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Vodafone uses voiceless African plans to lure tech-savvy youth

Africans welcome more competition to help push down prices that MTN Group and Bharti Airtel have enjoyed

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Johannesburg-based Vodacom Group Ltd is South Africa's biggest wireless operator by local customer numbers.

Johannesburg

INSIDE a packed Vodafone Group Plc store in the Zambian capital of Lusaka, a group of the city's tech-savvy students wait in line for wireless modems they hope will transform their ability to surf the Internet.  They don't even care that they won't be able to get a voice plan