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MTN NG review its international SMS rate (Check Out)

You may have noticed recently that while sending an international SMS you were charged more than the standard N15. The reason for this is because the international SMS charge rate has been changed. Please find a list of the currently applicable rates below.



N
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
(SMS Rate-N20)
(SMS Rate-N35)
(SMS Rate-N50)
1
Canada
Aruba
Australia
2
Saint Pierre and 
Miquelon
Bhutan
Bulgaria
3
United States
Colombia
Romania
4
Anguilla
Costa Rica
Ukraine
5
Belize
Ecuador
Austria
6
Cuba
French Guiana
Belarus
7
Dominica
Guyana
Belgium
8
Dominican Republic
Haiti
Denmark
9
El Salvador
Honduras
Finland
10
Guam
India
France
11
Macao
Indonesia
Greece
12
Mayotte
Jamaica
Ireland
13
Nicaragua
Japan
Liechtenstein
14
Northern Mariana Islands
Kazakhstan
Malta
15
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Laos
Netherlands
16
Trinidad and Tobago
Martinique
Norway
17
Turks and Caicos Islands
Montserrat
Portugal
18
Uzbekistan
Myanmar
Spain
19
Afghanistan
Nepal
Sweden
20
Antigua and Barbuda
Netherlands Antilles
Turkey
21
Argentina
Papua New Guinea
Switzerland
22
Bangladesh
Paraguay
United Kingdom
23
Barbados
Philippines
24
Bermuda
Saint Lucia
25
Bolivia
Saint Martin
26
Brazil
Suriname
27
British Virgin Islands
Swaziland
28
Cambodia
Tajikistan
29
Cayman Islands
Thailand
30
Chile
Turkmenistan
31
Grenada
Uruguay
32
Guadeloupe
Algeria
33
Guatemala
Angola
34
Hong Kong
Benin
35
Kyrgyzstan
Botswana
36
Malaysia
Burkina Faso
37
Mexico
Cameroon
38
Mongolia
Cape Verde
39
New Zealand
Central African Republic
40
Pakistan
Chad
41
Panama
Democratic 
Republic of the Congo
42
Peru
Egypt
43
Puerto Rico
Ethiopia
44
Saint Vincent and
 the Grenadines
Ghana
45
Singapore
Guinea
46
Sri Lanka
Guinea-Bissau
47
Syria
Ivory Coast
48
Venezuela
Kenya
49
Bahrain
Kuwait
50
Congo
Lebanon
51
Gabon
Liberia
52
Gambia
Libya
53
Iran
Madagascar
54
Iraq
Mali
55
Israel
Morocco
56
Jordan
Namibia
57
Malawi
Niger
58
Mauritius
Oman
59
Mozambique
Rwanda
60
Palestine
Saudi Arabia
61
Qatar
Senegal
62
Reunion
South Sudan
63
Seychelles
Sudan
64
Togo
Tanzania
65
Uganda
Tunisia
66
Georgia
United Arab Emirates
67
Yemen
68
Zambia
69
Zimbabwe
70
Azerbaijan
71
Bosnia and Herzegovina
72
Hungary
73
Poland
74
Russia
75
South Africa
76
China
77
Cyprus
78
Germany
79
Italy

The how and why speculation for this policy change has obviously bordered on the economic. However being more definite, some have put it down to the naira’s diminishing strength against the dollar. 
If that’s true then it could be that MTN will not be the only Telecoms company to adjust its international SMS rates and it can be expected of others too, to follow suit in the following few days. 
This said though, it’s still a little difficult to see the rationale behind the a sudden bumping of going (SMS) rates to places like say the UK for example from N15 to N50- a more than 200% increase. This is particularly so in the light of the inroads companies and apps like Whatsapp, Facebook and others have made into the instant messaging segment. 
So the irony is that while data- the currency of instant messaging and other internet dependent services, is getting cheaper, sending an SMS, the traditional forte of instant messaging itself, is becoming more expensive. 
Indeed if this policy is not watched, it may prove yet the further tightening of a noose around the neck of an already struggling service.

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  1. AARON says

    Admin my techsvibe app isnt reloading posts again ….

  2. Omon Danny says

    Thanks for your feedback sir….

    We will work on it as soon as possible.

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