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February 2nd, 2017 by

Vodacom have recently announced that their data costs have fallen over 15% during the course of the last year.

This is somewhat unsurprising due to the ongoing #datamustfall campaign that has flooded social media. South Africans, it seems, have had enough of the exorbitant charges that come with data.

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Who Has The Best Data Deal In South Africa?

We thought we would take a look at the main service providers in the country and what you can expect to pay with each. We took a look at the standard data bundle packages from each provider. These are not inclusive of packages unique to each provider, but are standard data bundles for both contract and prepaid.  Which company comes out tops in the ‘Data Deal War’?

Data Bundle Costs
  Vodacom (R) Cell C (R) MTN (R) Telkom (R)
5MB 5.00
15MB 9.00
20MB 12.00
25MB 7.25
30MB 12.00
50MB 25.00 14.50
60MB 20.00
100MB 29.00 29.00 35.00 29.00
200MB 49.00
250MB 59.00 39.00
300MB 85.00
500MB 99.00 99.00 105.00 69.00
1G 149.00 149.00 160.00 99.00
2G 249.00 249.00 260.00 139.00
3G 299.00 330.00
5G 399.00 399.00 430.00
10G 599.00 599.00 650.00
20G 999.00 999.00 1250.00

In addition, Cell C have larger options:

30GB- R599

80Gb- R899

100Gb- R1599

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The Small Print And Out-of-Bundle Rates

Each service provider offers various packages to suit your unique needs. What has to be considered for MTN, however, is the fact that the data has a lifespan. Depending on the amount of data you buy, it will expire. Most only last 30 days, and once you buy above 5G, that will only last 60 days. Should you want it to not expire and roll over, you will need to contact MTN in order for this to happen.

In many cases, most people have found themselves out of data. The Out-of-Bundle Charges look like this (per MB):

  • Vodacom: R1.50
  • Cell C: R1.10
  • MTN: R0.99
  • Telkom: R0.29


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  • BlckWhite

    that’s why i swapped to mtn , vodacom is the worst!!!!

    • Ashley Crookes

      Just please don’t ever get a contract with MTN. I have had to fight with them so many times over the past few years, I’m buying my next phone from somewhere else and using airtime only – No contracts!

      • Rusty

        Since the first cell phones, those bricks, came out I joined MTN, and trust me what a rip off they became,endless fights I even got an account when I was abroad, yet made no phone calls but my whatsapp. indeed no more contracts it works best, so sick of the rip off all cell companies have become just as bad as DSTV , abroad things are half the price if not less.

  • Pieter Zwanepoel

    The information above is not correct. One can purchase 100 GB anytime data, valid for 1 year, directly from a Cell C shop for R999. That is less than 1c per MB. Also available at R999 is 50 GB + 100 GB (night data from midnight to 06:00). No other ISP comes close.

    • Peaching

      100gb is barely enough for 2 months, nowhere near enough for a whole year

      • Pieter Zwanepoel

        That price has also now changed. You now can get 200GB for R1999. That would be enough for you for 4 months at 50GB per month or R500/m. Plus, it’s mobile and 3G or 4G fast.

        • Peachy

          well that is better 😀

  • Aj Ellis

    Cell C prices went up it is
    R1499 for 100Gig anytime and
    R1999 for 200gig AnytimeAnd the other package for
    R999 for 50Gig anytime and 150 Midnight

  • Martin Janse Van Rensburg

    All I want in life is for someone to explain to me how service providers are able to sell data that “expires”. Does the data go sour after some time?

    • Ashley Crookes

      I’ve been asking the same question for years. Nope. Just plain greed is all it is. If I don’t use my petrol in my car before the end of the month, does Shell or BP come and take it out?! Yeah, exactly. Milk goes sour sure, but data expiring is a load of s***!

    • Rusty

      I an wondering the same, what a ripoff.

    • Tony Wellard

      It’s theft, they are steeling from us, its been paid for and they take it!!

  • Michael Cameron

    Please update this table

  • ali

    hi guy im looking for mtn data 50gGB 80GB 100GB pls must special and unlimited anytime data my email [email protected] or number 0843030434 or 0844986557

  • Sean Dalgety

    South Africa sucks so bad, I pay R35 per month for unlimited data on Vodafone

  • Ashley Crookes

    …so therefore – NO ONE is SA has a good data deal. They are all complete ripoffs.

  • Ashley Crookes

    I’ve just realized that this article was written in February 2017???!!! Why have CompareGuru only just sent out an email today (2 November)?

  • Hugo Viljoen

    You dont mention Afrihost mobile data @ R 50 / GB , These mobile operators are unscrupulous,

    • Peaching

      they are terrible, and they get away with it because the consumer can do nothing about it

  • Nic

    You can also buy a 3 GB from Telkom at R199. Cell C is following in Vodacom’s footsteps: data simply disappears!

  • Peaching

    mobile data in south Africa is a fucking complete and utter rip off and just another reason to leave this shitty country

  • Rool Best

    Well, I am now leaving the UK after 18 years, where data is unlimited for £20/month, and all calls, tex are free…
    Cannot wait to find out what this is going to the cost me in SA. It really looks like they rip you off in any way they can. And there is no reason for that, just greed!!!!