8ta 10GB special versus ADSL pricing

8ta recently launched their 10GB for R199 promotion. This is how 8ta’s mobile broadband pricing compares to similar ADSL offerings


8.ta yesterday (23 June 2011) announced their low cost mobile broadband promotions, which the company hopes will boost Internet usage in South Africa.

The new 8ta Internet 5 Promotion offers subscribers a 10GB data bundle at R199 per month, with the option of an additional 10GB Midnight Surfer data bundle at R100 per month for use between 12am and 5am.

“Subscribers will be getting 20GB’s of data at R299 and will therefore be paying as little as 1.5 cents per MB – the lowest mobile broadband rate available in South Africa,” said Amith Maharaj, Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile.

“While the sale of the offer will be for a limited time, it is important to note that customers who sign up will be eligible for the Internet 5 promotional price as well as the Midnight Surfer price for the full 24 months,” Maharaj said.

To prevent bill shock, 8.ta provides users with a ‘safety net’ to check balances and make out-of-bundle purchase decisions in real-time using the redirect functionality. Subscribers on the Internet 5 Promotion and Midnight Surfer have the option to purchase a once-off bundle or utilise out of bundle rates.

“We have removed the modem from the offer so that customers have the freedom to utilise their existing compatible modems or buy a compatible modem that suits their needs”, adds Maharaj.

Amith Maharaj

Amith Maharaj

A Huawei E173, 7.2 Mbps modem is available from 8ta at R349 while a 21Mbps Huawei E367 modem is priced at R699.

The offer will be available from Sunday 26 June at 8.ta flagship stores, selected Telkom Direct stores, via the 8ta Call Center, using the 8ta website and from Nashua Mobile.

8ta Internet 5 Promotion versus Telkom ADSL

8ta’s new Internet 5 Promotion offers far better value for money than any other mobile broadband offering in South Africa, with pricing as low as 1.4c per MB.

An even more interesting fact is that 8ta’s new broadband promotion is far more affordable than any of Telkom’s ADSL services when also bundling 10GB of data with it.

The following table provides a comparison of the total cost of the 8ta and comparable services for a 24 month period – including line rental, ADSL access, data bundles, installation and modems.

Service Speed Data (GB) Monthly Cost Total 24 month cost
8ta 7.2 Mbps 10 R199 R5,325
Telkom ADSL 384 Kbps 10 R475 R12,035
Telkom ADSL 1 Mbps 10 R649 R16,211
Telkom ADSL 10 Mbps 10 R736 R18,299
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