Yeah, sort of. As far as I know the R50pm "device fee" doesn't automatically fall away like on cellphone contracts. I have been told you have to cancel, then apply for a new sim-only deal. This may lead to some downtime or over-paying as you have to give notice to cancel at month-end and order the new sim 9 days before you want a reconnection (maybe less if you stay in a metro). If you order the new sim around the 21st of the cancellation month, you will pay pro-rata ~30% of the monthly sub. At least then 30% of the new sim's data will roll-over into the new month.I've been looking at getting this for my parents and I think that I have the optimum solution.
Pay the R999 upfront plus R50 extra for the first 6 months.
Then 'downgrade' to the sim only option at R50 less per month.
It adds up to R 1 299 for the router, which isn't bad.
Am I correct in thinking that can work? Also, does it have to be 6 full months, what happens if I start in the middle of a month?
I guess it would have to be 6 full months, but you can verify after sign-up. You can schedule the cancellation on the online dashboard. It gives you a drop-down box to choose at which month-end to cancel, showing a device cancellation fee for the relevant months.