Prepaid is better than contract:
- Cheaper per minute voice calls
- Flexibility to move between networks
- Phones can be bought for cash or financed through FNB
- Contacts can destroy your bank account
If you’re on the Vodacom network, you should be on Prepaid – Wesley Tucker
Gone are the day of free phones bundled into contracts. This isn’t Vodacom’s fault, to be fair you’re no longer wanting a Nokia 3210 but an IPhone 6 smart phone. You pay a monthly fee to get the phone on top of your contract price. So if I wanted a Apple IPhone 6 64Gb through Vodacom I’m in for R648.99 x 24 months which equates to R15575. The solution, pop into FNB connect and get the same phone for R575 x 24 months which means an all in cost of R13800, that’s a savings of R1775.
All in all, over the period of 24 months, including the phone and an itemised bill each month, you’re looking at a Vodacom price of R33 311. If I went the prepaid option and FNB, which provides full flexibility, over 24 months I’m paying R28 200.
Contracts have no billing limits
Ms Tarr, a Vodacom customer set R50 contract limit yet she received a R20,000 bill. Her contract also had a R3,000 call limit and an R8,500 account limit, neither limit took effect. Vodacom says it has a disclaimer in its terms and conditions should a limit requested by a customer not kick in and the customer is therefor always liable.