Alternatives to Telkom Free Me contracts?

Nimz

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Our business currently makes use of the Telkom Free Me 1GB contracts (R99 p/m) which offers:

1GB data
50 SMS
*Unlimited calls to each other and other Telkom numbers
Free social media (Whats App, Facebook etc)
We give our staff a R100 spend limit for other network calls

Now our business makes use of the contract in the following ways:
- Calls to each other and the office
- The free social media (to send us images from site via Whats App)
- 1GB data for certain apps we need to use for the industry as well as navigation etc

Are there any other service providers that offer such a deal for a similar price?
The reason for looking at alternatives is because of the new roaming agreement - we cannot get through to staff as well as data does not work in a few areas now.

Number of staff members issued sim cards: 10-15

Owner and manager also need to be moved and we are on the Unlimited & 20GB plan which I think is R1005 p/m and R605pm
 

pboy

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try the family plan with telkom...you should score there!
 

pboy

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What issues? Don't drink the Kool aid man, very few people are effected. Also with ur freeme data you can roam , that data there is not Telkom only.
 

Nimz

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What issues? Don't drink the Kool aid man, very few people are effected. Also with ur freeme data you can roam , that data there is not Telkom only.

lol I don't know what "Kool Aid" you've been drinking but clearly i'm not the only 1 with issues since the roaming partner changed

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marioat1

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Our business currently makes use of the Telkom Free Me 1GB contracts (R99 p/m) which offers:

1GB data
50 SMS
*Unlimited calls to each other and other Telkom numbers
Free social media (Whats App, Facebook etc)
We give our staff a R100 spend limit for other network calls

Now our business makes use of the contract in the following ways:
- Calls to each other and the office
- The free social media (to send us images from site via Whats App)
- 1GB data for certain apps we need to use for the industry as well as navigation etc

Are there any other service providers that offer such a deal for a similar price?
The reason for looking at alternatives is because of the new roaming agreement - we cannot get through to staff as well as data does not work in a few areas now.

Number of staff members issued sim cards: 10-15

Owner and manager also need to be moved and we are on the Unlimited & 20GB plan which I think is R1005 p/m and R605pm
Keep the free me contracts and issue dual sim phones. Issue a data sim from mtn to each for back up data.
 
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Nurple Derple

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Telkom now offers 100 all-net minutes for an additional R40.

Sad to say OP switching to another network will drastically increase your costs.
 

Nimz

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Okay so i managed to find some kind of alternative with MTN Business

Their S package gives you 100 anytime minutes, SMS's and 1.5GB data for R110 p/m which doesn't seem too bad but no mention if it allows free calls to MTN numbers

Will likely take their Sky packages for the unlimited as it is the same price for roughly the same thing unless I can find a better deal elsewhere
 

Gaz{M}

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If you have roaming issues, turn off "Data Roaming" on your phone. It used to be necessary when they were roaming on MTN, but now with Vodacom, you must turn off this feature, otherwise your phones will camp on 2G and never connect to 3G or 4G if their signals aren't great.

Or you can also try "WCDMA only" or "3G only" mobile network settings to force the phone to always use 3G (which is available everywhere).
 

Dairyfarmer

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Not sure if you are trying to be rude or serious, Anyway:

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3G coverage
Being serious. VC sucks in the areas where a third of SA population live. If it's not in a metro area or within 5 km of an N road, you are lucky to get anything that resembles 3G, even when it says 3G on your screen.

See my post (#8) above
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And BTW these signals are coming from a shared tower LOS approximately 3Km away.
 
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