MTN recently informed its contract subscribers they will pay more for their voice calls and data from 1 August 2016.
The changes are significant hikes in tariffs and big decreases in value across many of MTN’s contract packages.
MTN also introduced a new default plan for MTN PayAsYouGo users called MTN Base, with a call rate of R1.50 per minute and a data rate of R1.50 per MB.
These price increases raised concerns among consumers that Vodacom, Cell C, and Telkom will see this as an opportunity to do the same.
Telkom, Vodacom, and Cell C have not informed their subscribers of any planned price hikes, though.
MyBroadband asked Vodacom, Cell C, and Telkom for feedback on whether they plan to increase prices soon.
- Vodacom: In the normal course of business we periodically review our product propositions to ensure that they are in line with the needs of our customers and that they make financial sense to the business. As part of this process, when it is deemed necessary, we will implement appropriate recommendations. Our emphasis remains one of providing customers with great value and we will never compromise on that.
- Cell C: No comment
- Telkom: No comment
It is not clear whether the operators will announce price increases, which is what happened when Cell C implemented price hikes last year.