|8ta launches cheapest mobile broadband in SA|
Friday, 24 June 2011 11:30
South Africa might be gripped in a cold winter spell at the moment, but the competition between local mobile broadband service providers have just heated up some more.
The country’s fourth and newest mobile network operator, Telkom-owned 8ta, has just introduced a new post-paid broadband promotional offering to the market. Called the Internet 5 Promotion, it offers subscribers a 10 GB data bundle for R199 per month.
Night owls have the option of adding another 10 GB to be used at night between midnight and 5am. This aptly named Midnight Surfer data bundle will cost R100 per month. Subscribers who opt to combine both packages will therefore receive 20 GB of data for R299, which amounts to 1.5 cents per MB, making 8ta’s the lowest mobile broadband rate currently available in South Africa.
“To mark the launch of our new high speed nework, 8ta is “Going Big” with an amazing promotional data offer for a limited time period,” says Amith Maharaj, Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile. “Mobile broadband users will agree that the value provided in this offer cannot easily be found anywhere in the world.”
Although this promotion will only be available for a restricted period, Maharaj points out that those customers who sign up for it will be eligible for the Internet 5 promotional price as well as the Midnight Surfer price for the full 24 months.
The special price, which will be available from this coming Sunday (June 26), is for data only and will not include a modem.
“We have removed the modem from the offer so that customers have the freedom to utilise their existing compatible modems or buy a compatible modem that suits their needs,” says Maharaj.
8ta’s price for its 7.2 Mbps Huawei E173 modem is R349, while its high speed 21 Mbps modem will cost consumers R699.
The offering will include a free e-mail account, as well as online Office Web Applications such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint which enable users to store documents online without having to purchase a license. With every purchase of a 3G data modem from 8ta, subscribers will also be given access to free home support service.
8ta’s out-of-bundle rates remain high at 30c per MB. To prevent customers from receiving an unpleasantly high bill at the end of the month, 8ta says that it will provide users with a ‘safety net’, enabling them to check their balances in real-time.
When the offer launches on Sunday, it will be available at 8ta’s flagship stores, selected Telkom Direct stores, via the Call Centre on 081125, online from www.8ta.com and from Nashua Mobile. These packages will only be offered on 8ta’s network. Consumers can check if they are within the coverage area at the following Web site before making a purchase.
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