A new mobile network recently launched in South Africa that is tailored for mobile users who prefer communication in Afrikaans.
BokSel is South Africa’s newest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and was developed by pioneer mobile network enabler MVN-X, in partnership with the popular Afrikaans radio station Bok Radio. It is also the country’s first Afrikaans-language mobile service provider, and offers fully flexible packages on its www.boksel.co.za website, a user-friendly online platform in Afrikaans that went live today.
BokSel’s first customers will be listeners of Bok Radio, which has a strong following in the Western Cape, but the network is open to any mobile users in the country seeking a mobile network alternative that caters for their Afrikaans language preference.
Consumers who are interested in switching to BokSel can port their numbers for free.
How BokSel works
· Create your profile on www.boksel.co.za and tailor your own package by choosing a bundle and data option.
· To ensure that you are always connected, you can exceed your chosen bundle amount to a maximum of double your bundle’s monthly limit. This is your credit limit. For example, if your chosen bundle is R100, your credit limit will be R100 – that means you can spend up to R200 in total.
· Out of bundle rates will apply if you exceed your chosen bundle amount: Talk at 79c/min; SMS at 60c; MMS at 70c; and Data at 99c/MB.
· Your contract is month to month – you can upgrade or downgrade at any time.
· Choose your bundle: Spend your bundle on anything you like – talk, SMS, MMS or data.
R49 Value Bundle – R0.79/min R0.60/SMS R0.70/MMS R0.99/MB
R99 Value Bundle – R0.79/min R0.60/SMS R0.70/MMS R0.99/MB
R199 Value Bundle – R0.69/min R0.60/SMS R0.70/MMS R0.99/MB
R299 Value Bundle – R0.59/min R0.60/SMS R0.70/MMS R0.99/MB
R349 Bok Onbeperk – R-.–/min R0.60/SMS R0.70/MMS R0.99/MB
R499 Superbok – 1 000 mins 1000 MB 1000 SMS
· Add monthly data to a bundle to take advantage of BokSel’s affordable MB rates:
A real alternative for consumers
“All around the world there is a consumer trend towards serving customers in their mother tongue. With Bok Radio having such a loyal and engaged audience, it presented an opportunity to tap into this trend by providing Afrikaans-speakers with a mobile network that serves them in their home language and that offers some great value-added services in Afrikaans,” says Steve Bailey, CEO of MVN-X, which provides infrastructure and technical support to BokSel.
Bailey says the network is built on Cell C infrastructure, but MVN-X has provided a tailored technical backbone and professional customer support service in Afrikaans for the network.
Rennert van Rensburg, founder and MD of BokSel, says there are already a few thousand Bok Radio listeners lined up to sign up for BokSel. “We are tremendously excited about the launch of BokSel, and so are our Bok Radio listeners. They are a very loyal and engaged listenership and they already trust the Bok Radio brand. They are going to love BokSel. The BokSel team are ready to provide them with excellent customer service – in relaxed, friendly and courteous Afrikaans.”