SA Android users get flat-rate data

2012-10-22 14:10

Cape Town - Users with Android-powered smartphones will soon have access to flat-rate data packages that have contributed to the success of BlackBerry smartphones.

Nashua Mobile has extended its fixed-cost mobile services Xtreme Data and Xtreme Data Premium to selected Samsung Android handsets.

The packages will be offered to users with the Samsung Ace Advance, Samsung Galaxy Y, Samsung Galaxy Pocket and the Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones with effect from 7 November, the company announced.

The flat rate pricing starts at R59 per month which allows users unlimited web browsing, e-mail and social networking as enjoyed by BlackBerry subscribers.

For R139, users have access to the downloading of games and unlimited YouTube viewing on the devices.

Data cost

Nashua Mobile warned that the service is subject to fair use policies and heavy users would be throttled.

"Customers will experience a decrease in download speeds once they have exceeded a threshold in their data usage for the month -100MB for the Xtreme Data standard service and 400MB in the case of Premium," the company said.

Data has emerged as one of the key factors inhibiting smartphone adoption in SA and the BlackBerry Internet Service has the seen the devices command around 65% of the smartphone market.

Nashua first offered the data bundle to Nokia users but has extended the offer to users on the Android operating system, traditionally a data-hungry OS.

"Now, Android users can also enjoy the full benefit of the mobile internet without worrying about depleting  their data bundle halfway through the end of the month, paying exorbitant out of bundle rates or getting a huge bill at the end of the month," said Nashua Mobile CEO Mark Taylor.

Mobile operators have targeted data as a key revenue generator as voice has taken a back seat and the growth of smartphones has spurred the race toward higher speed data offerings.

"If you look at any of the recent stats or coming out of any of the networks, you can see that voice is a non-priority and data is where they're making all their money," Prezence Digital chief technical officer Tim Bishop told News24.

Vodacom announced at its annual results meeting that data revenue was up 24% year on year and around 12 million active data customers were buying data bundles regularly.

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  • martin.marais.90 - 2012-10-22 14:21

    Another chapter regarding the end of Blackberry...

      pieterduplessis - 2012-10-22 14:39

      I'm a big Android fan, but this is BS marketing.

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-22 15:33

      Most definitely. this was the one thing BBM users bragged about. But I really wonder if its not just another marketting ploy, all this talk about throttling does not sound good.

      zip.reeper - 2013-03-08 07:58

      'throttling' after 400meg is hardly 'unlimited'. nashua, bring back orson wells to do your pr because this is clearly misleading advertising - even criminal.

  • werner.vanderhorst - 2012-10-22 14:27

    100mb? 400mb? wow! yippee!

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-10-22 15:03

      I use 1gig data in my sleep

      jcoetzee1975 - 2012-10-22 18:02

      100mb ? 400mb ? Agree with Andre, I use 10gb every week, give or take.

      jam3son.walk3r - 2012-10-23 06:18

      That is a bit excessive for phone data usage, but soon enough that will be the norm. That is how much I go through on my PC easily, and that is not porn, or any "unusual" activity. PS: Turn off data usage before you go to bed ;)

      cedjonkers - 2012-11-02 15:50

      @jam3son.walk3r, I get 500mb per month on my iPad and I can promise, from normal use, I go through that in, at most, 2 weeks. That doesn't even include the app updates. 1 of the reasons I turned down the Galaxy S3 was out fear of running outta data and landing a huge bill at the end of the month, so I opted for a Torch 9810 instead. I just hope that the data packages could be better constructed. More data for your money...

  • joshua.t.thomson - 2012-10-22 14:31

    How can you get throttled after 400mb??? That's like 3 youtube videos... Pointless package... What's the point if it gets throttled

      Spiral - 2012-10-22 14:54

      Seems a bit dumb... even 400mb's will get used up quick quick!

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-22 15:00

      CellC - R0.15 per Mb, 400Mb at R60... no throttling

      nicole.paulsen.31 - 2012-10-22 15:31

      Klippies I think you missing the point... Your download speed will decrease this doesn't mean your data will be frozen or capped. However I'm interested in seeing what speeds will be readily available and what upon hitting the threshold. But 100mb and 400mb is a joke!

      tuco.angeleyes - 2012-10-22 15:31

      @klippies.coke. eich, i might just consider teleporting to Cell C. they the cheapest

      andre.ernstzen - 2012-10-22 15:39

      8ta 2+1gig = R149 prepaid. No throttling

  • cj.oosthuizen.1 - 2012-10-22 14:37

    Everyday I starting to love my Samsung products more and more. With this good news, you will be able to do your business anywhere for a small price. Blackberry = RIP

      chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-22 15:00

      Haahahaha when you do take this package and decide to rape youtube and get billed thousands ill be here laughing at you enjoy the fake contract they offer

      elewies - 2012-10-22 16:24

      Nee man CJ. Dis 'n sh#t aanbod die. Hulle gaan jou net melk. 400mb is niks en ons 3G spoed is reeds nie regtig vinnig in SA nie, dink nie hoe stadig gaan dit wees as hulle jou throttle?

      paul.bester1 - 2012-10-23 10:11

      @Chris.buchner.12 I'm not sure you're understanding the contract. They're offering you unlimited data for a flat rate, however after 400mb you will be throttled, which means that they will reduce the speed of your service not charge you more... I, for one, am quite happy that companies start doing this. It's a step in the right direction.

  • Thermophage - 2012-10-22 14:37

    lol...100MB on Youtube...well lerts see...with HSDPA 2 that's what, like a good 10 minuted of Youtube. Sooooo typical....And so many people in RSA will be fooled into thinking they're getting this incredible deal!

  • denis.dendrinos - 2012-10-22 14:40

    Yes please! I'll take 2! ;-)

      elewies - 2012-10-22 16:24


  • vloftie - 2012-10-22 14:41

    There are games far bigger than 400MB for one game... even 400MB is not enough to get through a month with a high end smartphone - and that is just browsing, checking E-mail and using other apps that "access" the internet...

  • shanon.hepburn - 2012-10-22 14:43

    Cellc 1Gb for yes R155.00 on prepaid or contact..Do the math

  • donald.dykman - 2012-10-22 14:45

    i'll stick to my bb thank you very much

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-22 17:18


  • adriaan.pieterse - 2012-10-22 14:47

    So if they say throttled does that mean you go from HSPA+ speeds down to GPRS speeds? Also you can barely call it "Xtreme Data Package" if you have only 400mb at optimum speed. I use close to 1 Gig a month and I'm doing the minimum on my phone.

  • sello.r.molefe - 2012-10-22 14:54

    I get 2gig per month on Cell c for 120 nd its more than enough for me... Plus out of bundle of 15 per mb... Its a brilliant network..

  • chris.buchner.12 - 2012-10-22 14:56

    You can buy 100mb data for 55 rand? Lol pathetic attempt at making money

  • imiel.visser - 2012-10-22 15:06


  • kobus.oelofse.3 - 2012-10-22 15:33


  • grahama.mweb.5 - 2012-10-22 15:47

    Does this mean MWEB will soon follow

      bradley.vlaming - 2012-10-22 16:13

      What does this have to do with MWEB?

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-10-22 16:19

    Cellc is the leader in affordability. However it is still over priced! Android is amazing that's why its data hungry. In ou economy the android user are the ones driving trucks with the current petrol price its a killer. We expect more but at least a start. Way too late.

  • elewies - 2012-10-22 16:20

    Are you f#cking kidding me? 400mb is nothing! Not with the type of web browsing that a device like the Note 2 allows

  • Mewik - 2012-10-22 16:36

    So it's basically R4 per mb? We pay almost as much for some poxy data deal per month as it costs people in the UK to get an entire S3 package with unlimited data, 1000 mins of calls and unlimited texts. Forgive me for not getting excited about this.

  • SbuMagnificent - 2012-10-22 16:43

    CellC's data plan is the BEST, The guys at Nashua Mobile are smoking socks I think!

  • juanontheweb - 2012-10-22 16:50

    I finks these guys are in bed with Samsung, HMmmmm?

  • gerrie.scheepers.12 - 2012-10-22 16:51

    For R299 a month I get 20gigs of data in total with 8ta and honestly that's not even enough for all the downloading and YouTube watchng that I do, nashua is a joke.

      jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-10-22 17:23

      You know we are talking about a PHONE...INTERNET ON A PHONE right? YOU CANT COMPARE NORMAL INTERNET DATA OFFERS TO SMARTPHONE BUNDLES! 8ta doenst have a data offer for Smartphones...Cell C beats it in that CATEGORY...still you are right, price wise Nashua is smoking weed

      gerrie.scheepers.12 - 2012-10-22 23:38

      I use that 8ta simcard on my phone, htc flyer and laptop, so it is a all round useful source of data.

  • tsyfert - 2012-10-22 17:06

    Nashua Mobile must think we are stupid. 500mb is a total waist of time, only a view youtube videos will eat that up. I hope nobody falls for this.

  • wade.terblanche - 2012-10-22 18:00

    What a useless offer! 400Mb is cookie crumbs for my galaxy S2.

  • jimmy.ngwenya.94 - 2012-10-22 18:52

    They were definitely smokin sumtin wen they came up wit dis i guess no has came up wit sumtin 2 beat b.berry,s fixed tarif plan*dissapointing *

      jacques.gers - 2012-10-22 19:25

      This is just another Nashua Scam, guys who sign with NM get screwed over heavily. No middle Man! Go Direct! and the new Galaxy S3 chows 700MB in 4 days just on its own without you doing anything! come on Nashua seriously 400mb?? What?

  • PikesNo1 - 2012-10-22 22:02


  • coertquinton - 2012-10-22 22:53

    ridiculous. at 8ta you can buy a 2 Gig bundle with an extra 1Gig "night owl" for R150. So why buy a 400Mb for R140?

  • jam3son.walk3r - 2012-10-23 06:15

    How about all Android phones?

  • paul.bester1 - 2012-10-23 10:18

    After reading through the current comments I've come to realise that a lot of people don't seem to understand the difference between a cap and throttling. The article clearly states that you get UNLIMITED data but you will be THROTTLED after 100mb or 400mb. This means that the speed will be reduced and NOT that you will hit a 400mb cap and be charged more after 400mb. All the arguments being thrown around about getting "this many gigs for this much money" are void because you're comparing a capped product to, for want of a better term, an uncapped product. Getting this contract you can end up downloading AS MUCH AS YOU WANT albeit at a reduced speed. Yes the throttling sucks but I just wanted to clear this up for a few people.

  • SyriusB.deGrim - 2012-10-23 11:43

    and why not S3 or S2?

  • mbana.yamkela - 2012-10-23 11:49

    This z 100% rubish.100 mb 4 R59 400 4 R140.Go 2 hell nashua.

  • Rudi Zimny - 2013-03-09 12:36

    250 - 500mb would be more realistic for a smartphone. Having your service throttled defeats the point if you have a HSDPA connecion. Ruerzi

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