MTN has announced it will join Cell C and Vodacom in increasing the prices of many of its products, including existing contract packages.
Vodacom’s recent announcement that it would raise subscription fees mid-contract resulted in consumer backlash, with some questioning the legality of the hikes.
When it revealed the new prices of its various products, MTN said rising input costs compelled it to make these changes.
Like Cell C and Vodacom, MTN pointed to Eskom load shedding as a major contributor to increased costs, saying it has had to invest in generators and back-up batteries to power its base stations during power outages.
“All these cumulative costs have compelled us to review pricing as the last resort,” said MTN.
MTN’s new prepaid data bundle pricing kicks in on 23 April 2015, while the new post-paid prices take effect from 13 May.
The table below summarises the price hikes that are in store for MTN’s contract customers.
|MTNChoice voice||Old price||New price||Change|
|My MTNChoice 25||R35||R40||14% increase|
|My MTNChoice 50||R70||R80||14% increase|
|My MTNChoice 100||R135||R145||7% increase|
|My MTNChoice 200||R270||R290||7% increase|
|My MTNChoice 350||R400||R420||5% increase|
|My MTNChoice 500||R570||R600||5% increase|
|My MTNChoice 1000||R1,000||R1,050||5% increase|
|MTNChoice data||Old price||New price||Change|
|My MTNChoice 20MB||R15||R15||No Change|
|My MTNChoice 100MB||R29||R30||3% increase|
|My MTNChoice 300MB||R39||R40||2% increase|
|My MTNChoice 500MB||R49||R55||12% increase|
|My MTNChoice 1GB||R79||R85||8% increase|
|My MTNChoice 2GB||R119||R139||17% increase|
|My MTNChoice 3GB||R199||R209||5% increase|
|My MTNChoice 5GB||R299||R309||3% increase|
|My MTNChoice 10GB||R499||R519||4% increase|
|My MTNChoice 20GB||R999||R1,045||5% increase|
|MTN Presitge Plus||R1,799||R1,899||6% increase|
|MTN Sky||R1,699||R2,099||24% increase|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R50||R55||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R100||R110||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R200||R210||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R350||R370||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R500||R525||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R750||R800||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R1,200||R1,300||Increased package size|
|Anytime Classic and TopUp||R1,500||R1,600||Increased package size|
MTN also announced price hikes for some of its prepaid bundles.
These are summarised in the table below.
|Low duration data bundles||Old price||New price||Change|
|Rush Hour 10MB||R1||R1.50||50% increase|
|Rush Hour 50MB||R3||R5||67% increase|
|Daily 20MB||R2||R3||50% increase|
|Daily 50MB||R5||R7||40% increase|
|Daily 100MB||R10||R12||20% increase|
|Daily uncapped (150MB FUP)||R30||R40||33% increase|
|Weekly 50MB||R7||R10||43% increase|
|Weekly 100MB||R12||R15||25% increase|
|Weekly 300MB||R29||R35||21% increase|
|Weekly 500MB||R39||R45||15% increase|
|Weekly 1GB||R59||R65||10% increase|
|Fortnightly 1GB||R79||R89||13% increase|
|Monthly data bundle||Old price||New price||Change|