iPhone Straight Up vs iPhone Smart plans

Hot on the heels of Cell C’s launch of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S, Vodacom announced that it would start offering the iPhone on its new Smart Plans.

These new deals from Vodacom are somewhat cheaper than the iPhone-specific contracts that preceded them, though they tend to include less data. The old iPhone Talk 120 and Talk 250 contracts in particular have 100 SMSes and 500MB data bundles with them.

However, Cell C offers 300MB additional data on their Straight Up contracts for iPhones, which trounces Vodacom’s previous iPhone contract offerings.

Vodacom’s new Smart Plans for iPhone offer better competition to Cell C, but a direct comparison remains tricky due to the complexity of Vodacom’s contracts.

While Cell C offers only anytime minutes, Vodacom includes promotional airtime for Vodacom-to-Vodacom (on-net) calls, as well as “More weekend” minutes that are only valid on Saturdays and Sundays when making calls to other Vodacom subscribers.

It is worth noting that Cell C lets subscribers opt for top-up over an open contract at no extra cost, as well as choose contract lengths shorter than 24 months. There are exceptions, however, which are indicated with an asterisk in the comparison below:

Cell C Straight Up vs Vodacom Smart Plan iPhone pricing
Contract Airtime SMS Data Price
16GB iPhone 4S
Vodacom Smart Light 75 off-peak, 20 promo 100 100MB R319
Cell C Straight Up 50* 50 anytime 50 350MB R329
Cell C Straight Up 100 100 anytime 100 400MB R433
Cell C Straight Up 100 upsized 100 anytime 220 400MB R467
Vodacom Smart Standard 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB R469
Cell C Straight Up 200 200 anytime 200 500MB R479
32GB iPhone 4S
Cell C Straight Up 30 30 anytime 30 330MB R421
Cell C Straight Up 100 100 anytime 100 400MB R491
Cell C Straight Up 100 upsized 100 anytime 220 400MB R525
Vodacom Smart Standard 130 anytime, 60 promo, 60 More weekend 300 300MB R529
Cell C Straight Up 200* 200 anytime 200 500MB R549
64GB iPhone 4S
Cell C Straight Up 30 30 anytime 30 330MB R484
Cell C Straight Up 100 upsized 100 anytime 400 400MB R629
Cell C Straight Up 200 200 anytime 200 500MB R654
Cell C Straight Up 400* 400 anytime 400 700MB R854
Vodacom Smart Advanced 450 anytime, 180 promo, 180 More weekend 400 400MB R799
* Not available through Cell C contract builder. No top-up option available.

Another complex element of Vodacom’s contracts are their out-of-bundle costs. Cell C offers equal peak and off-peak rates that remain the same regardless of which contract you’re on, whereas Vodacom’s rates change with the different packages.

Vodacom also charges different per-minute prices for voice calls depending on whether it is to a different network, as shown in the table below:

Out-of-bundle rates Cell C Straight Up Vodacom Smart Light Vodacom Smart Standard Vodacom Smart Advanced
Peak on-net R0.99 R1.75 R1.65 R1.39
Off-peak on-net R0.99 R0.90 R1.65 R1.39
Peak to other network R0.99 R2.70 R1.99 R1.54
Off-peak to other network R0.99 R0.95 R1.99 R1.54
SMS – peak R0.50 R0.80 R0.80 R0.80
SMS – off-peak R0.50 R0.35 R0.35 R0.35
Data R0.99 R1.00 R1.00 R1.00

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