Since the launch of its mobile broadband internet services, Telecel has maintained that the pricing, US 10 cents per megabyte of data, was for pilot testing purposes only. Part of that is of course the fact that they commenced the commercial bit of rolling out their internet without seeking the regulator’s approval and they had to reimburse customers when POTRAZ directed them to. They decided to just leave it at that until today.
Telecel released its ‘commercial’ mobile broadband charges in an advert published in the print press today. We hope all is in order this time. The big change with the commercial pricing is that Telecel is introducing bundles as opposed to the flat rate price for all data. The advantage here for subscribers is that they can buy bigger bundles for less than the current price per megabyte.
The bundle’s price per megabyte, like is standard on other networks, gets expensive as the bundle gets smaller. The smallest, a 55 megabytes bundle, is priced at US $5 (9 cents per megabyte) while the 3 gigabytes bundle, the largest, is going for $150 (just 5 cents an MB). In between is the 550MB and 1,25GB bundles priced at $45 and $85 respectively. The out-of-bundle rate per MB remains 10 cents.
You can compare that to Econet data prices on the Econet Broadband ‘On the Go’ page (we suspect that page needs some updating by the way, so we hope Econet will respond to our request for the latest price schedule).
Bundle prices aside, Telecel remains the mobile operator with the most attractive offer for mobile broadband as they provide free data for every voice credit purchase.
The Telecel website has not been updated with the current mobile broadband pricing information.