Cell C recently informed many of its subscribers that it will be increasing its out-of-bundle data rates from 15c per Megabyte (MB) to 99c/MB on 1 May 2014.
The network still offers in-bundle data rates of 15c/MB and lower, but when the bundled data runs out, excess usage is now billed at 99c/MB where it previously cost 15c/MB.
As might be expected, the price hike has caused many unhappy customers. At 15c/MB, Cell C’s OOB rate used to be the cheapest available in South Africa.
To see how it compares now, the table below shows the lowest and highest OOB rates of the various operators across different product categories.
As can be seen, a 99c/MB out-of-bundle tariffs can be fairly competitive when it comes to data bundles, but as far as data contracts are concerned, Cell C now has the most expensive OOB rate in the country.
|Package range||OOB data rates||In-bundle rates (excl. night-only data)|
|Data contracts||Lowest OOB data rate||Highest OOB data rate||Lowest in-bundle||Highest in-bundle|
|Top-up data contracts||Lowest OOB data rate||Highest OOB data rate||Lowest in-bundle||Highest in-bundle|
|Contract data bundles||Lowest OOB data rate||Highest OOB data rate||Lowest in-bundle||Highest in-bundle|
|Telkom Mobile||R1.00||R1.00||R0.015 (1.5c)||R0.60|
|Prepaid data bundles||Lowest OOB data rate||Highest OOB data rate||Lowest in-bundle||Highest in-bundle|
|Telkom Mobile||R0.29||R1.00||R0.015 (1.5c)||R0.60|
|Voice contracts||Lowest OOB data rate||Highest OOB data rate||—||—|
|Vodacom uChoose, Smart, Red||R1.00||R1.00|
|MTN AnyTime, Off Peak||R2.00||R2.00|
|Cell C StraightUp, Hi5, Infinity, RBM||R0.99||R0.99|
|Telkom Mobile SmartPlans, SmartSaver||R1.00||R1.00|