Telkom “Best Data Deal” vs Vodacom and MTN

Telkom has launched the “best data deal in South Africa”, its FreeMe 20GB Big Deal.

The Telkom Big Deal for April 2019 includes the following:

  • 20GB Anytime Data
  • 1,500 All-Network Minutes
  • 3,000 Telkom Minutes
  • 50GB Streaming (Netflix, Showmax, YouTube)
  • 10GB Music Streaming (Apple Music, Simfy)
  • 2GB Instant Messaging (WhatsApp)
  • Price – R499 per month

Telkom stated that users have the option of selecting a month-to-month SIM-only package, or take the deal as a contract and add a device.


To see how Telkom’s Big Deal compares against competing products on the market, we looked at what Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C have on offer.

To qualify for the comparison, the package must be SIM-only, and contain anytime data and all-network minutes.

The table below details what we found, clearly showing that the FreeMe special offers excellent value for money.

Combined with the fact that it is a month-to-month offer, which removes potential fears about “contract cancellation” issues, and that Telkom roams on Vodacom’s network, and many may be interested in this month’s Big Deal.

Mobile Deals
Deal Included Value Price
Telkom FreeMe Big Deal 20GB Anytime Data,1,500 All-Network Minutes, 3,000 Telkom Minutes, 50GB Streaming, 10GB Music Streaming, 2GB IM R499
MTN Sky Lite Unlimited All-Network Minutes, Unlimited SMS, 3GB Anytime Data R999
Vodacom Red Classic+ 1,200 All-Network Minutes, Unlimited SMS, 4GB Anytime Data R1,099
Cell C Pinnacle 15GB Anytime Data, 3,000 All-Network Minutes, 3,000 SMS R1,499
Cell C Pinnacle 25GB Anytime Data, 5,000 All-Network Minutes, 3,000 SMS R1,749
Vodacom Red VIP+ Unlimited All-Network Minutes, Unlimited SMS, 20GB Data R1,799
MTN Sky Supreme Unlimited All-Network Minutes, Unlimited SMS, Unlimited Data (25GB FUP) R1,999

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