Mobile data prices compared

On 30 October 2013 MWEB announced that it signed an Access Point Name (APN) agreement with Cell C to offer its own customised mobile data packages to its customers.

MWEB’s prices are in line with those of Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C, raising questions about why consumers will sign up for this product.

MWEB explained that its month to month and 12 month deals are attractive, considering that its competitors offer 24 month contract terms at these prices.

MWEB added that they also have great launch specials for existing MWEB customers.

“MWEB has a unique advantage in that we can look after all your internet needs, fixed, mobile, or WiFi, making it easier for our customers from a service, support and set up perspective,” MWEB said.

MWEB also downplayed concerns about Cell C’s network. “MWEB has been reselling Cell C for close to a year now and we have not experienced any “more” coverage issues on Cell C versus the other mobile operators,” said MWEB.

“We do not believe coverage is an issue at all, in fact we are very happy with the Cell C network and how they listen to customer queries and work with us to resolve them if necessary.”

Mobile data prices compared

MWEB’s entrance into the mobile data market raises the question on which providers offer the best deals. The following table answers that question.

Month to month, prepaid data
Provider Anytime data (GB) After hours, extra data (GB) Price
MWEB 0.5 0 R39
Afrihost 0.5 0 R58
Telkom Mobile 0.5 0 R69
Cell C 0.5 0 R75
Vodacom 0.5 0 R99
MTN 0.5 0.25 R99
MWEB 1 0 R69
Afrihost 1 0 R99
Telkom Mobile 1 0 R119
Vodacom 1 0 R149
MTN 1 0.5 R149
Cell C 1 0 R149
MWEB 2 0 R99
Telkom Mobile 2 1 R149
Cell C 2 0 R199
MTN 2 1 R245
Vodacom 2 0 R249
Telkom Mobile 3 0 R119
MWEB 3 0 R169
MTN 3 0 R245
Cell C 3 0 R299
Afrihost 5 0 R145
MWEB 5 0 R299
Telkom Mobile 5 0 R349
Cell C 5 0 R399
Afrihost 10 0 R197
Cell C 10 0 R699
12, 24 month data contracts
Provider Anytime data After hours, extra data Price
Vodacom 0.5 0.5 R39
MWEB 0.5 0 R39
MTN 0.5 0 R39
Cell C 0.5 0 R39
MWEB 1 0 R65
Cell C 1 2 R69
Vodacom 1 1 R69
MTN 1 0 R69
MWEB 2 0 R89
Cell C 2 3 R99
Vodacom 2 2 R99
MTN 2 0 R99
MWEB 3 0 R165
Vodacom 3 3 R169
Cell C 3 0 R169
Vodacom 5 5 R259
MWEB 5 0 R295
MTN 5 0 R299
Cell C 5 0 R770
Telkom Mobile 10 10 R299
Vodacom 10 10 R499

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