Vodacom announces data savings

2011-07-21 21:33

Cape Town - Vodacom has announced that it is reducing its data pricing which could see contract customers saving up to 43%.

"We hope these price reductions will contribute to making the internet more affordable and give our customers an enhanced connected experience," said Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys.

On August 1, customers will pay less for accessing the internet.

The move may have been spurred by 8.ta's recent offering of R199 for 10GB of data per month.

Vodacom's offer for contract customers only translates into rates of about 7c per megabyte of data and should be a boost to users who access the internet wirelessly but may hurt cable broadband providers.

"In addition to the savings, all existing and new Vodacom contract customers will be given another allocation of the same size as the subscribed data bundle to use anytime between midnight and 05:00. This service, called Night Owl, previously only on promotion, is now available as standard to all Vodacom contract subscribers," the company said.

Vodacom customers will automatically be migrated to the new tariffs where they will pay less for data, the operator said.

"Vodacom customers who previously bought a MyMeg 110 data bundle at R88 (80c per megabyte), will now only pay R49, for a MyMeg 100 (49c per megabyte) - a cost saving of 39% per megabyte. They will also get double their data for free resulting in a net saving of 69%."

The company also announced an increase in revenue of 8.1%, but revenue from data had increased 37.6% and the operator saw an increase of 1.9 million customers in the last three months.

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  • CrEaTuRe101 - 2011-07-21 22:25

    awesomeness! Im just wondering about bundles. I wonder if there will be a reduction in price for prepaid users using Data Bundles

      420 - 2011-07-22 09:19

      Stay far away from cell c... New logo's dont mean that the product has improved...

  • hawker - 2011-07-21 22:35

    Vodacom are a bunch of thieving scum sucking bastards. It should be declared illegal, the prices that they charge for prepaid data. Vodacom is a good example of why their should be laws against profiteering monopoly seekers!

  • Gungets Tuft - 2011-07-21 22:43

    Please. Data free between midnight and 5am is for gamers and people who do stream downloads. It adds zero value for businesses. I have just come back from the UK where a friend has cable to his house. Over this he gets 50 mb of bandwidth, no cap, runs his cable TV, Skype phone and his business data, and it costs him less than my uncapped 4mb. Fibre directly to his home. Sure it's a concession, but it is like a buy-one-get-one-free when you don't use the second one.

  • preshengovender69 - 2011-07-22 08:34

    more data more porno

  • Audacious12 - 2011-07-22 10:05

    Guys dont faff around with these guys. All I can say is 8TA. On second thoughts dont. you are going to increase traffic and slow me down

  • YoungSA - 2011-07-22 10:12

    From what I have read elsewhere and on the Vodacom site, these reductions are only for the standard broadband packages. What about the people who have data contracts on the advanced broadband. We are still expected to pay the ridiculously high rates of previous.

  • wmutahi - 2011-07-22 14:58

    Still a ripoff!!

  • Joyce - 2011-07-22 20:13

    What about pre paid customers????

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