WhatsApp data bundles to make messaging cheaper

WhatsApp is the main channel of communication for many South Africans, letting them stay in touch with family and friends, share photos, and make voice calls.

WhatsApp has become so widespread that SMS traffic has rapidly declined in recent years, with mobile users ditching more expensive SMS messaging for the messaging platform.

WhatsApp can, however, use a lot of data – and cost you money – when it is used to share large photos, videos, or make video calls.

This can become costly if you do not have a large data bundle, which makes mobile data usage more affordable.

Good news for those who cannot afford large data bundles is that three mobile operators – Cell C, Vodacom, and MTN – offer standalone WhatsApp data bundles at lower rates than standard data bundles.

WhatsApp data bundles

Cell C, Vodacom, and MTN’s WhatsApp data bundles offer capped data use on WhatsApp for certain periods at a reduced data rate.

Most WhatsApp services are included in the data bundles offered, excluding voice and video calling – as shown in the relevant terms and conditions below.

  • Vodacom – “This WhatsApp Ticket offers customers access to WhatsApp messaging app, send and receive messages, videos and audio files via WhatsApp. This service excludes voice calling and video calling.”
  • MTN – “Please note that the WhatsApp bundle inclusive data cannot be used for WhatsApp calling & video calling.”
  • Cell C – No clear terms and conditions regarding its WhatsApp offering.

The table below provides an overview of the WhatsApp data bundles available from local mobile operators.

WhatsApp Data Bundles
Operator WhatsApp Data Data Lifetime Price
1-Day Bundles
MTN Social Bundle 20MB 1 day R1
Vodacom WhatsApp Ticket 30MB 1 day R2
Cell C ShoutOut Bundle 80MB 1 day R4
Vodacom WhatsApp Ticket 200MB 1 day R4
1-Week Bundles
MTN Social Bundle 100MB 7 days R5
Vodacom WhatsApp Ticket 200MB 7 days R10
30-Day Bundles
Cell C ShoutOut Bundle 1.2GB 30 days R17
Vodacom WhatsApp Ticket 1GB 30 days R29
MTN Social Bundle 1GB 30 days R30
Cell C ShoutOut Bundle 4GB 30 days R49

Now read: Cell C launches new 4GB WhatsApp bundle for R49

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