From 5 September 2011, Vodacom will be extending its reduced rate Super Saver and Vodafone Passport products to additional countries. It will also introduce International Voice Bundles for all customers at a flat fee for all countries.

Vodacom’s current Super Saver data rates enable Vodacom contract customers to automatically qualify for reduced data roaming rates in countries where Vodacom or Vodafone has partner networks. Super Saver users qualify for a standard rate of R17.50 per MB when roaming in these countries. Vodacom has now extended the Super Saver data rate from 40 countries to 69 countries.

Vodacom has also enhanced its current Vodafone Passport offer which allows international roamers to make calls at South African call rates to other countries. This means, that Vodacom has now increased the footprint of countries where Vodafone Passport is available, from 16 countries to 64 countries.

For example, a customer on a Talk 500 package who has not activated Vodacom Passport, who makes a five-minute call to South Africa while roaming abroad, would normally pay R115.00 for the call. If the customer activates Vodacom Passport, the customer will only pay R25.20 for the same call, resulting in a 78% saving.

Portia Maurice, Vodacom’s chief officer of corporate affairs, comments: “The world is a global village and we have to find ways to make connectivity while travelling more affordable and the experience a more convenient and predictable one. We are also constantly negotiating with international networks to bring roaming rates down for our customers but we heavily depend on them in this regard.”

Vodacom is also launching International Voice Bundles which will allow all Vodacom customers to make international calls from South Africa at reduced rates. With Vodacom’s International Voice Bundles, international voice tariffs will be as low as R2.49 per minute.