New Vodacom smartphone plans

Vodacom has taken the wraps off its new Smart contract price plans which include minutes, SMSes, and data

By - February 24, 2013
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Vodacom has started to offer a new set of smartphone contracts to subscribers taking up the BlackBerry Z10, and details on when they plan to make the deals more widely available emerged at their launch for the new BlackBerry device.

According to the deal sheets used by consultants to educate customers about the new data plans for the BlackBerry Z10, Vodacom will launch 7 new Smart plans in February 2013.

Its existing Smart plans (Smart Standard, Smart Advanced, etc.) will “no longer be communicated”, according to the document.

As with Vodacom’s previous contract plans for smartphones, the new Smart plans will also include an allocation of voice minutes, data, and SMSes.

While there is some conflicting information between the deal sheets and information MyBroadband received early last week, most of the details are corroborated:

New Vodacom Smart plans Monthly subscription Minutes SMSes Data (MB) OOB call rate OOB data rate OOB SMS rate
Smart S R199 75 150 75 R1.75 R1.00 R0.35
Smart M R299 120 240 120 R1.75 R1.00 R0.35
Smart L R499 250 500 250 R1.50 R1.00 R0.35
Smart XL R699 400 800 400 R1.50 R1.00 R0.35
Smart XXL R999 700 unlimited 700 R1.25 R1.00 N/A
Smart XXXL R1,599 1,200 unlimited 1,200 R1.25 R1.00 N/A
Smart VIP R1,999 1,500 unlimited 1,500 R1.00 R1.00 N/A
* All plans are billed per second; minutes are anytime, to any network

Earlier information suggested that the upper tier of packages that include unlimited SMSes would be named “Red Advantage”, “Red Premium”, “Red VIP”. It also indicated that the VIP package would include unlimited voice.

Outside of these differences, the prices and package details from the two sources match up.

Asked whether the deal sheets from the BlackBerry Z10 launch are the final form Vodacom’s new Smart packages will take, and when they will become generally available, the network declined to answer:

“We are working on a proposition that includes a range of exciting products and services. We believe these will provide great benefits to our contract customers. These propositions will be announced shortly,” said Enzo Scarcella, managing executive – postpay at Vodacom.

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