"Chinese Maths", and it was in reality 'ol Steve whose maths was defective - with Steve claiming an average 24% reduction in ADSL pricing, when in fact it was only 12%.
<added>It was not SIM cards, it was PCMCIA HSDPA Data Cards, i.e. modems.</added>
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Sorry to say, but this post is almost starting to sound like "mybroadband" is owned by Vodacom. no criticism allowed ?? what was originally said, is something which is talked about outside of this forum by most users, no-one is 100% happy with what we are getting, but "beggers can't be choosers" the service providers aren't really in competition with each other, all has close enough the same prices, it only depended on what name you liked, your current provider, what you got for free..... And as to the "free " swopout..... firstly I definitely used way more data the moment I got onto HSDPA, and secondly, what happened to the old cards ? was it donated to people to help get them connected (or generate more income, depending which way you look at it) that would have meant a cost to Vodacom. (or investment) In any case just my 2c worth.
The criticising posts haven't been deleted so criticism is definitely allowed, we're just free to disagree with it. There definitely are valid criticisms to be made, but that doesn't mean all criticism is automatically valid. Not sure what happened to the old cards but whether they were given away or sold the fact remains that they were worth much less than the HSDPA cards that were given out.
BTW, I think Internet Solutions is renting out quite a few of those old vanilla-3G PCMCIA data card modems - for Csnoopy's benefit, SIM cards and data cards are not the same thing.
reveals all. Remember those IS packages being quite expensive, think they charged quite expensive setup fees etc.
We do get beaten up on an ongoing basis and when it's deserved, it's deserved. But when it's unfairly so, I'll set the record straight. You'll also find that forumites often remind each other to play the ball and not the man.
Debate is just that; just because I represent Vodacom does not mean I need to keep quiet and let VC get beaten up unfairly. Thus I'll speak my mind (just like everyone else!). I do tend to get hot under the collar when a question is asked, I answer it, and someone who clearly has got no clue decides my answer is a lie. And then refuse to back it up.
If I'm going to to come here and tell lies, it'll be exposed pretty quickly. Even the school kids in Dullview seem to know more than me...
I believe this policy of openness is working well and both the forum and Vodacom benefits from the interaction.
I think most of those old 3G cards found their way into more needy channels. Don't think they ever got resold.
You should also consider the effect on the network, caused by this free swap-out. When HSDPA was launched, 3G was a year old, so all the cards were still in their first 24 month cycle. New contracts would obviously be HSDPA but it would give us a year to upgrade the back-haul to cater for the 384->1800 jump in bandwidth.
But the decision to swap out created a situation where the network, literally overnight, had to jump in capacity. No easy task, actually pretty impossible. And although Prom claims this is how you SAVE money, you know what your Telkom bill is going to look like when your required bandwidth jumps by a factor 4 or 5 overnight. With no extra revenue to offset against it.
I also vaguely remember that Internet Solutions referred to those vanilla-3G data cards, as being "refurbished", which makes me wonder if those data cards might have originally have been from MTN, I also remember that IS was charging customers waaay too much for using those refurbished data cards. It's a small mystery, but not one that particularly interests me.
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