Mobile Connectivity

Mobile Connectivity is important in most of our modern lives. Connectivity is a convenience we take for granted, until it’s not there, that is.

A few years ago I took the decision to go “Pre-Paid”. When after 24 months, my contract with my mobile service provider of many years, Vodacom, came to an end, I gave notice not to renew the contract and changed to their “Pre-Paid” service.

I immediately felt as if I was saving a lot of money. Clearly my handset was paid off and I was not contributing to that any longer. I think what I like about best about prepaid, is that I felt the contract is more transparent or at least easier to understand.

I experimented with Afrihost, but when they were acquired by MWeb, I moved again.

Finally I settled with a service provider I loathed more than any other, Telkom. I chose Telkom’s 20GB Free Me package, which is available as a once off or a recurring package, besides the 20GB of data it also includes:

  • Free 100 SMSs
  • Free 300 minutes to Telkom Mobile and Telkom Fixed lines
  • Free calls to other networks in SA (FUP of 1 500 minutes per month)
  • Valid for 61 days after recharging
  • Free 500MB for Instant Messaging and VoIP

The best was when Telkom (or the legislation) changed and the data was now valid for 61 days instead of 30.

So for R605 I basically get eat as much as you like data for 2 months and speak as much as you want for 1 month. I normally Top up with a 200min bundle on month 2 which cost me R135. So for R740 I don’t have to worry about calls and data on my mobile device for a whole 2 months.

The only problem is that the Telkom/Vodacom coverage sucks in some areas.

What is the solution? Probably getting a second SIM Card with MTN Data on Afrihost? Is there a better solution? Happy to check out any better prepaid options from Afrihost or MTN South Africa.

After posting about my delima on Social Media, the following tip made the most sense:

Randolf Jorberg says: 200GB CellC prepaid data bundle for R2000 valid 365 days = R166/month for more than enough data. R10/GB is the lowest price available in SA. Data on CellC is pretty reliable and I use a dual SIM OnePlus phone and my main number is on Vodacom.

My only concern is that this made the headlines: https://techcentral.co.za/cell-defaults-on…/95486/

Should I take a risk and go ahead with investing R2000 for a years worth of Data? I think I will.

After unsuccessfully trying a few outlets such as Checkers, I eventually found a CellC sim card at Hillcrest Corner and was delighted by the service I received in store.

CellC has a roaming agreement with MTN so I hope I am not disappointed.

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