50GB to uncapped — South African mobile data battle

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Several South African mobile networks offer many large or uncapped data packages, which are great options for home users without fibre.

MTN and Rain sell uncapped mobile data packages at price points that are competitive and often even cheaper than fibre packages from some major ISPs and network operators.

For example, you can get a Rain Basic 5G package for R499 per month, which offers up to a 20Mbps download speed.

If you don’t have Rain 5G coverage, you can get a MyMTN Home Fixed LTE package with up to 10Mbps speeds for the same price.

By comparison, 20/5Mbps fibre package from Webafrica on the Vumatel network is R549 per month.

Though this is faster than the MTN package, fibre coverage is still very limited in South Africa.

The chances of having fixed LTE coverage in your area are much higher, which makes it a more viable option for most households.

The table below shows the uncapped mobile data packages available in South Africa for less than R1,000 per month.

Uncapped mobile data packages
PackageLimitsPackagePrice
Rain Unlimited 4G 24/710Mbps speeds
360p streaming
VPNs throttled
Month-to-month:
SIM-only
R479
Rain 5G Basic20Mbps speeds
720p streaming
VPNs throttled
Month-to-month:
Free-to-use router
R499
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE Uncapped 10MbpsFirst 400GB – 10Mbps
Remaining usage – 2Mbps
Month-to-month: No router
24-month contract: Router
R499
Rain 5G Standard30Mbps speed
1080p streaming
Month-to-month:
Free-to-use router
R699
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE Uncapped 20MbpsFirst 700GB – 20Mbps
Remaining usage – 4Mbps
Month-to-month: No router
24-month contract: Router
R699
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE UnlimitedFirst 250GB – 10Mbps
Next 50GB – 4Mbps
Remaining usage – 2Mbps
ContractR749
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE Uncapped 30MbpsFirst 600GB – 30Mbps
Remaining usage – 4Mbps
Month-to-month: SIM-only
24-month contract: Router
R799
Afrihost MTN Pure LTE UncappedUp to 100MbpsMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R949
Rain 5G Premium“Ultra-fast” speedsMonth-to-month: Free-to-use routerR999
Supersonic Uncapped Fixed LTEUp to 150Mbps speedsMonth-to-month: Free-to-use routerR999

If you don’t require an uncapped package or cannot afford to pay around R500 or more per month on an Internet connection, there are affordable capped packages that have copious amounts of data.

If you are a less regular Internet user but need your connection to be fast when you do use it, then a capped package might also be a better option than uncapped.

MTN advertises up to 150Mbps download speeds on its capped MyMTN Home Fixed LTE packages, for example, which is much faster than the 30Mbps maximum speed on its high-end uncapped fixed LTE product.

Curiously, Vodacom limits the speeds on its capped mobile data packages, which make them less appealing. These are only available on a contract, but fortunately, they include a router.

Telkom recently dropped the pricing of its SmartBroadband Wireless LTE products, making them more competitive with offers from MTN and Cell C.

The table below shows some of the capped mobile packages available in South Africa with large data allocations.

Best capped mobile data packages
PackageAnytime dataNight dataPackage typePrice
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 100GB50GB50GBPrepaid:
SIM-only
R199
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE 60GB60GB60GBMonth-to-month
SIM-only
R249
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE 120GB Capped70GB50GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R269
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE 200GB Capped125GB75GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R299
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE 90GB90GB90GBMonth-to-month
SIM-only
R349
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 200GB100GB100GBPrepaid:
SIM-only
R389
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE 220GB Capped110GB110GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R399
Vodacom Home Internet 10Mbps100GB100GBContract:
Router included
R399
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE 500GB Capped250GB250GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R599
Vodacom Home Internet 10Mbps200GB20GBContract:
Router included
R599
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE 220GB220GB220GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R699
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 400GB200GB200GBPrepaid:
SIM-only
R699
Afrihost MTN Pure LTE400GB400GBMonth to month:
SIM-only
R749
Vodacom Home Internet 20Mbps300GB300GBContract:
Router included
R799
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE 300GB300GB300GBMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R799
Cell C Home Connecta Flexi 1TB1TBn/aPrepaid:
SIM-only
R899
Vodacom Home Internet 20Mbps400GB400GBContract:
Router included
R899
MyMTN Home Fixed LTE 1TB1TBn/aMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R959
Telkom SmartBroadband Wireless LTE 1TB1TBn/aMonth-to-month:
SIM-only
R999

Now read: Concerning trend in mobile data prices in South Africa

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