Orange has launched Home talk, a wireless fixed voice service targeted at households and Small Office Home Office (SoHo) customers. The pre-paid service, which will be provided via a plug and play desk top phone at a one-time device cost of KSh 4,500, will also allow the user to enjoy high voice quality using a phone number similar to traditional landline numbers.
The service will be initially available for new fixed lines in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret. Over and above HomeTalk, Orange will continue to launch additional fixed voice offers before the end of the year for those customers that prefer a postpaid service.
Orange CEO Mickael Ghossein said that customers currently on its Telkom Fixed line PSTN service are free to move with their existing landline numbers to this new service, in the final phase of the Home Talk roll out.
Ghossein said that the wireless solution will also allow Orange customers to enjoy uninterrupted service since the service will not be at the risk of cable cuts.
Customers on Home Talk will purchase monthly bundles, with 30 day validity periods, at KSh 750 per month. This offering will enable them enjoy Orange mobile rates: KSh 2 for on-net calls, KSh 3 off-net calls as opposed to the KSh 6 for on-net calls and KSh 12 for off-net calls on the Telkom fixed landlines.
Home Talk customers will also get 10 hours of free talk time to 3 preferred Orange mobile numbers and 5 hours of free talk time to all numbers on Telkom Fixed and Orange Wireless. Additional services traditionally available on mobile lines such as voice mail, missed call alert, airtime transfer will also be available on Home talk.