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#1 Azimuth

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 01:41 PM

In the last 3 months, one of our bigger carriers surprised the market with a never-seen-before mobile data offering. Well, it was more than data: it was 100 "off-net" minutes, 10,000 "on-net" minutes, 100 SMS, 2GB data, 30GB promo once-off data and 50GB bonus data.

That's 52GB of data every month for 24 months.

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Well, the market exploded. Most people couldn't care less about the minutes and just wanted the data. With a cheap handset I personally got this for the equivalent of $17 a month! I also sold the handset for $75 which further sweetened the whole deal.

Have you guys ever had such deals in the U.S?

P.S. Using an exchange rate of R13.41 to 1 USD for this thread.


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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:25 PM



In the last 3 months, one of our bigger carriers surprised the market with a never-seen-before mobile data offering. Well, it was more than data: it was 100 "off-net" minutes, 10,000 "on-net" minutes, 100 SMS, 2GB data, 30GB promo once-off data and 50GB bonus data.

That's 52GB of data every month for 24 months.

Well, the market exploded. Most people couldn't care less about the minutes and just wanted the data. With a cheap handset I personally got this for the equivalent of $17 a month! I also sold the handset for $75 which further sweetened the whole deal.

Have you guys ever had such deals in the U.S?




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I appreciate your posts regarding wireless in your neck of the woods. Thank you for the updates. As for $17/month for that much usage, no, I have never heard anything like that anywhere.



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:42 PM

Have you guys ever had such deals in the U.S?




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The T-mobile $30 100 minute 5 GB high speed internet prepaid plan is about one of the best "deals" we get over here...  :unsure:



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Posted 10 February 2017 - 06:46 PM

In the last 3 months, one of our bigger carriers surprised the market with a never-seen-before mobile data offering. Well, it was more than data: it was 100 "off-net" minutes, 10,000 "on-net" minutes, 100 SMS, 2GB data, 30GB promo once-off data and 50GB bonus data.

That's 52GB of data every month for 24 months.

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Well, the market exploded. Most people couldn't care less about the minutes and just wanted the data. With a cheap handset I personally got this for the equivalent of $17 a month! I also sold the handset for $75 which further sweetened the whole deal.

Have you guys ever had such deals in the U.S?




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That's a pretty cool deal. 100 sms is a little low but with that much data any OTT solution would work perfectly fine.

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Posted 10 February 2017 - 10:31 PM

I appreciate your posts regarding wireless in your neck of the woods. Thank you for the updates. As for $17/month for that much usage, no, I have never heard anything like that anywhere.

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Any time! I wish I had more on topic stuff to contribute!

So regarding the deal, a lot of people felt like they were selling their souls. This carrier does not offer good customer service and their billing system is a train wreck.

You can already see my account sitting at $48, instead of $17, in the screenshot above. I've queried it and the replies are less than intelligible. I haven't been charged yet, though...

There were fears of throttling as well but, by all accounts, the 50GB data is full speed.

This deal has repeated four times now since Black Friday - yes, retailers are now jumping on the bandwagon (and I won't complain) I've signed up my mom, sister and-brother-in-law too!

I think 2016 was the first time we got anything big for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


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Posted 14 February 2017 - 08:52 PM

Is that MTN in South Africa. I'll be there in April and plan on getting a Sim from them. Much cheaper than vodacom and solid coverage. In my opinion Vodacom is like Verizon here and MTN is like AT&T. I was going to get 5 or 10 GB data only prepaid plan for R430 or R650. I believe these plans are 2 month at a time. My sister is there for 5 month and is on the 5Gb plan. Im worried it won't be enough.

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Posted 16 February 2017 - 11:07 AM

Hi @mirskyc. Yes, MTN in South Africa.

To be honest, this particular deal is the only reason that a lot of people would go with MTN.

Look at Telkom and Cell C as well. Both of these carriers are the underdogs and offer far better deals.


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