the length and breadth of the country.

Weeks noted: "What's great about this is that the GPRS/Edge works with any phone that has internet capability, so customers do not have to have a smart phone to enjoy the benefits." He also said that Cellcom's GPRS/Edge service could be enjoyed by customers throughout the country. "Unlike the 4G network, which is currently deployed in Montserrado Grand Bassa, customers can enjoy GPRS/Edge in the country.

Weeks explained that customers could use the GPRS/Edge using regular Cellcom SIM and said that the new tariffs were not a short term promotion, but instead reflected the company's long term tariff rates. The new Cellcom internet rates are priced $1 per day, $6 per week and $20 per month. "With these new rates, everybody from across the country from market women, to students, to workers will have access to affordable internet almost anywhere they are in the country," Kimmie observed. He went on to say: "The social impact of this is incredible. Imagine that all Liberians can now surf the web for as little as $1 for a full day. That's what other companies charge their customers for just an hour."

The launch of the new low rates for internet comes in the wake of a long series of Cellcom promotions aimed at making telecommunications affordable to Liberians. This includes Cellcom's phone exchange program where customers can bring in old phones and receive new phones, the Liberty $10 flat rate campaign, and Cellcom's free SIM program. "The first legacy of this company was to break Liberia's telecommunications monopoly. We are now working on a new legacy that every Liberian has access to a phone, as well as affordable prices for both calling and access to internet. We see this as part of our contribution to Liberia's Poverty Reduction Strategy and rebuilding process," Weeks concluded.

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