BlackBerry Internet Service pricing comparison

Part of BlackBerry’s value proposition is the offer of flat-rated Internet access.

For around R60 per month users can enjoy unlimited Internet access from their BlackBerry device, so long as it’s not used to connect a PC to the Internet or for streaming media such as YouTube videos.

Not all of South Africa’s cellular service providers offer BIS, and those that do also don’t charge the same monthly rate for BIS.

Neither Virgin Mobile nor 8ta currently offer BlackBerry services. 8ta had previously indicated that they aimed to launch BlackBerry on their network by the end of 2010.

Cell C and Vodacom price their prepaid and postpaid BIS “value-added service” at the same rates, but MTN has a different pricing structure for their contract options.

Prepaid pricing is compared in the table below.

BIS Prepaid Pricing
Operator Price
Cell C R57.00
MTN R59.00
Vodacom R59.00

In the prepaid arena the pricing is fairly close, with Cell C charging R2 less than its competition.

Contract pricing looks fairly similar, except that MTN has decided to charge some of its postpaid customers more than others.

BIS Postpaid Pricing
Operator Package Price
Cell C All R57.00
Vodacom All R59.00
MTN Anytime 50 – 200 R69.00
MTN Anytime 350 – 1500 R60.00
MTN Off Peak R69.00

For the most part there isn’t much difference in BIS pricing between operators, although MTN’s contract pricing is more expensive.

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