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MTN brings back Mahala Calls for prepaid subscribers

From tomorrow, MTN will be bringing back Mahala Calls as part of the MTN Zone offering, just in time for long summer days and holiday trips. MTN knows how important it is to stay in touch with loved ones and is always looking at ways to make this easier and more affordable for customers. MTN's latest offering does just that.

Mahala Calls is a new recharge and get promotion for all MTN Zone customers, both Prepaid and TopUp, on the network. To get this offer, MTN Zone customers need to opt-in by dialling *175*0# and make a daily recharge of R10 or more to receive free minutes, up to one hour to make MTN to MTN calls. Customers can use the free minutes during the Mahala call hour in their current location.

MTN Zone is a prepaid per-second billing price plan that offers of up to 100% discounts on calls and SMSes. Discounts are driven by dynamic demand, which is determined by the caller's location and the time of day. Through this offer, MTN will be providing its MTN Zone subscribers the added value of more voice minutes to use to call their loved ones.

"Our uptake of MTN Zone, since it launched in December 2007, has been phenomenal and we've seen up to 14 million customers enjoying this value-adding product," says Jacqui O'Sullivan, Executive: Corporate Affairs, MTN SA. "We've listened to our customers, we know they love Mahala Calls and we are proud to bring them back this summer to offer our customers more opportunities to stay connected to their friends and families."

How it works

* If you are not an MTN Zone subscriber, you will first need to migrate to MTN Zone by dialling *136*4*2#. * Opt-in to Mahala Calls by dialling *175*0#. * Recharge with R10 or more. * An SMS confirming your new balance and Mahala Calls minutes balance will be sent to you. * You will also be notified at the beginning of the Mahala hour to make your free MTN to MTN calls.

Below is the breakdown of the Mahala Calls offering.


MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN".

As at the end of 30 June 2010, MTN recorded 129.2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia. The MTN Group is a global sponsor of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa and has exclusive mobile content rights for Africa and the Middle East. Visit and