Best mobile data bundles for Netflix under R500

Several mobile data packages are available in South Africa for under R500 a month that let you stream many hours of Netflix content.

As the world’s biggest streaming service, Netflix offers thousands of popular movies and TV shows.

Starting at just R49 per month for a mobile plan or R99 for a basic package with streaming on larger devices, Netflix offers good value for money compared to South Africa’s most popular pay-TV provider, DStv.

Unfortunately, that cost does not include the copious amount of data Netflix can consume.

Because it streams video and audio, Netflix uses much more data than the typical browsing or social media session.

Although a fast, uncapped Internet connection is ideal, many South Africans cannot afford or don’t have access to such a package.

Fortunately, there are several mobile data bundles with large data allocations that could meet that demand.

To determine which packages would work, you must consider how much data you will consume on Netflix each month.

Netflix provides several quality options with the following average data usage:

  • Basic quality — Up to 0.3GB per hour
  • Medium quality — Up to 0.7GB per hour
  • High quality — SD up to 1GB per hour, HD up to 3GB per hour, UHD up to 7GB per hour

Next, you will have to assess your typical streaming habits to figure out how many hours of Netflix you watch per month.

We’ve considered three types of streaming viewers with increasing levels of usage as a starting point:

  • Light — Streams 2 hours each weekday, 8 hours on weekends = 72 hours over four weeks
  • Medium — Streams 3 hours each weekday, 12 hours on weekends = 108 hours over four weeks
  • Heavy — Streams 4 hours each weekday, 16 hours on weekends = 144 hours over four weeks

We then calculated how much data each user would consume on Netflix using the various quality settings. These figures are shown in the table below.

Netflix data usage
Mobile data Average data usage
Basic (0.3GB per hour)
Light 22GB
Medium 33GB
Heavy 43GB
Medium (0.7GB per hour)
Light 50GB
Medium 76GB
Heavy 101GB
High – SD (1GB per hour)
Light 72GB
Medium 108GB
Heavy 144GB
High – HD (3GB per hour)
Light 216GB
Medium 324GB
Heavy 432GB

Using the figures from above, we compiled a list of suitable mobile data packages for streaming Netflix.

For added flexibility, we only looked at those that are available on a month-to-month or prepaid basis.

Assuming that all of your streaming will be done during peak hours, we’ve set a minimum of 50GB anytime data as a requirement for consideration.

We used the medium quality (0.7GB per hour) to measure the type of user that could choose a package.

We did not include Rain’s 4G packages in our comparison as these have severely throttled streaming resolutions.

The table below shows some of the best mobile data packages you can get for streaming Netflix.

Mobile data packages for Netflix
Package Type of user (Medium quality) Anytime data Night-time data Price
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 100GB Light streamer 50GB 50GB R199
MyMTN Home Capped 4G 100GB Light to medium streamers 70GB 50GB R199
MyMTN Home Capped 4G 150GB Heavy streamers 125GB 75GB R299
Axxess Telkom LTE 100GB Light streamers 50GB 50GB R299
Afrihost Telkom LTE 120GB Light streamers 60GB 60GB R319
Axxess Telkom LTE 140GB Light to medium streamers 70GB 70GB R399
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 200GB Heavy streamers 100GB 100GB R389
Afrihost Telkom LTE 180GB Medium to heavy streamers 90GB 90GB R429
Rain 5G Basic Heavy streamers Uncapped R499
MyMTN Home Uncapped 10Mbps Heavy streamers

400GB FUP

R499
MyMTN Home Capped 4G 220GB Heavy streamers 110GGB 110GB R499
Axxess Telkom LTE Medium to heavy streamers 90GB 90GB R499

Now read: Why Netflix’s South African library is better than the US

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