It is good to see some service providers are doing there best to show value for money with regards to there airtime options and call facilities, Cell C seem to be leading the way with regards to the above.However they seem to be neglecting the bottom line the most important issue and that is cost of bandwidth.
Excuse my naive approach on this issue but i cant help not to make a comparison with ADSL.
Afrihost has just been voted the leading ISP provider in South Africa....why? well quiet simple, great service and choice,giving people the option to choose what will suit there pockets, here is an example that just blows my mind.
Cost R24 (incl. VAT)
Bandwidth 1 GB
Recommended Use Usage over time
Connectivity Speed up to 10mbps*
Concurrent Connections 10
Data Validity 12 months
Email accounts with Webmail
Fibre Backbone (IS)
24/7 Telephonic Support (that actually works)
........................do the mathematics.............. for 10Gigs per month you will pay R 240.00
However on Cell C the story is completely different for 10GIGS per month you will have to fork out R1500.00
Please keep in mind the above costs do not include line rental or access fees just bandwidth.
Due to my location and Helkoms bad infrastructure access to a ADSL line is difficult, Cell C is my best option currently, I will give them a 7/10 for the speeds and latency that there networks are capable of delivering,they just need to work on stability!
Bottom line, choice we the consumers, the end users are not being given a choice we are being forced into a money making corner.
I appeal to all individuals and the representatives of Cell C concerned to make a concerted effort to bring choice with regards to Prepaid Smart Data Bundles.
The sad reality is within the next 6 months if pricing for bandwidth does not change for the better im going to have to get rid of the service completely which will be a very sad day.