Moneysmart's Once Off Data Bundle Comparison

Written by: Stefan de Klerk
In a recent research study conducted by World Wide Worx, it‘s been shown that the average cell phone user‘s spend on data has increased by 50% in the last 18 months. On the other hand, the amount of money spent on voice calls has dropped by the same difference in that period.
Because smartphones are becoming such an integral part of our lives moneysmart decided to compare data bundle rates – smartphone users should do their research and check their provider‘s data rates to ensure that they‘re getting the best value for their money.
Moneysmart, is dedicated to champion the consumer, by analysing the facts and figures to help you make more informed financial decisions. So check out the table below in which moneysmart compared the various once off data bundle packages offered by the major cell phone networks in South Africa.

Please note that Virgin mobile was not included in this exercise as the network provider doesn‘t offer data bundles and instead charges a flat fee of 60c/MB.
Once Off Data Bundle Comparison:

On the moneysmart community you can check out more great comparisons, such as an iPhone 4S Comparison. You can also find infographics and expert financial and lifestyle content.
*MTN offers unlimited data usage for a 24-hour period at a rate of R50. According to the MTN representative consulted MTN‘s fair usagee policy applies. This means that after reaching 150MB, your connection speed will be reduced to 125kb/sec.
Moneysmart tip: Out-of-bundle data rates are generally costlier than in-bundle rates so it‘s a pretty good idea – if possible from a budgetary standpoint – to have a data bundle loaded on your smartphone at all times.
Disclaimer: This comparative exercise is not intended to favour one network over another. The rates compared were taken directly from the networks‘ websites and all information provided was accurate and up-to-date as of 8th October 2012. moneysmart cannot be held responsible for any decisions based on the information provided in this comparison. It‘s recommended that you consult with a network representative when making any decisions.