Posted by: barrmar on May 20, 2010
MTN's latest "uncapped" offering appears to be very expensive and more than a little misleading.
In brief, MTN is offering two options - 3 GB (Lite) or 10 GB (Pro) as fair usage. You can continue using the Internet after that but at a throttled speed. The Lite sells at R749 per month and the the Pro at R1999. Either package depends on a two year contract.
Anyone that has been using MTN's 3G will know that the high-speed Internet access is often - very often - far from fast. This varies according to where you are and how many people are using the service.
I use MTN 3G from one of my client sites. Yesterday the speed was too slow to do a simple Internet banking transaction. Later that day, the speed improved. Accessing MyDigitalLife has become a challenge - not only because of MTN! but it is still better from home.
Once out of the "fair usage" limits, the service will not be worth using. If it already takes up to 20 minutes to download a 1 MB file, then how much worse can it get when throttled. Perhaps the entire day.
MTN has improved its 3G network coverage over the last few years, but the service is still far from adequate. R2k for 10 Gigs for a poor service? MTN should first focus on improving its network coverage and the capacity before making an offer such as this!