The high price of mobile data is a common complaint among South Africans, who want networks to make access to mobile internet more affordable.
According to Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, one of the main reasons for high data prices is a lack of spectrum allocation by government.
“Lengthy delays in completing the digital migration and allocating 4G spectrum has curbed the pace at which data prices could have fallen,” said Joosub.
Once mobile carriers receive ample spectrum, said Joosub, South African consumers would find relief almost immediately.
Choosing a mobile data package
Given how expensive mobile data can be in South Africa, it is important that you choose the deals that best suit your needs.
There are many factors that come into play, including the amount of data, coverage in your area, and of course pricing.
Mobile networks usually include night-time data on their SIM-only data contracts, which can be useful when scheduling downloads and updates.
We compared the following SIM-only data offerings from Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C:
- Telkom SmartInternet (month-to-month)
- MTN SIM-Only Data Contracts (24 months)
- Vodacom SIM-Only Data Contracts (24 months)
- Cell C SmartData (24 months)
Below is the pricing of these SIM-only mobile data deals, along with their inclusive bonus data.
|SIM-only LTE contract prices|
|Mobile Network||Data amount||Price (per month)|
|MTN||1GB (+1GB Night Express)||R69|
|Vodacom||1GB (+1GB Night Data)||R75|
|Cell C||1GB (+1GB Nite Data)||R75.66|
|Telkom||1GB (+1GB Night Surfer Data)||R60|
|MTN||2GB (+2GB Night Express)||R89|
|Vodacom||2GB (+2GB Night Data)||R109|
|Cell C||2GB (+2GB Nite Data)||R99.87|
|Telkom||2GB (+2GB Night Surfer Data)||R100|
|MTN||3GB (+3GB Night Express)||R149|
|Vodacom||3GB (+3GB Night Data)||R169|
|Telkom||5GB (+5GB Night Surfer Data)||R200|
|MTN||10GB (+10GB Night Express)||R199|
|Vodacom||10GB (+10GB Night Data)||R249|
|Vodacom||10GB (+20GB Night Data)||R299|
|Telkom||10GB (+10GB Night Surfer Data)||R355|
|MTN||20GB (+20GB Night Express)||R299|
|Vodacom||20GB (+40GB Night Data)||R399|
|Telkom||20GB (+20GB Night Surfer Data)||R605|
|MTN||40GB (+40GB Night Express)||R499|
|Vodacom||30GB (+60GB Night Data)||R499|
|MTN||60GB (+60GB Night Express)||R699|
|Vodacom||50GB (+100GB Night Data)||R599|
|Telkom||50GB (+50GB Night Surfer Data)||R1315|
|MTN||100GB (+100GB Night Express)||R999|
|Cell C||100GB (+100GB Nite Data)||R1613.03|
|Telkom||100GB (+100GB Night Surfer Data)||R2015|