WhatsApp data bundle price changes in South Africa

WhatsApp is the preferred mobile communication medium for many South Africans, and it has replaced SMS as the messaging service of choice because of its improved functionality and cost savings.

For many poor South Africans who cannot afford large data bundles, more affordable WhatsApp bundles are very popular.

The price for these WhatsApp data bundles has, however, increased significantly over the past few years.

Even Cell C, which pioneered free WhatsApp data bundles in 2014, was forced to start charging for the service and increased its price steadily in recent years.

WhatsApp data bundle changes

Over the last six months, there were many changes to the WhatsApp data bundle sizes and prices from Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C.

The table below shows how the WhatsApp data bundles have changed recently.

WhatsApp Bundles
Old/New Network WhatsApp Data Validity Price
Daily Bundles
Old Vodacom 30MB 1 Day R2
New Vodacom 50MB 1 Day R3
Old MTN 50MB 1 Day R2
New MTN 50MB 1 Day R2
Old Vodacom 200MB 1 Day R4
New Vodacom 250MB 1 Day R5
Weekly Bundles
Old Vodacom 200MB 7 Days R10
New Vodacom 250MB 7 Days R12
Old MTN 250MB 7 Days R10
New MTN 250MB 7 Days R10
Monthly Bundles
Old Cell C 1.2GB 30 Days R17
New Cell C 1GB 30 Days R20
Old Vodacom 1GB 30 Days R29
New Vodacom 1GB 30 Days R35
Old MTN 1GB 30 Days R30
New MTN 1GB 20 Days R30

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