The date is out, May 26, 2015 will see approximately 140,000 subscribers out of service being the set date to terminate Safaricom’s Karibu post-paid tariff established in 2011.
This has been due to losses made by the company through the post-paid service having it termed “A loss making tariff”. The halt will however have current subscribers retained with no new registrations of the monthly billing service for the next year till cancellation.
The post paid service offers two packages; for ksh1,000 per month, a subscriber gets 900 minutes talk time for on-net calls, 100 minutes for off-net calls, 100 megabytes of data and 100 on-net SMSes. For ksh2500, subscribers get 2,200 minutes for on-net calls, 300 minutes off-net, 250 megabytes of data and 250 on-net text messages.
“We would like to notify our customers that the Karibu PostPay bundles (1,000 and 2,500) have been discontinued and shall not be available to new customers with effect Monday, 26 May,2014” read a notice from Safaricom in the Sunday dailies.
This comes a week after the telco wrote to CAK requesting approval to terminate the service which had post paid subscribers pay less than one shilling for calls per minute to make calls compared to pre-paid customers who are charged sh4 per minute during peak hours.
This won’t be too long though. The company plans on coming up with other tariffs that will give options to subscribers with time which could mean more expensive tariffs than the previous.