The biggest mobile data contracts in South Africa – MTN vs Vodacom vs Cell C vs Telkom

Data prices are one of the biggest problems that smartphone users are faced with in South Africa.

According to mobile networks, high data prices can be attributed primarily to a lack of spectrum available to allocate to its users.

As a result, smartphone users prefer to use their mobile data only when necessary, instead choosing to use a Wi-Fi connection whenever it is available.

Big data contracts

However, South Africa’s mobile networks do offer contracts that cater to customers who consume high amounts of mobile data.

These packages are expensive, but to those who can afford them, they provide the ability to conduct data-intensive tasks without being tethered to a hotspot.

Valuable uses for these packages include video streaming and updating software while away from Wi-Fi.

MyBroadband previously looked into the best LTE deals across various product types, including fixed LTE, once-off data bundles, and SIM-only data deals.

We have now investigated the biggest data packages you can get when purchasing a premium smartphone on contract.

Note that uncapped data packages, as well as unlimited call and SMS options, are often governed by fair-usage policies which differ for each mobile network.

We used the following data to compare these deals:

These prices of these big data contracts can be viewed below.


iPhone Xr 64GB

iPhone-XR

iPhone Xr 64GB
Mobile Network Data Price (per month) Other features
Telkom 20GB R999 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
Cell C 10GB R1,399 3,000 Any-net + 3,000 On-net minutes, 1,000 SMS, 4GB Black Data per day, 20GB once-off
MTN 15GB + 15GB Night R1,599 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Telkom Unlimited R1,499 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB Whatsapp data
Vodacom (128GB) 25GB R2,009 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
MTN 25GB + 25GB Night R2,099 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom (128GB) 20GB R2,409 Unlimited calls + SMS, 10GB once-off
Vodacom (128GB) 50GB R2,409 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
MTN Uncapped R2,599 Unlimited calls + SMS

iPhone Xs 64GB

iPhone Xs Max 1

iPhone Xs 64GB
Mobile Network Data Price (per month) Other features
Telkom 20GB R1,499 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
Telkom Uncapped R1,999 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
MTN 15GB + 15GB Night R2,099 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom 25GB R2,309 150 minutes + 25 SMS + 10GB once-off
MTN 25GB + 25GB Night R2,599 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom 20GB R2,709 Unlimited calls + SMS, 10GB once-off
Vodacom 50GB R2,709 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
Cell C Uncapped R2,799 5,000 Any-net + 5,000 On-net minutes, 5,000 SMS, 4GB Black Data per day, 20GB once-off
MTN Uncapped R3,099 Unlimited calls + SMS

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro Image

Huawei P30 Pro
Mobile Network Data Price (per month) Other features
Telkom 20GB R1,099 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
Cell C 4GB R1,189 300 Any-net, 600 On-net minutes, 500 SMS, 2GB Black Data per day, 20GB once-off
Telkom Uncapped R1,699 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
MTN 15GB + 15GB Night R1,699 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
MTN 25GB + 25GB Night R2,199 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom 20GB R2,349 Unlimited calls + SMS, 10GB once-off
Vodacom 50GB R2,349 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
MTN Uncapped R2,699 Unlimited calls + SMS

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

s10 plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Mobile Network Data Price (per month) Other features
Telkom 20GB R1,199 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
Cell C 10GB R1,489 3,000 Any-net + 3,000 On-net minutes, 1,000 SMS, 4GB Black Data per day, 20GB once-off
Telkom Uncapped R1,699 Unlimited calls + SMS, 2GB WhatsApp data
MTN 15GB + 15GB Night R1,799 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom 25GB R2,049 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
MTN 25GB + 25GB Night R2,299 Unlimited calls + SMS, 34GB once-off
Vodacom 20GB R2,449 Unlimited calls + SMS, 10GB once-off
Vodacom 50GB R2,449 150 minutes, 25 SMS, 10GB once-off
MTN Uncapped R2,799 Unlimited calls + SMS

Now read: Once-off data bundle prices – MTN vs Vodacom vs Cell C vs Telkom

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