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So Che Bundles data volume has been reduced

Airtel reduces data bundles, So Che

So Che bundles have been the go-to offer for Airtel subscribers in Zambia. When Airtel released the offer back in 2016, people were happy with it because of the low prices on the packages. You may have liked So Che more when Airtel increased the number of minutes in the packages by 50%, but you won’t like what has happened. Airtel has reduced the data volume by 50% on all So Che monthly packages.

My So Che headache

I didn’t get the memo that Airtel had reduced bundles until four days ago when I bought my monthly on-net (Airtel – Airtel) and all-net (Airtel – All networks) minutes in Zambia. The minutes were there as expected, but I was shocked to open my messages app and notice that I was missing half my data allocation. I dialed *140# and selected option 6 to view my So Che balance, and it was still the same.

As a blogger, I live the majority of my life online, and I treasure data bundles more than the calling minutes. I use the minutes to call my old school clients that don’t use WhatsApp. Anyway, I didn’t give up quickly based on just checking my So Che balance, I redialed *140# to view the data volumes on the K110 on-net and K100 all-net packages. I realised that Airtel had reduced the data volume allocation on all So Che packages.

Old vs. Current So Che prices and volumes

If you want to buy a So Che pack, then take note of the change in data volumes in the table below. I took the liberty of colour coding green for the old data volumes and red for the new data volumes.

So Che On-Net Packages

So Che On-net

Daily (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
2

3

5

10

15

11

20

35

75

120

25

25

75

75

75

100

100

100

100

100

Daily (New)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
2

3

5

10

15

11

20

35

75

120

10

15

25

50

50

100

200

200

200

200

Weekly (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
5

10

15

30

50

75

25

60

95

220

375

480

100

150

200

300

300

300

1000

1000

3000

1000

3000

3000

Price K Minutes Data SMS

Weekly (New)

5

10

15

30

50

75

25

60

95

220

375

480

25

50

100

150

150

150

100

100

200

400

400

400

Monthly (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
50

65

110

160

210

400

310

425

750

1100

1500

3100

500

500

1024

1024

2048

2048

1000

2000

5000

5000

5000

5000

Monthly (New)

50

65

110

160

210

400

310

425

750

1100

1500

3100

250

250

500

500

1024

1024

500

500

1000

1000

1000

1000

So Che All-Net Packages

So Che All-net

Daily (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
2

4

5

6

10

15

8

15

35

26

45

70

25

25

75

75

75

75

50

100

1000

100

100

100

Daily (New)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
2

4

5

6

10

15

8

15

35

26

45

70

10

15

25

25

50

50

50

100

100

100

100

100

Weekly (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
6

10

15

30

50

75

20

35

55

120

210

328

100

150

200

300

300

300

100

100

100

200

200

200

Weekly (New)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
6

10

15

30

50

75

20

35

55

120

210

328

35

50

100

150

150

150

100

100

100

200

200

200

Monthly (Old)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
100

150

200

360

500

450

725

1000

1900

2800

500

500

500

500

500

500

500

500

500

500

Monthly (New)

Price K Minutes Data SMS
100

150

200

360

500

450

725

1000

1900

2800

250

250

250

250

250

500

500

500

500

500

 

It still beats me why Airtel reduced the data allocations on So Che. I don’t know if this is because they are trying to push the Zambian subscriber to purchase packages from their latter promotion Ikali. Ikali is different as packages are generated based on usage and spending habits of the customer. Ikali is both good and bad, depending on who’s buying a package.

In conclusion

Chaopena na So Che has been an outstanding offer on Airtel and is one of the best in Zambia from my perspective. Although I am beginning to worry for the future of the offer, Cheza 4eva is on my radar. As a loyal Airtel subscriber, I hope there’s a change to the offer or better promotion to combine minutes and data in the works. I guess you are using a So Che pack or Ikali bundles to view this article if you are on Airtel.

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