Each operators offers a unique mix of functionality for a fixed upfront price, commonly called a bundle. For detailed information on a various bundles click on a link below:
- Prepaid Data – Lists Vodacom’s daily, monthly and once off reoccurring data bundles
- My 5 voice bundles – 10c/min voice bundles for prepaid price plans (excluding Prepaid 79c) and Vodacom Top Up customers.
- Power Hour – R7 for 60 minute bundles for prepaid price plans (excluding Prepaid 79c) and Vodacom Top Up customers. Valid until midnight
Cell C bundles
Telkom Mobile bundles
Data bundles – lists data bundles from 25MB to 3GB valid for until the end of the next calendar month from date of purchase
SMS bundles – once off bundles are valid until the end of the next month.
Comparing the various South African mobile operator’s prepaid data offerings to find the best priced 1GB data bundle.
MTN has the cheapest all hours 1GB data bundle 7 day and 14 day validity 1GB offers.
Cheapest 1 GB bundle
MTN 1GB bundle – R65 valid for 7 days (R0,07/MB) valid for only 7 days. MTN also extend the validity to 14 days for R89 (R0,09/MB)
Telkom Mobile at R99 for 1000MB (R0,1/MB) but valid for 30 days
A tie between Vodacom and Cell C for their 1GB bundle – R149 (R0,15/MB) valid for 30 days
The Cheapest Prepaid Mobile Internet Bundles Across South African Networks
Startup Picnic Magazine’ picks for various bundles at R50, R100, R150, R200, R250 or R300 price points.
Compared across Telkom Mobile (8ta), Vodacom, Cell C, Virgin Mobile, MTN, Afrihost and Neotel, usable at any time of the day and valid for least 30 days.
MyBroadband compares mobile operator’s prepaid data bundles prices
February 4, 2015 – After price a hike on 1 February 2015, Cell C mobile data bundles below 500MB are still competitive. Above 1GB MTN and Telkom Mobile offer far better value.
MyBroadband compares the best and the worst prepaid mobile deals in South Africa
July 20, 2015 – These deals include mobile data deals from MVNOs such as Afrihost, Axxess and MWEB and range from 250MB for R29 to 5GB for R249
MyBroadband compares bundles offered by ISPs
August 27, 2015 – Internet service providers also offer mobile data products including RSAWEB, Afrihost, MWEB, and Axxess. Prepaid and contract bundles between 1GB and 20GB are compared between ISPs and the big four mobile networks
To save money! Typically out of bundle rates for data are far more expensive compared to in bundle rates typical bundle rates are around 15c for 500MB while out of bundle rates are anywhere from 99c to R2 per MB making bundles over 1000x cheaper in most cases.
Operator out of bundle rates (OOB)
- Vodacom – R2/MB
- MTN -99c/ MB
- Cell C – 99c/MB
- Telkom mobile – 29c/MB
Bundles in general (not just data bundles) have limitations. Any data bundles will only be valid in South Africa and cannot be used while roaming and the per MB roaming charge is often more than R100/MB. Bundles also have a shelf life or a validity period before they expireIn general data bundles last 30 days but some special bundles can be valid for as short as one hour.
Previously bundles were only for prepaid customers, now as the operators have upgraded their systems most bundles are available for both prepaid and contract customers. Some operators have restricted their voice bundles to certain price plans. Typically the price plan with the voice rate per minutes is not able to purchase voice bundles.
RDM Time to wake up to out-of-bundle data rates
First you need to have sufficient airtime loaded, also referred to as as credit in you main account. Many mobile operators will give you “free” or “bonus” airtime on recharges that cannot be used to buy bundles. Once you have loaded the airtime via your bank, voucher or shop then access the operator menu below using the USSD codes below
MTN USSD menu
- Balance *141#
- Detailed balances *141*1#
- Bundle purchase *141*0# option 2
More USSD codes for MTN
Vodacom USSD menu
- Balance *141#
- Main menu *111#
- Detailed balances *141*1#
- Bundle purchases *111*0#
- Buy – opt 2
- More power” – opt 3
- Just for you – opt 4
- Promotions – opt 6
more Vodacom USSD codes
- Balance *101#
- Detailed balances *147# opt 2
- Main menu *147#
- Bundle purchases *147# opt 4
- Balance *100#
- Main menu *180# or *111#
- Bundle purchases *180# opt 1