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Vodafone Uganda shifts focus from Voice to VoIP; Meet Vodafone Chat+ app

John Ndego (2L) CEO Vodafone Uganda and Jackie Namara (3R) the Head of Marketing interact with the Vodafone Brand Ambassadors during the launch of the Vodafone Youth Program at Kampala International University

Looks like Vodafone Uganda is shifting it’s focus from Voice – a market that’s already crowded with many players and dominated by MTN Uganda – to VoIP, via an app that has it all.

Enter the Vodafone Chat+ App. Vodafone Chat+ allows you to make free High Definition app-to-app voice calls, send free messages to other Vodafone Chat+ users and enjoy High Definition video calls. As well as share files such as pictures, video clips and music on the go. However, Video Calls and content transfer are charged at normal Data rates.

Vodafone Uganda claims that the purpose of the app is not to compete with the heavy weights of the Instant Messaging and Chatting business but to lock in student communities and allow non Vodafone customers to try Vodafone quality of data services, although the Chat+ app offers some functionality competitive to WhatsApp, Skype and Messenger.

During a recent press conference at Kampala International University, John Ndego, the CEO Vodafone Uganda, said the major focus for Vodafone Uganda will be on digital, using the power of internet to tap into the younger generations’ potential.

Like it is with IM Giant WhatsApp, Chat+ will sync with your Contact list and show them within the app. Chat+ users will appear in your contacts list with a status icon next to their Display Picture.

One of the biggest catch with the Chat+ App so far is that it offers ‘0 rated data usage’ for calls within the app, as long as you have an active data bundle. Just like the Self- Care App we reviewed earlier.

But how does the Chat+ App compare to the heavyweight? Let’s take a look…

Chat+ App compared with the current leaders in the IM and chat business. Credit Vodafone.

Check out the App on the Play Store.


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