8ta Challenges Other 3G Service Providers
South African Service Provider 8ta Releases Industry Leading 3G Package
The internet connectivity price war heats up as 8ta (mobile division of Telkom South Africa) releases a 10GB (or 10+10) internet data package. See 8ta Webpage
This moves offers to bring affordable connectivity to the bandwidth and data traffic starved SA consumer.
It is not our policy to recommend any product we have not tested, however, this package is significant and worthy of mention.
We have several questions that at this time remain unanswered: What data speed (bandwidth) is provided,? Is this data ‘shaped’? we will endeavour to find the information in the next week.
Should these answers, especially the ‘shaping’ question be satisfactory – i.e. UNSHAPED – we will be taking up this offer, and will bring a full review once we have used it for some time…
Amith Maharaj, managing executive of Telkom Mobile, says consumers have expressed concern about the cost of mobile data and he believes 8ta’s aggressive new pricing will help win over those customers.
“Price has seemed to be the barrier to entry until now,” Maharaj says.
A quick price comparison of the various ‘special offers’ currently available in SA:
|Standard data||After hours data||Price||Basic Cost/MB||Lowest Cost|
|8ta 10GB + 10GB||10GB||10GB||R299.00||R0.0190||R0.0140|
|Vodacom 2GB + 2GB||2GB||2GB||R149.00||R0.0730||R0.0360|
|Cell C 2GB||2GB||R149.00||R0.0730||R0.0730|