Don’t be a broadband bonehead

Look at the following broadband prices before you sign any broadband contract

March 1, 2012
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Most of South Africa’s broadband providers have reduced their prices or launched promotions over the last few months. Knowledgeable consumers are making the most of these price cuts, but some may make an ill-informed choice if they don’t check all prices first.

Sound advice is to always look at all the available offers before making a decision, and that is particularly relevant in the fast changing SA broadband market.

Just in case you don’t want to spend time on investigating all options, here are some caveats to avoid when buying an ADSL or mobile data package.

Telkom ADSL

Telkom’s bundled Do Broadband offerings – which offers a one price ADSL access and data solution – give much better value for money than purchasing the individual components.

However, many consumers prefer to pay a bit more for the freedom to easily change from one ISP account to the next to serve their needs – completely understandable.

What is not particularly bright is to purchase any data package over 20GB from Telkom. A 20GB ADSL data package from Telkom costs R239, while a 40GB bundle costs R630 – more than double the cost of the 20GB package.

Telkom AllAccess ADSL ISP accounts
Account Blended data Local data Price
Telkom AllAccess 20GB 20GB 30GB R239
2 x Telkom AllAccess 20GB 40GB 60GB R478
Telkom AllAccess 40GB 40GB 30GB R630
3 x Telkom AllAccess 20GB 60GB 90GB R717
Telkom AllAccess 50GB 50GB 30GB R810

MTN mobile broadband

MTN has various mobile broadband promotions, and unless you are familiar with these options it may cost you.

The table below highlights some of the caveats to watch out for. It is clear that you should really only consider the MTN 2GB for R149 promotion or MTN’s Uncapped Lite product for R289.

Package Data Price
MTN 300MB 0.3GB R149
MTN 2GB promotion 2GB R149
MTN 1GB 1GB R289
MTN Uncapped Lite 3GB (uncapped 256kbps) R289
MTN 2GB TopUp 2GB R389

Vodacom mobile data

Vodacom is currently running two promotions: R99 for a 1GB data package and R149 for a 2GB package. It is easy to sum up the best decision: Buy one of these two services or you will make a silly choice.

Package Data Night Owl data Price
Vodacom 1GB + 1GB promotion 1GB 1GB R99
Vodacom MyMeg 250 0.25GB 0.25GB R99
Vodacom MyMeg 500 0.5GB 0.5GB R149
MyGig 1 Advanced 1GB 1GB R285
Vodacom 2GB + 2GB promotion 2GB 2GB R149
Vodacom MyMeg 500 0.5GB 0.5GB R149
MyGig 1 Advanced 1GB 1GB R285
MyGig 2 Advanced 2GB 2GB R385

8ta mobile data

8ta is currently running a few data promotions, and like Vodacom you will be well advised to look no further than these promotions to get the best value for money.

Package Data Price
Go Big 3GB prepaid promotion 2GB (+1GB after hours) R149
1GB prepaid 1GB R200
2GB prepaid 2GB R266
Go Big 10GB contract promotion 10GB R199
Internet 2 1.5GB R210
Internet 4 5GB R666
Internet 6 10GB R1200
Go 120GB big prepaid 60 GB (+60GB after hours) R1800

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