Air Mobile vs MTN vs Vodacom – Data bundle prices

Afrihost Mobile recently rebranded as Air Mobile and has now officially launched its new prepaid data packages.

Air Mobile runs on MTN’s mobile network and offers both prepaid data and voice bundles.

The network also offers new customers 1GB free data every month for three months after they sign up, and customers are able to continue receiving this free data every month onwards by spending at least R69 on mobile data per month.

Users with an MTN prepaid SIM card can sign up for Air Mobile using their mobile number to begin receiving 1GB free data every month.

Air Mobile customers can purchase mobile data bundles of up to 5GB and and voice bundles of up to 1,000 minutes through the Afrihost app.

Air Mobile vs other networks

It should be noted that while Afrihost technically is not required to comply with ICASA’s End-User and Subscriber Service Charter due to it being a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) operating on MTN’s network, it has stated that its data bundles will last for 60 days, and the transferal of these bundles can be facilitated through the Afrihost app.

To see how Air Mobile’s data bundles compare to other operators, we compared the price of the network’s packages to equivalent prepaid bundles from Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, and Telkom.

Where a network had a slightly different bundle size to Air Mobile, we demonstrated this next to the price of the bundle. Prices are rounded to the nearest rand and sourced directly from the websites of the mobile operators. Bonus and night-time data was not included.

Below are the prices of Air Mobile’s once-off data bundles compared to other mobile networks in South Africa.

Once-off Data Bundles
Bundles Air Mobile MTN Vodacom Cell C Telkom
100MB R10 R29 R29 R29 R29
250MB R25 R60 (300MB) R63 R35 R40
500MB R45 R99 (600MB) R100 R80 (750MB) R70
1GB R69 R149 R149 R100 R100
2GB R137 R189 (1.5GB) R249 R199 R140
3GB R197 R299 R299 R249 R201
5GB R297 R399 (6GB) R405 R299 (6GB) R301

The data above shows that Air Mobile offers competitive rates compared to other mobile networks, only beaten by Cell C in terms of once-off data bundle pricing.

However, it is important to note that Cell C’s data bundles are only valid for 30 days as opposed to Air Mobile’s 60-day bundles.

Air Mobile also offers prepaid voice bundles, which are priced at a flat R1-per-minute rate and are available in the following sizes:

Air Mobile Voice Bundles
25 minutes R25
50 minutes R50
100 minutes R100
200 minutes R200
300 minutes R300
400 minutes R400
500 minutes R500
1,000 minutes R1,000

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