The advent of smartphones has relegated the use of oldtimers like USSD to oblivion, being replaced by apps each passing day. Fret not if you haven’t jumped on the smartphone bandwagon and even if you’re, it will solve you the hassle of having to look for ISP agents, who are a rarity by the way or looking for a point of sale terminal like Payway, Pebuu, New Pay among others such that you can buy voucher cards for the likes of Roke Telkom, Vodafone or Smile since these have a limited retail presence and agent network.
We've been here before, trying to dissect the meaning of Unlimited Internet and we believe it should be a steady internet stream without any disruptions in deliverance whatsoever! If you subscribe to unlimited internet, it should be that caps shouldn't accrue to your subscription but unfortunately that hasn't come into realization in Uganda. It remains for ISPs to tell given we haven't had a truly unlimited player with commendable speeds to speak of. Most, if not all are capped after one depletes a particular volume and exceptions are somewhat pricy.
At last, real unlimited internet finally comes to the pearl of Africa! This is huge news for internet fanatics out there as Smile Telecom Uganda becomes the first telecom to offer Unlimited internet at fairly usable speeds. This is the beginning to the kind of internet we've been dreaming of and finally one of the telecos has responded in a rather positive way. The latest monthly Smile Unlimited bundle dubbed the Smile Premium Bundle will offer uncapped data for a full month at 6mbps at a fixed price of UGX 330,000
The one thing that most internet addicts in Uganda crave for is "pure" unlimited internet with no data caps, and it seems most carriers have failed to deliver on this. After launching its Unlimited monthly data that goes for UGX 179,000, Smile Communications Uganda has unveiled a new daily data bundle for the price of UGX 10,000. You will enjoy unlimited surfing, video on demand, social media, gaming on the company's 4G LTE network.
As you read this article, chances are high that you are using a mobile device hooked on to a wireless internet connection. That internet connection is most likely to be a 3G or 4G mobile broadband service from one of the ISP in Uganda. It's a fact, and only makes business sense that most investors in Uganda's telecom sector start rolling out their services in highly populated area like Kampala that is comprised of over 1.5 million people according the previous 2014 census.
As the remaining fold of telcos still ride high on the ever decreasing voice and texts revenues, Smile Telecom recently spiced things a little bit and went all data cutting across its range of services.Their recently launched SmileVoice also known as VoLTE, that's short for Voice over LTE service and Smile Unlimited further cements the above since they make use of their 4G network and shockingly fore some with no legacy circuit switched 2G or 3G aspirations within vicinity, meaning Smile communications is indeed a true world class data driven telco onto which VoLTE can find haven. Let's try to explore this "curious case" of Smile Telecom's new voice offering dubbed SmileVoice and how it impacts the current voice market in Uganda.