Safaricom and Celtel both received internet gateway licenses which will enables them to bypass Telkom on international calls.
While Celtel promises some good things for consumers in the future, Safaricom immediately launched 888 VoIP service with calling costs of 30 shillings per minute (to US, Canada, Australia, Europe, others) 40 (around East Africa) and 50 (to India, others) – all billed per second.
I have made a few calls and the quality is quite good. More details here on the service, including some rather harsh terms and conditions.
Also today Safaricom cell phones started displaying location messages – You look at your phone screen and it says where you are at the moment e.g. “Nairobi West”, “Upper Hill”, and “City Center”.