It is cheaper to watch Cell C’s streaming service using Telkom FreeMe

Cell C recently announced it had “enhanced” its MediPlay offering, which comprises a range of data-focused packages.

These packages include data, minutes, SMSs, Black data, and access to various Black channels.

Cell C owns the Black streaming service, and subsequently offers unique access and specials for the content platform through its MediaPlay offering.

However, Cell C is competing directly with other popular data-focussed packages, the most attractive of which is arguably Telkom’s FreeMe range.

To see how they compare, we looked at the value Cell C MediaPlay and Telkom FreeMe products offer.


FreeMe vs MediaPlay pricing

The monthly data, minutes, SMSs, and monthly price for the Telkom FreeMe and Cell C MediaPlay bundles are detailed below.

This comparison shows how much cheaper Telkom’s FreeMe data packages are than Cell C’s competing products.

It must be noted that the table below does not include bundled extras such as Black channel availability or LIT music streaming, which offer increased value.

Package Data Any-net minutes On-net minutes SMS Price pm
500MB – 1.5GB
FreeMe 500MB 500MB 0 Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R70
FreeMe 1GB 1GB 0 Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R100
MediaPlay 1.5GB 1.5GB 60 120 Unlimited (FUP 500) R179
2GB-4GB
FreeMe 2GB 2GB 0 Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R150
MediaPlay 2GB 2GB 90 210 Unlimited (FUP 500) R269
MediaPlay 3GB 3GB 180 360 Unlimited (FUP 500) R359
MediaPlay 4GB 4GB 300 600 Unlimited (FUP 500) R499
5GB
FreeMe 5GB 5GB 0 Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R305
MediaPlay 5GB 5GB 400 800 Unlimited (FUP 1,000) R699
10GB
FreeMe 10GB 10GB 0 Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R405
MediaPlay 10GB 10GB Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 1,000) R999
20GB
FreeMe 20GB 20GB Unlimited (FUP 1,500) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R499
MediaPlay 20GB 20GB Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 1,000) R1,499
Unlimited
FreeMe Unlimited Unlimited (soft cap 25GB) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 50 per day) R1,005
MediaPlay Unlimited Unlimited (FUP 50GB) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 3,000) Unlimited (FUP 1,000) R1,999

Black vs LIT

Telkom’s FreeMe line-up has the edge over Cell C in terms of monthly data and pricing, but do the features bundled with these packages match up with MediaPlay?

Cell C now includes 2GB of Black data with packages from 1.5GB – 5GB, and 4GB Black data for larger packages.

MediaPlay also offers access to a number of channels on the Black streaming service, depending on which package the customer selects.

On the other hand, Telkom offers FreeMe subscribers free WhatsApp messaging and calling (2GB FUP), and also bundles LIT music and video streaming with packages over 2GB in size.

The LIT service allows users to stream video from platforms like YouTube, Netflix, and Showmax without using their monthly data, in addition to streaming music for free.

A fair usage policy of 50GB applies to this platform, but top-ups are relatively cheap once this is reached.

A comparison of the add-ons offered by Cell C MediaPlay and Telkom FreeMe packages are detailed below – which shows that the LIT add-on offers better value for money for media streaming.

If you want Black streaming channels, Telkom FreeMe still offers better value – as you can simply purchase a standalone Black TV Premium subscription for R99 per month.

Package Extras
Cell C MediaPlay
MediaPlay 1.5GB 2GB Black data, 12 Black channels
MediaPlay 2GB 2GB Black data, 23 Black channels
MediaPlay 3GB 2GB Black data, 23 Black channels
MediaPlay 4GB 2GB Black data, 23 Black channels
MediaPlay 5GB 2GB Black data, 23 Black channels
MediaPlay 10GB 4GB Black data, 58 Black channels
MediaPlay 20GB 4GB Black data, 58 Black channels
MediaPlay Unlimited 4GB Black data, 58 Black channels
Telkom FreeMe
FreeMe 500MB Free WhatsApp
FreeMe 1GB Free WhatsApp
FreeMe 2GB Free WhatsApp, LIT music (50GB FUP)
FreeMe 5GB Free WhatsApp, LIT music and video (50GB FUP)
FreeMe 10GB Free WhatsApp, LIT music and video (50GB FUP)
FreeMe 20GB Free WhatsApp, LIT music and video (50GB FUP)
FreeMe Unlimited Free WhatsApp, LIT music and video (50GB FUP)

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