Vodacom South Africa slashes data prices further

Vodacom's data price cut, was it enough?

Vodacom South Africa has reduced data prices by up to 14% on certain 30-day data bundles in efforts to make communication more affordable and also to boost the digital economy.

As part of the Vodacom data prices adjustments, the frequently purchased 1GB bundle now costs R85 from R99, with the company offering up to 33% more data on selected 30-day data bundles which gives greater value to customers.

Vodacom has also re-introduced the 30-day 2GB bundle at R159 to give customers wider choice and more value. Tariffs on the 50MB, 3GB, 5GB, 10GB and 20GB 30-day bundles remain unchanged.

“Our aim in reducing these prices is to ensure customers are constantly connected on SA’s leading network,” said Jorge Mendes, Chief Officer of Vodacom’s Consumer Business. “Our purpose is to connect for a better future and ensure that no one is left behind in this new digital age.”

New AllocationOld AllocationOld PriceNew Price 
50MB R12R12No price increase
200MB150MBR29R2933% value increase
350MB325MBR55R498% value increase + 11% price reduction
500MB R79R6913% price reduction
1GB R99R8514% price reduction
2GBNew BundleR159New Bundle
3GB R229R229No price Increase
5GB R349R349No price increase
10GB R469R469No price increase
20GB R699R699No price increase
Source: Vodacom

Since April 2019, Vodacom has almost halved the price of data to ensure access to affordable communication solutions for everyone, especially those with limited resources.

“In our journey towards becoming a leading Pan African technology company, we will not stop until everyone is connected, as it is part of creating a sustainable, inclusive digital society. As a purpose-led organisation, the voice of our customer is important to us, as such we have reintroduced certain bundles to meet the customer demand so we can go further together,” added Mendes

Vodacom, has sold over 4.2 million of its low-cost branded suite of 3G and 4G enabled smart devices in South Africa. This access to connectivity has been further enhanced by prepaid device financing, enabling customers with no credit facilities to pay for 4G devices in instalments.

“Since April last year, we have saved our customers billions of rands through our cost-reduction initiatives and we will continue to do so. We will also invest over R50 billion over a five-year period in infrastructure and new technologies, to increase broadband coverage and data speeds which will bridge the digital divide even more,” concluded Mendes.