Vodacom to now charge R99 a gig and allow internet-free access to sites such as Wikipedia and job portals

Last year the Competitions Commission released a report slamming Vodacom and MTN for using their market dominance to enable “price discrimination strategies” in the country – something the two operators do not do in other African counties where they operate according to the Commission, who went on to demand a 30% cut in data charges and free access for those living in impoverished areas.

As from 1 April 2020, all Vodacom customers are set to pay at least 30% less for their data bundles – one gigabyte of Vodacom data will cost no more than R99, compared to the current R149. The company plans to further decrease its pricing by April 2021 and are aiming for a 40% reduction in data costs.

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But that’s not all, as from next month Vodacom will also ‘zero-rate’ a number of websites. Meaning users can access a number of websites without the internet. These sites will include university portals, Wikipedia, and certain government e-service portals and departmental websites, like home affairs and school enrolment platforms. Job seekers will also have free access to a handful of approved job portals.

Furthermore, roughly 2000 suburbs and settlements living below the poverty line will receive personalised Vodacom discounts, however, the commission did not disclose the value of these discounts. Read more on the latest local news, right here.


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