How much you really pay for 1GB of data when you let it expire

quovadis

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How do the operators forecast last minute data binges and the resultant artificial increase in demand due to users knowing their bundle will expire?
 

DXL

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These explanations given for the disparity in pricing has no merits whatsoever and the mobile operators continue to provide dishonest feedback to end-users.

The long and short of it all is that they want a reason to rip the consumer off.

https://www.jio.com/

Jio Defies anyones justification for high prices.
 

system32

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Article forgot to mention if you consume your allocated data, the OOB kicks in and steals your airtime/bank balance at R2000/GB (R2/MB).

For example, a 1GB data bundle valid for 1 week costs R70, while a 1GB bundle from the same network which is valid for 30 days costs R149.

The reason for this is that the shorter lifespan of a bundle makes it easier for a mobile network to forecast the data usage of a subscriber.
So how do they forecast that I use my bundle in 1 day?
Or if I buy a 200GB/365 day bundle (Cell-C) and use it up in 10 days?

Networks are just making excuses to steal money from the consumer.
They need to comply with the CPA and pre-paid (vouchers) should be valid for 3 years.
Electricty vouchers, even when redeemed, don't expire.
Cell-data should not expire.
 

Swa

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This forecast excuse is bull. Networks don't provision for data usage in that way. Data "expiry" is the biggest con. No wait, does anybody remember airtime windows? The way to steal your money that fell away without costs increasing. Our big two has a history of scamming consumers.
 

WAslayer

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How do mobile operators phone us up, trying to sell 2 year data contracts with a monthly price the same as some bundle you purchase once off and then get 5 times the data..?

Example: Friday I get called and offered a 2 year data contract at 149rand a month for 5GB of data.. In comparison, I would pay 149rand for a once off 1GB data bundle that expires in 30 days..

To me, this just makes it clear that there is obvious room for making prepaid data bundles much cheaper..
 

Swa

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The best one for me is the sms I get every Friday telling me to dial a number and achieve my goal by SUNDAY. They're really desperate pawning off crap on us instead of just giving what we want.
 
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