Poor pays more for their cellphone bills

2009-10-17 10:05

SOUTH Africa has the most expensive cellphone call rates in the


In Australia a three minute domestic call during peak time costs

R1.50. The same call in SA costs R5.24.

Technology research company World Wide Worx found in 2008 that

pre-paid cellphone users, who make up 80% of the country’s 30 million customers,

also pay the highest rates for their packages - as much as four times more than

contract users.

About three million South Africans spend an average of more than

R700 a month on their cellphone bills.

Only about 600 000 of the three million earn more than R20 000 a


About 19 million South Africans subscribe to Vodacom, 10.4 million

to MTN and 2.7 million to Cell C.

The country’s three cellphone operators make about R40-billion

profit a year with contract users contributing about R13 billion and the very

poor contributing more than R9-billion.

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