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The cheapest big month-to-month mobile data bundles in South Africa

If you need 10GB every month, or a big once-off top-up, you may look for the cheapest deals in South Africa. While you can get cheaper mobile data prices if you take out a 24-month contract, many people would prefer not to commit to a data package for such a long period. This is where prepaid, and the month-to-month mobile data packages offered by Internet service providers, shine.

You might assume that since ISPs like Afrihost and Vox offer special month-to-month packages through a wholesale agreement with a network operator, they would have the best prices across the board. However, as the table below shows, this is not the case when it comes to larger data bundles.

Operator

10GB

20GB

5GB

2GB

1GB

Telkom R399 R599 R299 R149 R99
Vox R459 R959 R239 R89 R49
Afrihost Mobile (base) R497 R987 R247 R99 R58
Cell C R599 R999 R399 R249 R149
Vodacom R599 R999 R399 R249 R149
MTN R650 R1,250 R430 R260 R160
Afrihost Mobile (top-up) R990 R1,980 R495 R198 R99

Afrihost Plus and other value-adds

A factor to consider in this comparison is that each operator and service provider has their own set of value-adds, which make their bundles more attractive. Axxess, Afrihost’s sister company, offers a three-month rollover on its data, for example.

Telkom’s FreeMe boost bundles include free SMS messages, on-network minutes, and extra data for instant messaging and voice-over-IP services. Cell C’s DataExtenda bundles don’t expire, as long as you keep loading a new bundle before your current one expires. MTN has “data givebacks” which offer an extra allotment of data for a limited period.

The only one relevant to this comparison is the extra 1GB you get on a 2GB bundle for 30 days, effectively making it a 3GB bundle. Besides the MTN data giveback promotion, these extras are not quantified for the purposes of this comparison. However, it would be remiss of us not to look at Afrihost Plus – an add-on that lets subscribers double the data of one of their capped packages.

It also includes 500MB of free Afrihost Mobile data.

The table below summarises how the addition of Afrihost Plus – which is an extra R99 per month – changes the data price comparison.

Operator

10GB

20GB

5GB / 6GB

2GB

1GB

Afrihost Mobile (with Plus) R346 R596 R244 (6GB) R157 R128
Telkom R399 R599 R299 R149 R99
Vox R459 R959 R239 R89 R49

Now read: Crystal Mobile vs Afrihost Mobile – Price comparison[1]

References

  1. ^ Crystal Mobile vs Afrihost Mobile – Price comparison (mybroadband.co.za)

Afrihost Mobile web traffic routing issues resolved

At the start of April, several Afrihost Mobile customers complained on the MyBroadband forums that they were unable to reach a number of sites. These included Reddit, npmjs, Drupal, Jalopnik, Gizmodo, Fastly, and NYTimes. Reddit’s apps were also unable to connect.

Afrihost confirmed on 13 April that certain APN users in the Cape region were affected by the issue. One user stated that their service worked fine inland, but when they travelled to Cape Town they couldn’t access Reddit. Another noted that all of the affected sites appeared to use Fastly’s delivery network, and that use of a virtual private network service like Tor provided a workaround for the problem.

Content delivery network

Afrihost told MyBroadband that the issue was specific to sites delivered over Fastly.

“Fastly, a content delivery network used by sites like Reddit, Disqus and others, recently launched a local presence in South Africa,” said Afrihost. “We discovered that their local point of presence was not accepting our mobile IP addresses in some instances, which made certain content unavailable to those users.” Afrihost said its network team has been in contact with Fastly to address the issue, and any other issues which may arise in the future.

“We believe this issue has been resolved,” said Afrihost.

Now read: Crystal Mobile vs Afrihost Mobile – Price comparison[1]

References

  1. ^ Crystal Mobile vs Afrihost Mobile – Price comparison (mybroadband.co.za)

Crystal Mobile vs Afrihost Mobile – Price comparison

Crystal Web recently launched mobile data packages on Vodacom’s last-mile network. Mobile data is provided over the Vodacom last-mile network and then breaks out to the Internet via Crystal Web. While not entirely a like-for-like comparison, it is interesting to see how Afrihost’s existing MTN-based mobile data deals compare to Crystal Web’s new mobile products.

Both are offered on a month-to-month basis, allow existing contract subscribers on the cellular networks to use their packages, and disallow default out-of-bundle usage. If you run out of data on Crystal Web, you can upgrade your package. On Afrihost, you can opt-in to pay 10c per megabyte out-of-bundle.

Crystal Mobile packages range from 500MB to 3GB, while Afrihost’s go up to 20GB.

As a launch promotion, Crystal Web is offering mobile bundles for R1 for the first month.

After the first month, normal prices apply.

Bundle

Afrihost Mobile

Crystal Mobile

Network MTN Vodacom
500MB R29 R69
1GB R58 R99
2GB R99 R199
3GB R145 R299
Term Month-to-month Month-to-month
Top-ups R99/GB Upgrade if your cap runs out
OOB Optional: 10c/MB None

Now read: Crystal Web launches R1 ADSL special[1]

References

  1. ^ Crystal Web launches R1 ADSL special (mybroadband.co.za)