Beware the R2 per MB out-of-bundle shark

Employees without data bundles are costing their companies a lot of money for the data they use. This is according to cellular bill optimiser Tariffic.

Tariffic is a South African company that makes its money from helping enterprises reduce their mobile communications expenses by analysing the itemised bills of employees.

It then recommends to companies which contracts each individual employee should be on so that they pay as little as possible.

From the data it has gathered by performing such analyses, Tariffic found that 57% of cellular subscribers who use less than 1.5 Gigabytes (GB) per month consume less than 50 Megabytes (MB) of data per month

Despite only accounting for 2.4% of all the data usage in the sample, these users made up 17% of the total out-of-bundle data spend.

“The lesson here is that companies often look to their big spenders to curb ‘bill shock’, but the fact is that out-of-bundle data costs are so exorbitant that even the more modest users who only use a few megabytes here and there can end up costing their companies a fortune,” a spokesperson for Tariffic said.

Mobile subscribers could avoid paying so much for data by simply ensuring that they don’t go out out of bundle, Tariffic said.

Even if you don’t use much data, and don’t believe you will use up a whole bundle, it is more cost effective to load a small data bundle every month (or use a recurring bundle) than to pay a mobile operator’s ad-hoc contract data rates.

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