Safaricom customers to pay more for SIM Cards in new changes

The price of SIM cards has seen a 100% increase following new tax measures

Safaricom customers to pay for more Sim Cards in new changes

Telecommunications service provider Safaricom has raised the price of SIM cards from Sh50 to Sh100.

Safaricom announced the news stating that from Friday July 15, customers will be buying SIM cards for Sh100 which includes the 50 compulsory airtime after the enactment 2022 Finance Act.

Previously the Safaricom SIM card was free and one would only be needed to pay the Sh50 airtime top-up to activate.

Customers will purchase the SIM cards at Sh50 with an additional purchase of Sh50 airtime required to top up and activate the line for the first time, for a total of Sh100. Currently, SIM cards are issued for free with a first-time top-up of Sh50 airtime to activate the line,” the company stated.

Safaricom also stated that prices of imported phones will be raised to contemplate a 10% excise tax introduced in the Finance Act, and a 25 per cent import duty introduced by the East African Community (EAC) under Common External Tariff.

The Government of Kenya has implemented a Sh50 excise tax on SIM cards and a 10 per cent excise tax on imported phones as part of the Finance Act 2022. In addition, the East African Community has applied a 25 per cent import duty on phones as part of the Common External Tariff," the urgency added.

Due to the increase of taxes different brands of the phones that Safaricom deals in will be forced to increase its prices.

These developments comes a few days after Safaricom announced that it will deploy the services of external debt collectors in its new zero interest credit service product Faraja.

The company will involve external debt collectors who will be forced not only to engage defaulters with external collectors but also handover the defaulters’ details to the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).

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