Telkom Kenya to run month-long mobile voice, data and device campaign

Nairobi: Monday, February 24, 2016.

Telkom Kenya is running a month-long mobile voice, data and device campaign, ending March 14, 2016. The campaign, that kicked off on February 15, will see the telco’s Mobile customers enjoy an enhanced value proposition; with the introduction of the month-long offer. Mobile subscribers can now enjoy a 200 MB data bundle (the Xcell Daily Bundle), 180 minutes of talk time, 100 on-net SMSs and 20 off-net SMSs for a daily subscription of KSh 20.

“Our offers have enabled us to grow our customer base quarter-on-quarter. With our focus firmly on the customer, there is need to ensure that they have ease of access to Internet-enabled devices and mobile voice and data packages that give them increased value for their money,” says company Chief Corporate Communications Officer, George Mlaghui.

As additional value, customers subscribing to any Internet on Mobile bundle will earn bonus airtime for every data bundle purchased.

The telco is also targeting to grow data usage with a mobile device offer for entry-level Internet-enabled phones. One such device is the Orange Klif that goes for KSh 3,499, complete with a free 2GB data bundle – staggered over a 4 month period. This device also comes with a SIM card, pre-loaded with the month-long offer. The Alcatel Pixi 3 at KSh 5,499 and the Microsoft Lumia 435 retailing at KSh 8,499, are some of the other devices on offer during this promotion period.

“Ease of access to Internet-enabled handsets is a key part of our broader strategy of ensuring that our ongoing network expansion is supported by the provision of quality, competitive devices for entry level and price-conscious customers. We are committed to opening up the smart-phone-space to aspiring smart phone users to have that ‘smart’ experience,” adds Mlaghui.

The telco launched the Kaduda, 12 months ago, an entry level dual SIM handset retailing at KSh 999, further lowering the entry barriers for first time mobile phone users.

“The continued success of Kaduda confirms that there remains a great need for more affordable and quality devices in the market,” says Mlaghui.

The latest Communication Authority sector statistics indicated that mobile penetration had reached 88.1% during first quarter sector statistics report for the financial year 2015/2016. Pre-paid mobile subscriptions also grew to stand at 36.8 million subscribers from 35.1 million subscribers. Telkom Kenya demonstrated improvement with the quarter under review recording 11.8 percent market share from 11.2 percent, from the previous quarter.

Control and delete Technophobia

Just before discussing technophobia, let me start by noting that there was once a stone age, then metal age. Today we have the digital age which is growing day by day. The previous ages lasted millions of years according to historians. Going by this trend, then, the digital age will be around for a good number of years, throughout your lifetime, definitely. Technology can only get better going forward. Embrace for change lest you be left behind. Have you heard of the taxi drivers row with a certain tech company? Well, it’s all caused by technology of the digital age. A shape in or shape out dilemma.

About 69% of Kenya’s population is now using the internet according to reports from Communications Authority released in September 2015. Are you one of them? Maybe yes because you are reading this already. Good step. How comfortable are you in using digital solutions?  This question causes some chills down some people’s spines. That is fear. Technophobia is the feeling of servere anxiety associated with using anything technologically advanced.

Technology is meant to make life easier, although a times the associated devices or platforms can be hard to use. This is mainly what causes the fear. It is legitimate to have fear. You are human just like I am.  I also can’t rule out the fact that may be a robot is reading this even though this is not meant for their consumption. So, how can you overcome technophobia so as to live fully?

Acknowledge you have the fear

Do not be embarrassed of your fear of technology. It is not a reflection of your level of intelligence. If a younger person can do it better than you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are smarter than you. Take it easy.

Get knowledge

The more you learn, the smarter you become. Knowledge is the best way to overcome fear. Start by simple things like reading and following steps highlighted in your device manuals. You will be impressed at how things work out. You have a question? Type it on Google or Bing and see how easy it is to get answers. Follow the steps in your answers and do some of the things for yourself e.g. installing a new application, check steps of buying data bundles on www.orange.co.ke and do it yourself before calling customer care. Superstars take time to practice on their own.

Try it out

Ask yourself what you would like your phone to do for you and search for apps that can do exactly that and install. Play online games. Make an online purchase and complete the transaction, chat with us on Facebook or twitter, you will be amazed at how easy and convenient it is to use some of these things. Play around with your device settings and see what happens. Keep trying even if you can’t control it like someone else. By trying it out you get to understand any obstacles which you can also learn to overcome. Ask questions where necessary and keep learning.

Keep your head up then, you are a guru in the making. But first, overcome technophobia.

SAR, is your phone safe?

SAR stands for Specific Absorption Rate and is a measure of how much electromagnetic energy is absorbed by your body tissue. Electromagnetic wave is an invisible wave travelling through space composed of both electric and magnetic fields. Every mobile phone emits some level of electromagnetic energy.

Are there any risks?

Exposure over time to these radiations can cause health effects such as high tissue temperature resulting from absorption of the energy, shocks and burn from touching conducting objects or nerve and muscle stimulation. It depends on the intensity and frequency of exposure.

In my own opinion, one needs to be keen to on the originality of the phone. Is your phone original? Original phones in most cases have to comply with the set SAR standards which vary from country to country. The quickest way of checking whether your phone is original or not is by dialing *#06# which displays your phone’s the IMEI number. Check out original phones here->http://www.orange.co.ke/en/orange-shop/

What is the recommended SAR?

Every mobile phone has a specific absorption rate measure and the general consensus of scientific opinion is that, provided the mobile phones do not exceed the limits of recognized standards, there will be no harmful effects.  I tried looking for the recommended standard in Kenya to no avail. Share with us in case you find it. However, the recommended rates for USA and Canada is 1.6W/Kg_1gram, EU is 2.0W/Kg_10g.

Depending on the phone brand and model that you prefer or are using, you can always find your SAR level by doing an online search. www.orange.co.ke has daily 10MBs bundle for only Ksh.10 per day accessible by dialing *10#.

How to minimize SAR

Although many customers buy them to protect their phone screens Phone Cases can arguably protect you from Radio magnetic emissions from your phone.

According to Environmental Working Group in an article titled “Does your cell phone case raise your radiation exposures”, a good case directs the emissions away from the user’s head or body and toward the cell tower, to both improve signal quality and lower radiation exposure (German 2011). Kazi kwako to search for good cases. It all depends with what you want the case for, whether to just protect your phone screen or to protect yourself too. Here are some cases available at Orange-> http://www.orange.co.ke/en/product-category/orange-devices/accessories/

Internet Hustler

Who is a hustler? From the hip hop culture, this is someone entrepreneurial. Someone who knows how and where to get the shillings or is it dollars pronounced with an American Twang’? A simple google search defines it as an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter. The second meaning when you do a google meaning search by just typing hustler meaning won’t be our focus today. That’s too hardcore. If you care to find out what the definition is all about, get on to google and do a search. According to dictionary.com, hustler is slang meaning a person who employs fraudulent or unscrupulous methods to obtain money; swindler. Let’s keep it clean though because we are law abiding Kenyans. We’ll focus on clean online hustling.

Unemployment and need for side hustle is real. According to the World Bank, Youth unemployment refers to the share of the labor force ages 15-24 without work but available for and seeking employment. Well, many of us are in that bracket while some are out of the bracket. All in all we either need a side hustle or something to give us the extra notes. So what can we do online and earn? Here are a few tips you can apply:

Photography

Show your photo taking prowess whether with professional lenses or make shift. Skill goes beyond what you are using. If you are good you are just good. Share your work online and turn those likes in to your studio customers. You will have to spend a few coins on internet bundles though.  Orange got you covered with daily, weekly and monthly xcell. Yego too mastered his thing using bundles you know, that’s why to date he is a champion. At Orange we make and support champions and you could be the next. The only thing I have to warn you about is not to become a socialite, just in case your photos carry you away. You will be letting your parents down. They, surely, raised a better you.

Voice overs

You think your voice can unleash the dragon off  its hole? Well, record it and share it online. I think doing a specific one and tagging along your targeted company can work. May be you can try it out. These companies are always looking for ideas. You could just win yourself a deal with them. Target the big guys in Telcos. They are more promising. Again, you will have to spend a little bit of your bundles but it’s worth it. Just be sure you are not duped. Companies too like free things. Although, a times you may need to offer your voice for free and prove that you are good before you land the ultimate signing.

Online games with prizes

Every day, there is a campaign giving out something resalable somewhere. Whether it is airtime, a phone, a house, money, flour, gift hampers and any other thing worth your time and effort. Dandia tu kama mat. Go through the terms and conditions first and make sure your internet provider is always up, fast and affordable. One of the CA reports mentioned that Orange scored highest in terms of quality of network.

What other ideas do you know of? Share in the comments section and together let’s learn on how to improve our financial wellbeing

Clinical side of Beat Yangu Orange tunes

Life is hard enough. Isn’t it? It starts by bearing with childhood curiosity that gets many children hurt, bruised or wounded. Chances are that you have a childhood scar. It goes on to wading through the murky teenage years. What did you do that keeps haunting you to date?  It then culminates into stressing with finding a footing in your twenties. It doesn’t mean you can’t make it. Yes you can, hustler!

Thank God for music though. Hip-hop, RnB, Reggae, Ragga, Country, Kapuka, Afrofusion, Rock, Genge and all those that fall neither here nor there. According to America Music Therapy Association, Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Now that’s too professional.  We don’t have much time to pay close attention to the definition. Listening to lots of music without prior knowledge of this definition in itself is soothing enough.

According to Brain HQ blog article by Karen Merzenich related to Neuroscience, our brain is primed early on to respond to and process music. Research has shown that day-old infants are able to detect differences in rhythmic patterns. Mothers across cultures and throughout time have used lullabies and rhythmic rocking to calm crying babies. She also points out that, “our motor systems naturally entrain, or match, to a rhythmic beat. When a musical input enters our central nervous system via the auditory nerve, most of the input goes to the brain for processing. But some of it heads straight to motor nerves in our spinal cord. This allows our muscles to move to the rhythm without our having to think about it or “try.” It’s how we dance to music, tap our foot to a rhythm, and walk in time to a beat.” Music commands attention. You hear your favourite tune and stop to listen. It taps into our emotions and makes us feel a certain way.

Help someone feel good, feel angry, feel in love, feel important, feel Beat yangu. Maybe they have just failed an exam, maybe they passed. Maybe they have fallen in love, maybe they have fallen out, maybe they are frustrated with hard knocks of life, maybe they are living it large. The good bit about Beat yangu Orange ringback tones is that you can set a tune for every of your friend who calls. Give someone a piece of health at 75 cents per day or Ksh.20 per month. To subscribe, dial *811# or send an SMS with your song choice to 1351.

Awesome Christmas present for her

Its that time of the year that you would like to spoil your lady to something special. But you have no idea what to get or what to do for her. Don’t worry, we have some ideas for you.

They say ladies can be complicated at times; they want this today but changes tomorrow. this makes finding the ideal present for her  stressful especially during this time of year. We thought we would make it easier for you.

Every lady is unique in nature, but some presents will apply for all.

Here is the list:

Handbag                                                                                                                                                                        

Ladies will hardly leave the house without a handbag. Handbag has become a unique outward statement of a woman’s status, fashion savvy and earning power. It is an accessory that she will use the most, and it has to match with almost every outfit she owns so there is a lot of satisfaction in finding the perfect bag. Plus she would need to put her stuff inside.

Makeup Kit    

Every lady needs to look better and nothing comes in handy as a make-up kit. This will include ponds, eye shadows, lipstick among others.Some ladies would prefer to stay all natural and put on just a lip-gloss. It is very important to find out what she likes.

Earring

Stylish women everywhere feel naked when not wearing earrings. This is what makes it a key present to consider.

Necklace                                                                                                                                                                               

A necklace shows the elegance in a woman. It will complete that look that she is yearning for. Remember to confirm her style and neckline before you get it for for. Make sure it is the perfect necklace that will show the best from her.

Surprise tour    

Ladies always like going out. Whether it is just a mere picnic or a vacation to some beautiful place. This makes a long lasting good impression. It is the moment she will never forget in her lifetime. Make sure to find a beatiful place with good sceneries and best service ever.

Get either of these and your lady will never forget you.

Merry Christmas.

Orange Ladies Hockey Team win eighth continental title

Sunday, December 20, 2015: National champions, the Orange Hockey Ladies Team have retained their Africa Cup of Club Championships title for the fourth consecutive year. This year’s pan African tournament was held in Lusaka, Zambia, from December 12 to 19, 2015 and saw top teams from across Africa participate: Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Libya and Zambia.

The team won the final match three – two against Ghana Police, in a penalty shoot-out. The team had also drawn 3-3 with the same team in their opening match.

After a barren draw during normal time in the final match, the winning penalties were scored by Audrey Omaido, Barbara Simiyu and veteran Terry Masibo.

“We are particularly proud of this win, as the girls have demonstrated formidable form this past year,” says Telkom Kenya’s Chief Corporate Communications Officer, George Mlaghui, adding that the team has signed up new players as it works towards absorbing new talent into the team.

The girls jet back into the country this evening, at the JKIA, and will proceed to a break before resuming their final matches of the Kenya Hockey Union National League, where they also hold a convincing lead and are headed towards retaining the local title for the seventeenth year in a row.

Telkom Kenya announces an intended workforce rationalisation exercise

Nairobi, Kenya, December 17, 2015: Telkom Kenya has today notified relevant authorities and company stakeholders, of an intended workforce-rationalisation plan. In the statutory notification to the Ministry of Labour, Telkom Kenya has indicated that this exercise, intended for implementation in the first quarter of 2016, will affect about 500 employees from its 1,600-strong workforce. Telkom Kenya has also notified the Communication Workers Union of Kenya (COWU) of the planned exercise.

This plan, approved by the company’s board, is as a result of a KSh 1 Billion investment in technology and innovation that has transformed the company’s operations within the last three years. Following its transition into a fully-integrated telecommunications service provider, Telkom Kenya decommissioned obsolete infrastructure that was no longer in line with its growth strategy. This decision was arrived at after a thorough review of the business’s product and solution offering as well as the infrastructure supporting the company’s network, with the long term view of ensuring viability and further improving the quality of service to its customers. This transformative exercise has changed its entire business outlook and infrastructure, impacting the required size of its workforce, as the company positions itself to become a future-fit telco.

Christmas toys for your man

What better way to assert your love for him than to toy him up? Guys love toys, and here is a list of the 10 coolest things you can get your man to show him how much you care.

 

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The Playstation 4

This is a no-brainer for everyone. Your man will feed from the thrill, violence and speed that this tiny box of graphics brings. The PS4 ships with a sleek and futuristic look, two USB 3.0 ports on the front, another on the rear plus HDMI, Ethernet and optical audio sockets. It also sports a quieter hard drive and a new, less power-hungry system board, which makes a quiet console run almost silently until you’re playing graphically intensive games.

Also remember to grab this year’s biggest PS4 games, including Fallout 4, The Witcher 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate and Metal Gear Solid 5. They are sure to make your Boxing day evening over several levels on this amazing gadget.

 

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Samsung LED Digital TV – Black

The Samsung UE32F6800 is a 32-inch LED TV from Samsung’s latest TV range. As such it packs a pretty fearsome feature punch, including active 3D playback, Samsung’s ground-breaking new Smart TV engine, and multimedia support galore. Naturally, you expect four HDMIs, three USBs, Freesat and Freeview tuner connections, a LAN port, and built-in Wi-Fi – everything you would hope for in an amazing TV. You might want to get this and the  Playstation 4 for the ultimate entertainment experience this Christmas
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JBL Charge 2
This little man is just amazing. Available in black, blue, purple, red, or white, the cylindrical charge measures roughly 3 by 7.3 inches and weighs 1.3 pounds. The rubberized exterior has a control panel across the top and a platform that keeps it sitting firmly in place. Controls on the top panel include Power, Bluetooth, Volume Up/Down, Call Answer/End, and Social Mode buttons. This is also where the built-in microphone for speakerphone calls is located. Included with the speaker is a micro USB-to-USB cable, which can be used to both charge the Charge 2, or to charge your mobile devices with the speaker. Enjoy that tune together with Charge 2.
Sennheiser HD 202
The HD 202-II closed, dynamic hi-fi stereo headphones are the ideal partner for you man’s DJ self and powerful modern music. They providing good insulation against ambient noise and a vivid, crisp bass response. The rugged lightweight headphones have a secure fit and can be used for both mobile sources and home (mini) hi-fi systems. When out and about, a convenient cord take-up lets him adjust the headphone cable to the required length. Convenient, huh? Well He Will really love this one, especially if it comes bundled with an iPod or sleek MP3 player.

 

Asus Chromebook Flip (C100PA-DB02)

ASUS Chromebook Flip

The Chromebook Flip gets its name from its 360-degree hinge, which lets the display fold around and back, providing for multiple usage modes, including Stand and Tablet modes. The Flip has aluminum construction, but beyond the brushed aluminum, the Flip is also exceptionally slim. When folded around into Tablet mode, the system is sleek and portable and extremely easy to hold. It has two USB 2.0 ports and a headset jack, micro-HDMI port and a microSD card slot. All of the ports are on the right side of the system, while on the left you’ll find the Power port and buttons for Power and volume. For connectivity, the Flip has dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1. The Flip comes with an offer for 100GB of Google Drive cloud storage (free for two years), and between the USB ports and the microSD card slot, there are plenty of options for local storage as well. Asus covers the Chromebook Flip with a one-year warranty.

 

Chromecast

This is an HDMI dongle that plugs into your TV and lets you stream video and audio from hundreds of sources. You control it via your phone, tablet, or computer, and yes it works with both Android and iOS. Personally, I’m buying the new one and giving my old one to a friend. Win-win.

 

Raspberry PI 2

The Raspberry Pi 2 is the latest generation of the most famous low-cost circuit board computer. It sports versions of a single-core 700MHz CPU to a quad-core 900MHz one, and RAM has been upgraded to 1GB. There are four USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio output, HDMI port, Ethernet port and microSD card slot. The memory card is used to hold whatever OS you choose to install on the Raspberry Pi 2, as there’s no integrated storage.

 

Microsoft Lumia 535

The Lumia 535 is Microsoft’s definitive budget smartphone. It appears to be a great budget phone and with a dual-SIM version available in some regions. Available SIM-free, there aren’t many 5-inch smartphones that will beat it on price either. The vibrant replaceable covers are available in orange, black, grey, green, white and cyan and give the Lumia 535 a more premium look than its low price would suggest. The screen is made from Gorilla Glass so it’s sturdier and scratch-free. The 8GB of built-in storage should prove ample for lighter users. If that’s not enough then there’s a microSD card slot, too. You get Bluetooth 4.0 and an ambient light sensor as well.

 

Orange Domino

This sleek white beauty has an appealing dimension: 99.5mm x 53.7mm x 14mm. Only two small round buttons on the top and a weight of 65 gm. The OLED notification bar in the front lets you know the status of the device by blinking a combination of blue, red and green lights. It supports 2G and 3G. You can send SMS from this router so you don’t need to retrieve the SIM every time you need to activate your internet package. The battery of the device is decent. It can give upto two hours and couple of minutes, from full charge. The router comes with a Micro USB cord and USB charger.

 

Easy Taxi customers to enjoy Orange mobile Internet while on the move

Nairobi, Kenya, December 11, 2015: Easy Taxi customers in Nairobi will now enjoy Orange mobile Internet, every time they take any of their affiliate cabs, courtesy of a partnership between Easy Taxi and Telkom Kenya.

The partnership will see four Orange branded Easy Taxi affiliate cabs have the Orange ‘Domino’ mobile Internet device that delivers Internet-on-the-go, thus keeping their customers connected while on transit.

This is expected to offer an attractive add-on for clients especially those who want to access the Internet via mobile phones, while on the move and most especially enable them experience the quality of Orange’s mobile Internet data solutions.

According to Easy Taxi Kenya Chief Executive Paul Ndichu, the agreement with Telkom Kenya would mean that the Easy Taxi value proposition to its clients would rise head and shoulders above that of their competition.

“We want to be able maintain the productivity of our clients even when they are on the move. This partnership with Telkom Kenya means that we can provide connectivity in between departure and destination thus allowing our clients to remain in touch and up to date,” says Mr. Ndichu.

On its part, Telkom Kenya maintains the reliability and quality of its 3G connectivity product offering, meaning Easy Taxi clients will have a seamless user experience whether for work or entertainment.

Telkom Kenya CEO Vincent Lobry says that the Easy Taxi partnership would mean the potential creation of a larger client pool for the telecommunications service provider.

“We are pleased that Easy Taxi has chosen to work with Telkom Kenya. This platform enables us to deliver an extended 3G connectivity experience to our clients who need to be connected while on the move,” says Mr. Lobry. “We are also targeting those that are not on our network to experience the quality of our offering to enable them make an informed choice of mobile Internet service provider,” adds Lobry.

Telkom Kenya is currently expanding its GSM reach across the country, with more than 40 urban centres being added to its network this year. The telco also went ahead to revise its data offering for its pre-paid Internet on Mobile and Internet Everywhere (modem) customers in October this year. Subscribers can purchase data bundles of 400 MB and 1GB at KSh 250 and KSh 500 respectively under the Internet on Mobile offer. Internet Everywhere customers (via modem), also enjoy the 400MB and 2GB offers at KSh 250 and KSh 1,000 respectively. Both data plans now have extended validity periods of up to 90 days from the previous 30 days on both data plans. Internet Everywhere subscribers also have access to 25GB and 50GB bundles suitable for heavy consumers that cost KSh 5,750 and KSh 6,750 respectively.

Orange is also offering unlimited Internet on both Internet on Mobile and Internet Everywhere with a doubled Fair Usage Policy (FUP) for both offers. Daily Unlimited is now 200MBs up from 100MBs, weekly unlimited has moved up to 1GB from 500MB and monthly unlimited has been moved up to 3GB from 2GB. The FUP ensures that service quality remains at optimum levels at all times to the Telco’s customers.

For More Information please Contact:

Naomi Thoiya

naomi@avid-pr.com

or

Rachael Wandia

Orange Telkom Kenya

rwandia@orange-tkl.co.ke

About Easy Taxi Kenya

Billed as the number one taxi solution for consumers and businesses in 420 cities worldwide, Easy Taxi is a mobile taxi hailing application available in over 30 countries including Kenya. The app allows users to book a taxi and track it in real time and has over 20 million downloads globally.

To date, Easy Taxi Kenya has signed up more than 40 companies including large multinationals and SME’s. Easy taxi is today Nairobi’s largest hail-a-taxi app services which in now available in Nakuru and Mombasa.