Uncapped broadband prices - Fibre, DSL, LTE, and 5G

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Uncapped broadband prices - Fibre, DSL, LTE, and 5G

On Sunday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced stricter lockdown regulations to fight the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in South Africa.

These interventions include a new curfew between 21:00 and 04:00 and a ban on alcohol sales and distribution.
 

Hellhound105

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My Fibre can go 200Mbps, can your Rain 5G 200Mbps go 200Mbps where you stay?
 

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There are a number of areas (generally where fibre is prevalent) where Rain 5G does get those speeds. Granted its not the majority but it does exist

So you are saying the article is in fact comparing "apples with apples". I don't agree.
 

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So you are saying the article is in fact comparing "apples with apples". I don't agree.
I never said that, the assertions were that Rain doesn't achieve those speeds, which is true for most areas but, as I said, there are some areas where it does.

I never compared 5G to fibre
 

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I never said that, the assertions were that Rain doesn't achieve those speeds, which is true for most areas but, as I said, there are some areas where it does.

I never compared 5G to fibre

Yes you didn't, but the article did group them by speeds. Thus making it look like the exact same products. Now an uninformed person would look at it and think why is one cheaper than the other.
So if you can get fibre at 200Mbps the person looking at acquiring a broadband connection needs to look if they can get a solid 200Mbps RAIN connection.

*Dought
 

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Yes you didn't, but the article did group them by speeds. Thus making it look like the exact same products. Now an uninformed person would look at it and think why is one cheaper than the other.
So if you can get fibre at 200Mbps the person looking at acquiring a broadband connection needs to look if they can get a solid 200Mbps RAIN connection.

*Dought

I'm with you there - they should have grouped LTE, 5G, even Wireless as its own grouping as an alternative to Fibre - but then that wouldn't get the clicks...
 

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I am totally frustrated. I live in a complex in Plumstead, Cape Town which is in a tiny blackspot for Fibre. We signed with a fibre supplier to connect our complex in November last year, but to date nothing is happening as they are struggling to get permissions from the council. I am in the interim using LTE. The service is excellent, but even a 100gb cap is too little in this lockdown and uncapped LTE is horrendously expensive. Streaming etc is out of the question. Rain have informed me that they are now in my area and I am seriously considering switching to them, but I am hesitant as their customer service seems to be a problem. I am at a loss as what to do. I can't tell the Fibre supplier to go jump as there is no other supplier that services our area. What is even more frustrating is that I look out my lounge window at the houses across the road who are in a Fibre covered area. :-(
 

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There are a number of areas (generally where fibre is prevalent) where Rain 5G does get those speeds. Granted its not the majority but it does exist

I have no limit and average is around 250. Best its been is around 450. What I'm getting at is this article was probably researched with info from RAIN. This sounds like a setup for a RAIN 5G premium + BS @ R1499 for 200Mbps.

Anyways I still maintain 100Mbps is NOT 5G!
 

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I am totally frustrated. I live in a complex in Plumstead, Cape Town which is in a tiny blackspot for Fibre. We signed with a fibre supplier to connect our complex in November last year, but to date nothing is happening as they are struggling to get permissions from the council. I am in the interim using LTE. The service is excellent, but even a 100gb cap is too little in this lockdown and uncapped LTE is horrendously expensive. Streaming etc is out of the question. Rain have informed me that they are now in my area and I am seriously considering switching to them, but I am hesitant as their customer service seems to be a problem. I am at a loss as what to do. I can't tell the Fibre supplier to go jump as there is no other supplier that services our area. What is even more frustrating is that I look out my lounge window at the houses across the road who are in a Fibre covered area. :-(

Which Rain service is now available? 4G or 5G? If you can get 5G get it and try it for a month - granted you have to pay the R999 but they unfortunately don't have a try-before you buy option. i THINK they do refund you though if you cancel in the first 30days
 

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Forgot Rain 4G - R479. Can't believe that fibre is still so expensive in this day and age.
 

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Which Rain service is now available? 4G or 5G? If you can get 5G get it and try it for a month - granted you have to pay the R999 but they unfortunately don't have a try-before you buy option. i THINK they do refund you though if you cancel in the first 30days
They have sent me an email saying I am now in a 5G area. I sent them a query on Saturday asking for confirmation, but I am still waiting for a response. Thanks for the suggestion I might give it a go.
 

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They have sent me an email saying I am now in a 5G area. I sent them a query on Saturday asking for confirmation, but I am still waiting for a response. Thanks for the suggestion I might give it a go.

Also ping @rain_mobile or @rain_networks on here - they are quite helpful where they can. Might even be able to let you know how close you are to a tower and this may help with speeds.
 

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**Unlimited data Fair Use Policy of 200GB applies to MTN 5G data plans, throttled at 1Mbps once the fair use has been reached and 200GB Night Express (hard cap). If the user is not in a 5G coverage area, it will seamlessly drop to best quality network available (i.e. 4G/3G/2G).
Night Express data may be used between 00:01 and 04:59 only. Night Express data is valid for 1 month and received monthly for the duration of the contract period.

Is MTN okay?
 

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They have sent me an email saying I am now in a 5G area. I sent them a query on Saturday asking for confirmation, but I am still waiting for a response. Thanks for the suggestion I might give it a go.
Hi RIC007GP, if you have not already could i ask you to provide me with your address , if you want you can send it via PM so i can just double check for you
 
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