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.

After 10 years, Vodacom, MTN and Cell C have all started locking handsets to their own networks again

2019-10-25 13:05

Network-locked devices fell out favour in South Africa a decade ago, but are making a quick comeback.

You can now make a phone call from your smartwatch in SA on both Vodacom and MTN – on one specific watch

2019-10-08 12:35

Both of the big cellphone networks have enabled eSIMs, but only on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm.

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.

Vodacom, MTN and Rain are preparing for e-SIM cards in SA. Here’s how it will work

2019-07-10 07:13

e-SIM cards are built into a device and therefore only needs to be activated.

Vodacom clamped down on the ‘content fraud’ that makes airtime disappear – and lost almost half the money it was making from content subscriptions

2019-06-14 13:00

Vodacom says it took a big knock in "WASP revenue" because of stringent policies about content fraud, after years of complaints.

Vodacom keeps changing the reason it claims to be SA’s best network – and an advertising regulator is getting tired of its games

2019-05-09 16:28

The appeals committee of SA's advertising regulator says Vodacom shouldn't be claiming to be the best cellphone network in the land anymore, as MTN complained – and Vodacom looking contemptuous because it keeps trying.

Load shedding will hit data prices, cellphone companies warn

2019-03-20 05:42

Stage 4 load shedding places additional strain on cellphone towers as batteries are increasingly unable to recharge.

Vodacom backtracks after outrage: It will now roll over data for free

2019-02-27 13:28

Vodacom was going to be the only mobile operator to charge for data rollovers to the next month.

Cellphone data rules change this week - here's how it will work at Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom

2019-02-25 06:30

From the beginning of March, South Africans have to be warned if they use out-of-bundle data, and they will also be able to roll over data.


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.

Load shedding will hit data prices, cellphone companies warned

2019-10-16 08:53

Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding on Wednesday.

A new plan says government intervention can make data 25% cheaper within three years – here’s why that is quite optimistic

2019-08-29 09:13

Mobile operators have long blamed the lack of spectrum for high data prices.

Vodacom is pulling in 67,000 customers a day in South Africa as its prices fall – and it says data will keep getting cheaper

2019-07-25 09:27

Vodcom reported 608,000 new customers on its network in its most recent quarter, while its service revenues declined. But the really big drops in data costs will come once it has new promised spectrum, the company says.

Data prices could start falling from next month - here's why

2019-07-05 12:50

South Africa has some of the most expensive data in the world.

Vodacom is spending billions on 'SA’s cheapest data network' Rain, while its own data prices continue to plummet

2019-05-13 12:22

Vodacom will soon have spent R2.3 billion in capital on the much smaller data-only network Rain, its latest financial results show – money its competitors think will be very well spent.

Why Telkom will not yet invest in 5G – and when 5G will be available at Cell C, Vodacom, MTN, and Rain

2019-05-06 09:12

5G promises to be up to be 20 times faster than 4G.

You can now transfer your cellphone data to other people for free - except if you're with Vodacom

2019-03-01 14:11

It also charges the most for out-of-bundle data usage.

Vandalism of South Africa's cellphone network nearly doubles during load shedding

2019-02-13 07:48

Cell C, the country’s third largest mobile operator, said during load shedding nearly 30% of its network is affected by vandalism.

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