Vodacom logoWith the advent of Seacom taking up our minds in the next 6 months, companies finally have to start competing properly. One major problem that Seacom is creating is that the current broadband offerings in SA is all on at least 24 month contracts, which means that anyone who buys the service now will hear a few months from now how the prices are dropping or the caps are being raised for new customers only.

It is for this very reason I just keep on buying prepaid data bundles on my 3G phone. At least I have the choice to stop paying should something better come along.

Today Vodacom announced that from 1 April 2009 all 3G contracts will be automatically enabled to use 3.6Mbps HSDPA transfer speeds. In the past, users had to pay R49 extra per month just for the speed. This is very good news, especially to people who use newer high end phones like iPhones.

"From 1 April 2009, all Vodacom customers will be able to connect to the Vodacom network to the HSDPA 3.6 service with a HSDPA 3.6 capable device, at no extra charge"

The disadvantage is of course that your data cap can now be reached all the sooner. Seeing as the pipe is bigger, you might be tempted to download more seeing as it is so much faster now. This is where MTN (and the wonderful thing we call "competition") comes in. Rumour has it that MTN is starting to offer roll over data bundles, so that a user can carry over data he has not used from one month to the next. (Update: This was confirmed at midnight! So all MTN users can now carry over unused data, amongst other great new features)

If all this innovation comes quickly enough (I just need cheaper bundles!) I might actually never switch from 3G. On the other hand - it is only a little more than a 100 days before Seacom is active.

Let the price war begin!

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