Best and worst mobile data deals in SA

Mobile operators around the world are fighting for market share in the mobile data market to compensate for struggling voice revenues.

In South Africa the situation is no different, with Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom attracting customers through bundled data and smartphone/tablet deals.

Looking at SIM only data deals, especially on contract, mobile data prices are very similar between the four operators.

Mobile data prices have also not changed much over the last few years. Since MTN and Vodacom launched its new contract deals in early 2013, prices have stayed almost unchanged.

There were, however, some price changes from Cell C and Telkom, while MWEB, Axxess, and Afrihost also launched their own mobile data products.

The following table provides an overview of the best pricing for mobile data in South Africa.

Mobile data prices
Operator Data package After-hours data Monthly price
Axxess 500MB 0MB R29
Telkom 500MB 1.5GB R39
Cell C 500MB 1GB R39
Vodacom 500MB 500MB R39
MTN 500MB 500MB R39
Axxess 1GB 0GB R49
Telkom 1GB 3GB R59
MWEB 1GB 0GB R65
Cell C 1GB 2GB R69
Vodacom 1GB 1GB R69
MTN 1GB 1GB R69
Axxess 2GB 0GB R79
MWEB 2GB 0GB R89
Telkom 2.5GB 7.5GB R99
Cell C 2GB 3GB R99
Vodacom 2GB 2GB R99
MTN 2GB 2GB R99
Telkom 2.5GB 7.5GB R99
Cell C 3GB 4GB R159
MWEB 3GB 0GB R165
Vodacom 3GB 3GB R169
MTN 3GB 3GB R169
Cell C 5GB 15GB R199
Telkom 5GB 15GB R199
Vodacom 5GB 5GB R259
MTN 5GB 5GB R249
MWEB 5GB 0GB R295
Telkom 10GB 10GB R299
Axxess 12GB 0GB R379
Cell C 10GB 10GB R449
MTN 9GB 9GB R449
Vodacom 10GB 10GB R499
Axxess 20GB 0GB R579
MTN 18GB 18GB R849
Cell C 20GB 20GB R949
Vodacom 20GB 20GB R999

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