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    November 16, 2016

    Afrihost announces new Xiaomi smartphone offering with free data

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    Afrihost has announced its plans to offer Xiaomi devices such as the Redmi 2 and Mi 5 alongside staggered bundles of free mobile data.

    While the #DataMustFall movement has brought the price of mobile data in South Africa under scrutiny and larger mobile networks continue to battle it out, smaller ISPs have begun their assault on South Africa’s internet economy by offering their own take on pay-as-you-go contracts. The newest offering comes courtesy of Afrihost, who have announced a new product plan centered around Xiaomi’s devices.

    Read: Xiaomi unveils the Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor

    In an official press release, Afrihost revealed that it would offer the Xiaomi Redmi 2, Redmi Note 2, Redmi 3, Mi Max, and Mi 5 alongside a bundled supply of free monthly data – each amount staggered according to the price of the phone.

    Press Release:

    “This week, Afrihost have added another great offering to their ever-growing portfolio – the Mi Smartphone.

    Mi Smartphones are made by Xiaomi, o ne of the top five smartphone manufacturers in the world. They have a reputation for building devices that are of exceptionally high quality, but without the exorbitant price tag that usually comes with it – and that‘s why Afrihost has chosen to partner with them.

    Mi Smartphones have amazing features like Fingerprint Biometric Access, Large Screens, LTE, Long-Lasting Battery Life, and Powerful Processors, which let you stream hi-def movies, play the hottest games, and enjoy blazing-fast downloads with ease.

    As part of this launch, when you buy your awesome new Mi Smartphone, you‘ll get an Afrihost SIM loaded with FREE Data , every month for a year! This FREE Data is a gift from Afrihost to you, there are no catches, no obligations, no contracts, and no credit checks . Plus, all launch Mi Smartphones are Dual-SIM devices, giving you the best of both worlds by allowing you to keep your existing phone number and SIM Card while enjoying Free and Cheap Mobile Data from Afrihost.”


    Afrihost announced each device’s price plan with accompanying mobile data, with staggered price points as follows:

    Xiaomi Redmi 2 8GB

    R1799 ZAR, with 500MB Free Data per month for 12 months

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    R2799 ZAR, with 500MB Free Data per month for 12 months

    Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Review: Blast from the past

    Xiaomi Redmi 3 32GB

    R3299 ZAR, with 500MB Free Data per month for 12 months

    Read: Xiaomi Redmi 3 Review: Bringing Sexy Back

    Xiaomi Mi Max

    R4699 ZAR, with 1GB Free Data per month for 12 months

    Read: Xiaomi Mi Max review: Is bigger always better?

    Xiaomi Mi5

    R7999 ZAR, with 2GB Free Data per month for 12 months

    Read: Xiaomi Mi 5 Review: On the shoulders of giants


    Afrihost concluded the announcement by citing that customers will be able to pay off a Xiaomi smartphone through their credit card budget facility, or can make a once-off purchase.

    Have your say!

    What are your thoughts? Would you purchase a Xiaomi smartphone to benefit from free Afrihost data? Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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    • Simba

      Yes, I would. But I wouldn’t say the data is free though. If these were the lowest prices in SA, coupled with the free data, that’d be a perfect deal!

      • @simbamudondo:disqus Indeed – were I looking for a new smartphone, I’d be interested in taking this offer up for the benefit of having the Afrihost SIM as a second SIM. Hopefully the prices will drop slightly as Xiaomi continues to come out with new devices – I hope that the Mi 5’s price will be the first one to do so!