JOHANNESBURG/LUSAKA — Inside a packed Vodafone 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 will not be able to get a voice plan to talk over the network since Vodacom’s UK-owner does not have a licence for that."The coming of Vodafone is long overdue," Anthony Kambeu, a student at University of Zambia, said outside the store, which opened in June. "The other networks have been exploiting us — poor service, high prices, everything."Kambeu said the Vodafone packages were good value even without voice, although he hoped the company would eventually be able to provide that as well.Vodafone’s data price of 250 kwacha ($25) for 10GB is almost two-thirds less than that offered by other providers, which include the local units of SA’s MTN and India’s Bharti Airtel, according to the companies’ websites. While Vodafone’s data bundle...

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