Comparing mobile data prices and speeds in the UK to South African mobile networks

A year ago I bought this and it hit 384mbps VOXI 30GB Plan 10 -Standard Package (SIM only)Includes✓ 5G Enabled✓ VOXI Triple SIM✓ 30.00 GB data allowance✓ Unlimited texts✓ Unlimited minutes✓ Unlimited Social data allowance✓ Unlimited MMS✓ Unlimited Chat data allowanceDuration of plan30 days rollingData Speed: As fast as your device will allowPlan Costs :Standard cost (before discounts): £10.00 Upfront delivery cost: £0.00
 
A year ago I bought this and it hit 384mbps VOXI 30GB Plan 10 -Standard Package (SIM only)Includes✓ 5G Enabled✓ VOXI Triple SIM✓ 30.00 GB data allowance✓ Unlimited texts✓ Unlimited minutes✓ Unlimited Social data allowance✓ Unlimited MMS✓ Unlimited Chat data allowanceDuration of plan30 days rollingData Speed: As fast as your device will allowPlan Costs :Standard cost (before discounts): £10.00 Upfront delivery cost: £0.00
Dude, I almost flagged you for spam.
 
Next time buy a 1p sim.

£10 for 25GB and you're on EE, the fastest network. And you have EU roaming...
 
As a rural England guy I’m on the three network(Smarty). Not great, not ****.
In London it can be a bit hit and miss but is constantly being “upgraded” so rarely have an issue. Typically only really need it while seated on the underground which has good coverage.
From a cost perspective it is massively cheaper than South Africa and more importantly your data does not disappear magically.
 
the lack of esim in the UK is real - most shops there looked at me like I was a bit touched in the head and the one that did understand esim suggested adding me to my mate's contract (who has a vodaphone contact)
 
Sounds great, will definitely do for the coming holidays. Only issue is that it's not available as an eSIM, as far as I can tell. So off to the shops I guess.
I think they post the sims out - so order one a couple days before you go and have it sent to your destination
 
Usually these MVNOs get lower LTE QCI values so your performance will be much lower than if you were using a native postpaid sim card. The carriers view mvno's as a way to sell excess network capacity while providing their own customers best service.

It would be interesting if someone could do an article of QCI values in SA since it can make a huge difference. Here's an example of what carriers in the US do: https://fixverizon.com/2023/01/12/qci-prioritization-for-carriers-and-their-mvnos/
 
UK mobile data prices and speeds compared with Vodacom and MTN

I recently visited the United Kingdom and paid roughly the same for mobile data on an eSIM as I would have in South Africa.

However, the package I bought often performed poorly despite only being used in London, a major metropolitan area.
I live partly in the UK and partly in SA at the moment. I'm pretty certain that the best UK network is EE. Certainly in London. You can access prepaid EE through 1p, an incredibly cost effective ISP. Very cheap data and voice and no expiry. Only problem is that currently they only supply physical SIM cards and these have to be ordered online when you are in the UK and they are delivered by mail to your UK address.
 
I was in the UK in 2010 and used 3 and got great speeds at the time, taking into account that only HSPA was available back then. I got 11mbps then without issues. It was also quite affordable as I think I paid around £5 for 1GB. This was at a time where the most affordable mobile data in SA was 8ta's 3GB for R150.
 
that's the one I'm on :)

I’ve been trying to decide which network I’ll use once we move over next month. I was just going to use O2 and be done with it. But I’ll take a look at 1P. Thanks.
 
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