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The reason the poor pay more is because the rich can afford to avoid paying standard mobile network charges for SMS and voice services in favour of data-based services such as WhatsApp and Skype.
Poor South Africans pay more for telecommunications services than the wealthy do, researchers and activists told attendees of a recent Right2Know event.
This article is BS. They are saying that SMS is poor people tax because they cannot use Whatsapp? Many feature phones have Whatsapp now, and they only cost a few hundred Rand. This is definitely within reach of most cellphone owners. There is nothing stopping anybody from using data based services. And it is only because of "rich"people that data (and sms's and voice calls) are as cheap as they are now.