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    January 12, 2012

    8ta Slashes Broadband Pricing

    Once again it is the newcomer amongst the mobile networks that seem to shake up the pricing for 3G in SA.

    Local mobile broadband provider, 8.ta has today announced reduced broadband rates for its Once-Off Internet packages as well as its Post-paid Internet packages. In addition to this 8ta has also revised its contract terms which now include month to month, 12 and 24 months terms. The month to month contract excludes a modem while the 12 and 24 months contracts will include a modem.

    “œToday 8.ta has reduced its broadband pricing, responding to the need for affordable broadband Internet in the South African market. Effectively, 8.ta has tailored these packages to give users the freedom to choose packages that suit their pockets.

    “œExisting 8.ta Internet subscribers will automatically be migrated to the new price plans, and after their contracts are up for renewal they can also opt to subscribe on a month to month or 12 months contract basis,“ says Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile, Amith Maharaj.

    Once the monthly recurring Post-paid Internet package has been depleted, users will be charged an out-of-bundle rate of R 0.30 per MB while the Once-off Internet subscribers will be charged an out-of bundle rate of R1.00 per MB. Compare this to other mobile broadband solutions out there that still get charged more. For example Vodacom charges R1 per out of bundle meg for contract users, and R2 (!!!!) for prepaid users.

    Post-paid and Once-Off Internet subscribers will also benefit from the following value added services:

    • Free 8.ta email account with 5GB mailbox giving users access to 25GB online storage and free access to online Microsoft Office suite, which includes Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
    • Send 5 SMSs daily and receive 50 FREE SMSs to use on that day.
    • 8·ta also provides users with a “˜safety net‘ to check their balances on the self-service portal and via USSD and make out of bundle purchase decisions in real-time, using the redirect functionality.
    • Users will also receive a free call-out and support services with every 3G data modem purchased.

    Now we have to wait and see to see if the other cellular networks will match this offering. Post-paid Internet Bundles ““ Month to Month contract:

    Data Plans (Incl.VAT) Existing RRP New RRP With National Roaming Revised In-bundle rate Out of Bundle Rate Bundle size
    Internet 1 (No Device) R 195 R 150 R 0.23

    R 0.30

    650MB
    Internet 2 (No Device) R 280 R 210 R 0.14 1.5GB
    Internet 3 (No Device) R 500 R 410 R 0.13 3.2GB
    Internet 4 (No Device) R 800 R 666 R 0.13 5GB
    Internet 6 (No Device) R 1,600 R 1,200 R 0.12 10GB
    Internet 7 (No Device) R 4,000 R 3,000 R 0.12 25GB

     

    Post-paid Internet Bundles ““ 12 Months contract:

    Data Plans (Incl.VAT) Existing RRP New RRP With National Roaming Revised In-bundle rate Out of Bundle Rate Bundle size
    Internet 1 R 195 R 165 R 0.25

    R 0.30

    650MB
    Internet 2 R 280 R 225 R 0.15 1.5GB
    Internet 3 R 500 R 440 R 0.14 3.2GB
    Internet 4 (with Huawei B683) R 800 R 715 R 0.14 5GB
    Internet 6 (with Huawei B683) R 1,600 R 1,250 R 0.12 10GB
    Internet 7 (with Huawei B683) R 4,000 R 3,050 R 0.12 25GB
    Internet 4 (with Huawei B660) R 800 R 710 R 0.14

    5GB

    Internet 6 (with Huawei B660) R 1,600 R 1,245 R 0.12

    10GB

    Internet 7 (with Huawei B660) R 4,000 R 3,045 R 0.12

    25GB

     

    Post-paid Internet Bundles ““ 24 Months contract:

    Data Plans (Incl.VAT) Existing RRP New RRP With National Roaming Revised In-bundle rate Out of Bundle Rate Bundle size
    Internet 1 R 195 R 150 R 0.23

    R 0.30

    650MB
    Internet 2 R 280 R 210 R 0.14 1.5GB
    Internet 3 R 500 R 410 R 0.13 3.2GB
    Internet 4 (with Huawei B683 or B660 Router) R 800 R 666 R 0.13 5GB
    Internet 6 (with Huawei B683 or B660 Router) R 1,600 R 1,200 R 0.12 10GB
    Internet 7 (with Huawei B683 or B660 Router) R 4,000 R 3,000 R 0.12 25GB

     

    Pre-paid Once-Off Internet Bundles

    Data Plans (Incl.VAT) Existing RRP New RRP With National Roaming Revised In-bundle rate Out of Bundle Rate Bundle size
    Once-Off Internet 100MB R 50 R 40 R 0.40

    R 1.00

    100MB
    Once-Off Internet 250MB R 100 R 80 R 0.32 250MB
    Once-Off Internet 500MB R 150 R 120 R 0.24 500MB
    Once-Off Internet 1GB R 250 R 200 R 0.20 1GB
    Once-Off Internet 2GB R 380 R 266 R 0.13 2GB
    Once-Off Internet 5GB R 800 R 666 R 0.13 5GB

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