Everything is not sweet in Ghana. When it comes to European owned businesses and imperialism, there are several cases of inequality and scams. The only one I will touch on in this entry is Vodafone.
I was very skeptical of the Vodafone 40-40 plan from the start. The plan claims it will change all of your calls to only 8 peswas/ min (less then 8 cents a minute). Sounds good right, compared to 14 p./ min. WRONG! Because this rate only affects local calls. You still have to pay the same amount to call the states (which recently skyrocketed to 47 p. / min to call international cell phones and something around 16 p. / min for international landline calls). Also, without the 40-40 plan, you will receive a 75% bonus on the credit you purchase if you spend 10 GC or more. For example, if you pay 10 GC, you will actually receive 17.5 GC in credit. I did the math and I figured out that you get 125 min for local calls on the original plan and you also get 125 min for local calls on the 8 p/min plan (40-40 plan). The difference is that on the original plan, you are receiving 17.5 GC of credit compared to only 10 GC of credit on the 40-40 plan. On the 40-40 plan, you have less credit for text messaging and less credit for making international calls.
In conclusion, the 40-40 plan is a scam. If you are an international student or a person who makes even one international call, you are at a disadvantage. Also, if you are a person who sends one or more text messages, you are also at a disadvantage. The math is very easy to figure out. I called Vodafone and spoke to one of their representatives and asked them to do the math with me and they got the same results. 40-40 is a complete scam.
Vodafone is a European owned phone company that is receiving the majority of the profit (if not all) from Vodafone users in Ghana. I hope more Ghanaians are made aware about this 40-40 scam and I hope they do not fall into Vodafone’s trap.