Vodacom launches world’s first Google Play Store data bundles

Vodacom has collaborated with Google to launch the world’s first dedicated data bundles for browsing, downloading, and updating apps from the Play Store.

“Vodacom’s introduction of Google Play bundles allows smartphone users to access millions of apps of their choosing, improving accessibility, allowing all customers to become a part of the digital revolution,” the operator said.

Vodacom’s Group Digital and Fixed Officer Zunaid Mahomed said the operator strives to offer innovative services, solutions and continuous value for all its customers.

“We’re extremely proud to be the first telco in the world to offer Google Play Store bundles, enabling our customers to connect to the apps they love on the Google Play Store on the Vodacom network,” Mahomed said.

Vodacom explained the bundles will offer three main benefits:

  • Control and worry-free access – Customers will now have more control over their Google Play Store data consumption and will be able to connect and engage with the most up-to-date apps – without having to worry about experiencing bill-shock.
  • Cost-saving – Customers will save on data costs linked to updating or downloading the latest apps, as the bundle prices have been reduced.
  • Always connected – Customers will not need to wait to download or update essential apps. The bundle purchase will be instant and can be consumed immediately, ensuring that customers are always connected to what is important to them.

The Google Play Store bundle prices are indicated in the table below.

Bundle Allocation Validity Price
200MB Google Play Store Data 200MB 1 Day R5
250MB Google Play Store Data 250MB 3 Days R15
500MB Google Play Store Data 500MB 7 Days R29
1GB Google Play Store Data 1GB 30 Days R55

Saving consumers money

Mahomed said the bundles would reduce barriers to accessing the Google Play Store and save consumers on their data spend in the process.

“Our goal is to play an active role in enabling customers to fully optimise their smartphone use and connect today for a better tomorrow,” he stated.

Google Director for Platform Partnerships, Android, and Play Mariam Abdullahi said the company was pleased to support Vodacom’s users with this service.

“This is an important step in providing affordable access to the Google Play Store to data-conscious smartphone users,” she said.

Vodacom subscribers can SMS the word “Googleplaystore” to 31118 to purchase a Google Play Store bundle.

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