|Vodacom, Cell C compete in iPhone arena|
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 13:15
Vodacom has followed rival mobile operator Cell C with the release of cheaper iPhone packages, or “Smart Plans” for Apple's fifth-generation smartphone.
While SA's first and second operators, Vodacom and MTN, respectively, have had the latest iPhone, the iPhone 4S, on their shelves since December last year, third operator Cell C started stocking Apple products for the first time this past weekend.
Cell C customers can now get the iPhone 4 and entire iPhone 4S range on Straight Up contracts, ranging from R329 per month for the iPhone 4S 16GB, to R799 per month for the 64GB handset.
Yesterday, Vodacom unveiled new iPhone 4S packages as part of its “all-in-one Smart Plans” – packages introduced last week that include the handset, data, talk time and SMSes. Prices start from R319 per month, for the iPhone 4S 16GB – and go up to R799 per month for the 64GB version.
Cell C's entry-level contract, for the iPhone 4S 16GB, costs R10 more than Vodacom's price on the same phone and includes significantly fewer minutes and SMSes (50 minutes and 50 SMSes as opposed to 95 minutes and 100 SMSes on Vodacom's plan), and includes 250MB more data.
Both operators' top packages, for the iPhone 4S 64GB, are available for R799 per month. Cell C's plan – Straight Up 400 – includes 400 minutes, 400 SMSes and 700MB of data, while Vodacom's plan – Smart Advanced – includes 810 minutes, 400 SMSes and 400MB of data.
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