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Cellphone Network Price Wars
04 Oct 14
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Network Price Wars

You may have noticed that things are heating up in the South African cellular industry, and things are getting even hotter now that ICASA have stepped in with new proposed mobile termination rates.

The good news: The price wars will be good for consumers, and Phonefinder aims to bring the "war” onto one website. The cell phone tariff wars aren’t only about prices though, a big drive is also for tariff packages that offer simplicity and both a data and voice offering – after all smartphones are nothing without data.

Meet the four main fighters:

MTN – Founded 1994

MTN have a range of TalkPlans offering their consumers a range of value added services ranging from unlimited voice to free data. MTN are a step of the curve when it comes to competitive call rates.


Cell C – Founded 2001

Cell C are definitely the underdogs, the true fighters in the war. Cell C have recently offered free WhatsApp services to their clients and promise more revolutionary ideas to come.


Vodacom – Founded 1994

Vodacom are cleaning up their choice range to make picking the perfect cell phone talk plan far easier. Vodacom are also being careful about matching Cell C’s call rates in favour of aiming for superior services.


Telkom Mobile – Founded 2010

Telkom Mobile are undoubtable strong in data, being voted best fixed and mobile data service provider by MyBroadband 2014. With Telkom Mobiles recent rebrand and refocus it is evident that the cell phone market in South Africa is going to get ruffled up by this fighter.


Virgin Mobile – Founded 2006

Virgin Mobile is a joint-venture between the Virgin Group and Cell C. Virgin Mobile is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) who promises to lead by values and reputation and to provide South Africa’s best, simplest and most innovative mobile solution.


A list of the Networks post-paid talk tariffs are listed below.

Network Price Plan Contract length SMS DATA VOICE
Cell C 2 x Cell C 100 Sim Card 24 months 200 200 200
Cell C 3 x Cell C 100 Sim Card 24 months 300 300 300
Cell C Cell C 100 sim card 24 months 100 100 100
Cell C Cell C Hi5 24 months 150 150 150
Cell C ChatMore 200 24 months 0 0 200
Cell C ChatMore 400 24 months 0 0 400
Cell C Control Chat 100 24 months 100 0 R115 Talk Value
Cell C Control Chat 100 Data 100 24 months 100 100 R115 Talk Value
Cell C Control Chat 100 Data 300 24 months 100 300 R115 Talk Value
Cell C Device Only 24 months 0 0 0
Cell C Infinity Select AnyNet 24 months Unlimited 3072 Unlimited
Cell C RBM 100 24 months 50 250 100
Cell C RBM 200 24 months 100 500 200
Cell C RBM TopUp 100 24 months 50 100 R100 Talk Value
Cell C RBM TopUp 150 24 months 50 150 R150 Talk Value
Cell C SmartChat 1GB 24 months 0 500 25
Cell C SmartChat 1GB TopUp 24 months 0 500 25
Cell C SmartChat 2GB 24 months 0 1000 50
Cell C SmartChat 3GB 24 months 0 1500 75
Cell C SmartChat 3GB TopUp 24 months 0 1500 75
Cell C SmartChat 6GB 24 months 0 6000 100
Cell C SmartChat 8GB 24 months 0 8000 150
Cell C Smartdata 10GB 24 months 0 10240 0
Cell C Smartdata 10GB TopUp 24 months 0 10240 0
Cell C Smartdata 12GB 12 months 0 1000 0
Cell C Smartdata 1GB 24 months 0 1024 0
Cell C Smartdata 1GB TopUp 24 months 0 1024 0
Cell C Smartdata 20GB 24 months 0 2048 0
Cell C Smartdata 24GB 12 months 0 2000 0
Cell C Smartdata 2GB 24 months 0 2048 0
Cell C Smartdata 2GB TopUp 24 months 0 2048 0
Cell C Smartdata 300MB 12 months 0 300 0
Cell C Smartdata 3GB 12 months 0 250 0
Cell C Smartdata 3GB TopUp 12 months 0 250 0
Cell C Smartdata 500MB 24 months 0 500 0
Cell C Smartdata 500MB TopUp 24 months 0 500 0
Cell C Smartdata 5GB 24 months 0 5120 0
Cell C Smartdata 5GB TopUp 24 months 0 5120 0
Cell C Smartdata 6000MB 12 months 0 500 0
Cell C Smartdata 60GB 12 months 0 5000 0
Cell C Straight Up 100 24 months 100 100 100
Cell C Straight Up 100 TopUp 24 months 100 100 100
Cell C Straight Up 200 24 months 200 200 200
Cell C Straight Up 200 TopUp 24 months 200 200 200
Cell C Straight Up 30 24 months 30 30 30
Cell C Straight Up 30 TopUp 24 months 30 30 30
Cell C Straight Up 400 24 months 400 400 400
Cell C Straight Up 400 TopUp 24 months 400 400 400
Cell C Straight Up 50 24 months 50 50 50
Cell C Straight Up 50 TopUp 24 months 50 50 50
Cell C Straight Up 800 24 months 800 800 800
Cell C Straight Up 800 TopUp 24 months 800 800 800
Cell C Straight Up STD 24 months 0 0 0
Cell C TopUp Infinity 24 months Unlimited 3072 Unlimited
MTN MTN 10GB 24 months 0 10000 0
MTN MTN 10GB 24 months 0 10000 0
MTN MTN 10MB 24 months 0 10 0
MTN MTN 10MB 24 months 0 10 0
MTN MTN 1GB 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN MTN 1GB 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN MTN 1GB TopUp 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN MTN 1GB TopUp 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN MTN 2GB 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN MTN 2GB 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN MTN 2GB TopUp 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN MTN 2GB TopUp 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN MTN 300MB 24 months 0 300 0
MTN MTN 300MB 24 months 0 300 0
MTN MTN 300MB TopUp 24 months 0 300 0
MTN MTN 300MB TopUp 24 months 0 300 0
MTN MTN 3GB 24 months 0 3000 0
MTN MTN 3GB 24 months 0 3000 0
MTN MTN 500MB 24 months 0 500 0
MTN MTN 500MB 24 months 0 500 0
MTN MTN 500MB TopUp 24 months 0 500 0
MTN MTN 500MB TopUp 24 months 0 500 0
MTN MTN 5GB 24 months 0 5000 0
MTN MTN 5GB 24 months 0 5000 0
MTN MTN 75MB 24 months 0 75 0
MTN MTN 75MB 24 months 0 75 0
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 + Data 24 months 25 100 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 TopUp 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 100 TopUP + Data 24 months 25 100 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 24 months 100 0 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 24 months 100 0 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 + Data 24 months 100 500 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 TopUp 24 months 0 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 TopUp 24 months 100 0 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1200 TopUp + Data 24 months 500 R1200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 24 months 200 0 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 24 months 200 0 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 + Data 24 months 200 500 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 TopUP 24 months 0 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 TopUP 24 months 0 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 1500 TopUP + Data 24 months 500 R1500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 + Data 24 months 25 150 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 TopUP 24 months 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 TopUP 24 months 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 200 TopUP + Data 24 months 150 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 24 months 50 0 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 24 months 50 0 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 + Data 24 months 50 250 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 TopUp 24 months 0 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 TopUp 24 months 0 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 350 TopUp + Data 24 months 250 R350 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 + Data 24 months 25 20 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 TopUP 24 months 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 TopUP 24 months 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 TopUp 24 months 0 R500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 50 TopUP + Data 24 months 20 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 24 months 50 0 R500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 24 months 50 0 R500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 + Data 24 months 50 300 R500 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 TopUP 24 months 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 TopUP 24 months 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 500 TopUP + Data 24 months 300 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 24 months 100 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 24 months 100 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 + Data 24 months 100 300 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 TopUP 24 months 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 TopUP 24 months 0 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN AnyTime 750 TopUP + Data 24 months 300 R750 Talk Value
MTN MTN Light Uncapped 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Light Uncapped 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Light Uncapped TopUP 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Light Uncapped TopUP 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Off Peak 100 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 100 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 100 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 100 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R100 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 200 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 200 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 200 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 200 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R200 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 50 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 50 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 50 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN Off Peak 50 TopUP 24 months 25 0 R50 Talk Value
MTN MTN Prestige Plus 24 months 2000 2000 2500
MTN MTN Prestige Plus 24 months 2000 2000 2500
MTN MTN Pro Uncapped 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Pro Uncapped 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Pro Uncapped TopUP 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN Pro Uncapped TopUP 24 months 0 Unlimited 0
MTN MTN SKY 24 months Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
MTN MTN SKY 24 months Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
MTN My MTN Choice 1 GB Data 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN My MTN Choice 1 GB Data 24 months 0 1000 0
MTN My MTN Choice 100 24 months 0 0 100
MTN My MTN Choice 100 24 months 0 0 100
MTN My MTN Choice 1000 24 months 0 0 1000
MTN My MTN Choice 1000 24 months 100 500 1100
MTN My MTN Choice 1000 BB 24 months 100 500 1100
MTN My MTN Choice 2 GB Data 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN My MTN Choice 2 GB Data 24 months 0 2000 0
MTN My MTN Choice 200 24 months 0 0 200
MTN My MTN Choice 200 24 months 0 0 200
MTN My MTN Choice 25 24 months 0 0 25
MTN My MTN Choice 25 24 months 0 0 25
MTN My MTN Choice 350 24 months 0 0 350
MTN My MTN Choice 350 24 months 100 300 400
MTN My MTN Choice 350 BB 24 months 100 0 400
MTN My MTN Choice 50 24 months 0 0 50
MTN My MTN Choice 50 24 months 0 0 50
MTN My MTN Choice 500 24 months 0 0 500
MTN My MTN Choice 500 24 months 100 300 550
MTN My MTN Choice 500 BB 24 months 100 0 550
Telkom Mobile Completely Unlimited 24 months Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Telkom Mobile Internet 3 24 months 0 1000 0
Telkom Mobile Internet 5 24 months 0 10000 0
Telkom Mobile Night Surfer 24 months 0 10000 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 1.5GB 24 months 0 1500 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 15GB 24 months 0 15000 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 2.5GB 24 months 0 2500 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 250MB 24 months 0 250 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 3GB 24 months 0 3000 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 500MB 24 months 0 500 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 5GB 24 months 0 5000 0
Telkom Mobile SmartInternet 750MB 24 months 0 750 0
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 100 24 months 0 150 100
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 150 24 months 0 300 150
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 250 24 months 0 500 250
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 375 24 months 0 750 375
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 50 24 months 0 75 50
Telkom Mobile SmartPlan 500 24 months 0 1200 500
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 100 24 months 0 150 100
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 150 24 months 0 300 150
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 250 24 months 0 500 250
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 375 24 months 0 750 375
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 50 24 months 0 75 50
Telkom Mobile SmartSaver 500 24 months 0 1200 500
Telkom Mobile Unlimited Voice 24 months 0 0 Unlimited
Virgin Mobile Classic 100 24 months 100 100 R100 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Classic 150 24 months 150 150 R150 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Classic 200 24 months 200 200 R200 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Classic 300 24 months 300 300 R300 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Classic 500 24 months 500 500 R500 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Data Classic 300 24 months 0 2000 0
Virgin Mobile TopUp 149 24 months 1000 50 R150 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile TopUp 199 24 months 100 100 R200 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile TopUp 299 24 months 150 150 R300 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile TopUp 599 24 months 250 250 R600 Talk Value
Virgin Mobile Will have to be created each time. 24 months 0 0 0
Vodacom 350 Anytime 24 months 0 0 410
Vodacom 4 U Contract 24 months 0 0 0
Vodacom All Day 100 24 months 0 0 100
Vodacom BlackBerry 100s 24 months 0 BIS 120
Vodacom BlackBerry 240 24 months 0 BIS 300
Vodacom BlackBerry 500s 24 months 0 BIS 680
Vodacom BlackBerry Email s 24 months 0 BIS 0
Vodacom Business Call 24 months 0 0 20
Vodacom Business Call s 24 months 0 0 20
Vodacom Corporate 550s 24 months 0 0 550
Vodacom EveryDay Off-Peak 120 24 months 0 0 120
Vodacom EveryDay Off-Peak 500 24 months 0 0 500
Vodacom Frequent Call s 24 months 0 0 20
Vodacom iPhone 120s 24 months 100 500 120
Vodacom iPhone 240 24 months 100 500 300
Vodacom Iphone Everyday Off-peak s 24 months 50 250 120
Vodacom MyGig 1 24 months 0 1024 0
Vodacom MyGig 1 TopUp 24 months 0 1024 0
Vodacom MyGig 1.5 24 months 0 1536 0
Vodacom MyGig 10 24 months 0 10240 0
Vodacom MyGig 10 TopUp 24 months 0 10240 0
Vodacom MyGig 2 24 months 0 2048 0
Vodacom MyGig 2 TopUp 24 months 0 2048 0
Vodacom MyGig 2.5 24 months 0 2560 0
Vodacom MyGig 20 24 months 0 20480 0
Vodacom MyGig 20 TopUp 24 months 0 20480 0
Vodacom MyGig 3 24 months 0 3072 0
Vodacom MyGig 3 TopUp 24 months 0 3072 0
Vodacom MyGig 5 24 months 0 5120 0
Vodacom MyGig 5 TopUp 24 months 0 5120 0
Vodacom MyMeg 10 24 months 0 10 0
Vodacom MyMeg 100 24 months 0 100 0
Vodacom MyMeg 250 24 months 0 250 0
Vodacom MyMeg 30 24 months 0 30 0
Vodacom MyMeg 500 24 months 0 500 0
Vodacom MyMeg 500 TopUp 24 months 0 500 0
Vodacom MyMeg 750 24 months 0 750 0
Vodacom Red Advantage 24 months Unlimited 1000 700
Vodacom Red Premium 24 months Unlimited 1600 1200
Vodacom Red VIP 24 months Unlimited 2000 Unlimited
Vodacom Shared Talk 1500 24 months 0 1000 1500
Vodacom Smart Advanced 24 months 400 400 630
Vodacom Smart Large 24 months 500 500 250
Vodacom Smart Large TopUp 24 months 500 500 250
Vodacom Smart Light 24 months 100 100 75
Vodacom Smart Medium 24 months 300 300 120
Vodacom Smart Medium TopUp 24 months 300 300 120
Vodacom Smart Small 24 months 200 200 75
Vodacom Smart Small TopUp 24 months 200 200 75
Vodacom Smart Standard 229 24 months 150 150 95
Vodacom Smart Super 24 months 800 800 1180
Vodacom Smart Talk 120s 24 months 100 500 120
Vodacom Smart Talk 500s 24 months 100 500 680
Vodacom Smart XL 24 months 800 800 400
Vodacom Smart XL TopUp 24 months 800 800 400
Vodacom Talk 1000s 24 months 200 0 1180
Vodacom Talk 120s 24 months 0 0 140
Vodacom Talk 130 24 months 0 0 150
Vodacom Talk 200s 24 months 0 0 260
Vodacom Talk 240 24 months 0 0 300
Vodacom Talk 500s 24 months 100 0 500
Vodacom Talk 75s 24 months 0 0 95
Vodacom TopUp 1000s 24 months 0 0 R1000 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 135 24 months 0 0 R135 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 135s 24 months 0 0 R135 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 199 Vodacom 4 Less 24 months 0 0 R199 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 200s 24 months 0 0 R200 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 275s 24 months 0 0 R275 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 315s 24 months 0 0 R315 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 400s 24 months 0 0 R400 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 500s 24 months 0 0 R500 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 590 24 months 0 0 R590 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 75s 24 months 0 0 R75 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 99 24 months 0 0 R99 Talk Value
Vodacom TopUp 99 Vodacom 4 Less 24 months 0 0 R99 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 100 24 months 0 0 R100 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 150 24 months 0 0 R150 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 200 24 months 0 0 R200 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 350 24 months 0 0 R350 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 50 24 months 0 0 R50 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 500 24 months 0 0 R500 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Flexi 750 24 months 0 0 R750 Talk Value
Vodacom uChoose Smart L 24 months 500 500 250
Vodacom uChoose Smart L TopUp 24 months 500 500 250
Vodacom uChoose Smart M 24 months 300 300 120
Vodacom uChoose Smart M TopUp 24 months 300 300 120
Vodacom uChoose Smart S 24 months 200 200 75
Vodacom uChoose Smart S TopUp 24 months 200 200 75
Vodacom uChoose Smart XL 24 months 800 800 400
Vodacom uChoose Smart XL TopUp 24 months 800 800 400



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