In a significant upgrade of their capped fibroniks packages, ZOL has raised the cap on its $39 package from 15GB to 25GB and the $89 package from 30GB to 50GB. The upgrade seems to have gone into effect last night as some customers of the provider “complained” on social media that they were getting more data than they signed up for – No April fools!
ZOL’s website still shows the old packages, but sources have confirmed the upgrade. In the past several weeks ZOL has hinted on social media that they would be unveiling some exciting new packages. We’ll be checking for solid information on what else has improved but right now our hopes are that the the entry price for uncapped packages has reduced from the common-man-prohibitive $149.
Chance are however that no such change will happen – fact is them not reducing the price on the capped packages (but upgrading the caps) means their biggest problem/cost is not the data they can give you, but all the other costs of running a business that provides that data. Things like marketing and people.
Unfortunately therefore, unless ZOL reduces the uncapped packages prices, alternatives on the market like TelOne’s $89 uncapped ADSL will remain the preferred option for those that don’t want to constantly watch their consumption.
In fact ZOL’s move comes after TelOne doubled the data on all their capped packages in December. $42 on TelOne’s ADSl currently buys you 50GB. Of course the quality (speed and reliability) of a fibre connection and an ADSL are anything but comparable. Still in a country where people are increasingly watching their spend though, quality may be something the thrifty are ready to sacrifice.