Beware R351,550 per GB roaming charge

FiestaST

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Lekker hey...

Why not use the no-brainer idea & use a bloody local SIM...:wtf:
 

LazyLion

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WTH! :wtf: that is just criminal. Those operators should be arrested! :mad:
 

quovadis

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Why do these articles always seem like sponsored *cough* content *cough* ?
 

system32

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Peak data per GB (a more realistic measurement)
[PINK] is the max per country
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Best never to use roaming.
Buy local sim card.
 

airborne

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Peak data per GB (a more realistic measurement)
[PINK] is the max per country
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Best never to use roaming.
Buy local sim card.
What exactly motivates those ludicrous prices, if using a local sim/network is a single digit percentage of those peak rates and the roaming take place on those exact same networks where does the markup come from. Is it the roaming network or the Sa network that's outrageously price gouging?
 

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What exactly motivates those ludicrous prices, if using a local sim/network is a single digit percentage of those peak rates and the roaming take place on those exact same networks where does the markup come from. Is it the roaming network or the Sa network that's outrageously price gouging?

The roaming network
 

Bryn

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I have little sympathy for anyone nailed when roaming. Everyone knows you don't use a South African sim card in another country unless you specifically have a roaming deal in place. It took me around 10 minutes to find a cafe in London, buy a prepaid Lycamobile sim card, load airtime in it, WhatsApp my friends and family my new temporary number and start using my phone. £10 airtime lasted for 11 days, and allowed a lot of calls and data use for Google Maps. The balance hardly decreased at all after each call home.
 

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I have little sympathy for anyone nailed when roaming. Everyone knows you don't use a South African sim card in another country unless you specifically have a roaming deal in place. It took me around 10 minutes to find a cafe in London, buy a prepaid Lycamobile sim card, load airtime in it, WhatsApp my friends and family my new temporary number and start using my phone. £10 airtime lasted for 11 days, and allowed a lot of calls and data use for Google Maps. The balance hardly decreased at all after each call home.

Try that in Germany :(
 

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What exactly motivates those ludicrous prices, if using a local sim/network is a single digit percentage of those peak rates and the roaming take place on those exact same networks where does the markup come from. Is it the roaming network or the Sa network that's outrageously price gouging?

The roaming network

Yeah? Make it illegal to charge these rates (local legislation or regulations, or even a well funded CPA case) and see how quick those roaming networks drop their rates rather than get removed. It happened in Europe, but they've got an actual regulator, whereas we have ICASA (the I stands for incompetent).

Of course the local networks have no reason to change anything - their "mere" 20% markup is a lot tastier when calculated on R300 000 a gig, than on R300 a gig.
 

system32

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What exactly motivates those ludicrous prices, if using a local sim/network is a single digit percentage of those peak rates and the roaming take place on those exact same networks where does the markup come from. Is it the roaming network or the Sa network that's outrageously price gouging?
Sick that for a download of an HD movie will cost R351,550 - more than an RDP house.
Would be interesting to see who gets the R351,550.
Is it the local network or the roaming network.
Either way - it's unjustified.
 

twhitehead

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What exactly motivates those ludicrous prices,
The fact that they can get away with it.

When the people affected by price gouging are not numerous enough to cause a stink, the practice continues indefinitely.

In addition, everyone in a given country blames foreign operators and not their own.
 
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