Wataniya lures Palestinians with roaming tariff

Palestinians and Jordanians set to benefit from lower roaming rates.

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Wataniya lures Palestinians with roaming tariff Wataniya Palestine unveiled its roaming tariffs for Jordan after signing an agreement with Orange Jordan. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  January 20, 2010

Wataniya Palestine has unveiled attractive tariffs for its subscribers roaming in Jordan in a move aimed at gaining further market share from its sole Palestinian mobile rival, Jawwal.

Wataniya Palestine announced the tariffs along with Orange Jordan, after the two operators signed a roaming agreement allowing both parties to provide international and roaming calls between the two networks with preferred tariffs.

Wataniya Palestine, which launched operations in November 2009, is offering its subscribers who roam in Jordan the ability to make local calls, receive calls and make calls to all Palestinian networks for NIS 0.85 ($0.22) per minute. Users can also make calls from Palestine to any Jordanian network at the same rate. Sending text messages costs NIS 0.45 ($0.12), while international calls made from Jordan cost NIS 10 ($2.7) under the new tariff structure.

Orange Jordan said it will charge just 12 piasters ($0.16) for its subscribers to call, roam and receive calls while in Palestine, in line with its roaming tariffs for Lebanon and Syria.

The roaming agreement was signed by Nayla Khawam, CEO of Orange Jordan, and Allan Richardson, CEO of Wataniya Mobile.

Richardson said the roaming tariffs were aimed at "the increasing need of the families on both sides of the borders for staying in contact with their families, friends and associates in both countries."

"We have much more to offer the people of Palestine who have waited so long for more competitive services and tariffs in the mobile telephony sector," he added.

Orange Jordan's Khawam described the agreement is an alliance that will bring "great benefits to serve our customers whether they are in Jordan or in Palestine."

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