Vodacom and MTN are ripping off data customers, the Competition Commission says. Here's why it thinks they stay anyway.

2019-12-03 17:15

The Competition Commission blames factors that include "poor decisions" by customers of the major cellphone networks for them staying, despite high prices.

Why is South Africa still waiting for cheaper data?

2019-08-13 22:17

Mobile data prices in South Africa are higher than in many other countries in Africa and elsewhere. The quick release of spectrum could change that – but continued indecision by policymakers leaves consumers with costly data bills and hinders economic growth.

Can't wait for 5G? China already targeting preparations for 6G

2018-11-18 12:36

While the world’s largest wireless network operators are putting 5G technology in place, Chinese researchers are setting targets for the next generation of wireless services, according to state media.

MTN is giving away 1GB of free data from next week – but there is a big catch

2018-08-02 17:29

Starting from 8 August MTN is giving away 1GB of data to customers who download its app, but the deal isn't as good as it sounds.

Here’s why MTN actually capped free Twitter: a loophole that landed some customers R18,000 worth of free data per day

2018-07-18 13:19

A group of around 100 users found a way to use as much as 600GB of data per day by exploiting a loophole that – while it didn't exactly amount to MTN "being hacked" – put strain on its network.

At R50 for 1 gig, this is SA’s cheapest data network. It took us 6 minutes to sign up

2018-06-11 16:44

But getting the SIM card proved to be a problem.


Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini now has his own cellphone network – and a GB data costs 45% more than at Telkom

2019-11-05 12:52

Sim cards for the mobile service will only be available in KwaZulu-Natal at launch, but connectivity nationwide through the Cell C network.

South Africans are figuring out how to use Vodacom’s data promotions – and it is costing the company big

2019-01-24 11:17

Vodacom's customers are using a lot more data, its latest figures show – but paying almost exactly as much as they did before. And that is starting to hurt.

Cell C says its data is 28% cheaper than a year ago – but it is charging more for voice

2018-08-21 08:36

In a results presentation to investors of its parent company, Cell C says its effective price of data in the first half of the year was 28% down from the first half of 2017. But its effective price for voice calls actually went up, even as customers kept bailing on old-style telephone calls.

Vodacom says its data was suddenly a lot cheaper in the last three months – and it is thrilled about that

2018-07-24 09:07

Vodacom sold a lot more data bundles than usual in April, May, and June, because its prices were lower. It now says new Icasa rules on data roll-over won't be that big a deal – because it turns out people buy more data when it is cheaper.

Get unlimited free data for the rest of June - but good luck connecting

2018-06-25 17:49

Newcomer Rain has had some teething problems.

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