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Vodafone Qatar unveils mobile tariffs

Qatar’s second mobile operator officially opens for business

Vodafone Qatar has launched the mobile tariffs it hopes will persuade mobile users in Qatar to ditch incumbent operator Qtel in favour of Vodafone.

From today, Vodafone Qatar customers will be able to choose from prepaid “Flexi” or the postpaid “Freedom” plan, with Vodafone’s prepaid tariffs broadly similar to those offered by Qtel.

Vodafone customers will pay one single rate of QR0.50 ($0.13) for local calls, whereas Qtel currently charges QR0.55 for a peak rate call and QR0.45 for off peak calls. The cost per local SMS is the same with both operators, at QR0.04

International calls made to destinations within the GCC cost between QR2.19 and QR1.53 with Qtel, while calls to destinations outside the GCC cost between QR3.19 and QR2.09. With Vodafone, they will cost a flat rate of QR2.50. International SMS is the same with both operators, at QR0.60.

“With Vodafone Flexi customers will always get much more than they paid for,” Michael Portz, Vodafone Qatar’s chief marketing officer said.

“Every Flexi plan is packed with bonus value and loads of free Vodafone minutes. Vodafone’s customers will get up to 68% more with Flexi.”

As of the end of last year, Qtel had 1.6 million mobile users, which equates to a penetration rate of 116%. As with many countries in the Middle East, analysts expect this figure to rise as a result of multiple Sim ownership as users look to take advantage of the operators’ different deals.

Vodafone Qatar was awarded the second mobile licence in June last year. The network was turned on in March, and since then, more than 1000 customers have been trialing the network in advance of its full commercial launch.