8ta had us all in awe when they launched their “Go Big” 10GB data bundle for only R199 per month, the cheapest data bundle to date from any mobile service provider in South Africa. Well 8ta is not done yet, as they have now launched their new promotion targeted at prepaid data called “Go Big 3G Big” which offers prepaid clients 3GB of data for R149 which works out to ~R49 per GB or 5 cents per MB which is now the cheapest prepaid data bundle available in South Africa.
The bundle is comprises of 2GB of anytime data and 1GB of Midnight Surfer data for use between 12am and 5am, and promotion will be available from Sunday 21 August 2011 by dialing *180# from your 8ta phone and this promotion can also be used on all existing prepaid data modems that are able to use the 8ta network.
“This offer gives users the freedom to purchase an economically priced data bundle as and when needed, with no contract commitments or large upfront payments. It also provides contract subscribers from all networks with the ability to topup their data usage for the remainder of the month”, said Maharaj, Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile
Below is a comparison of the table showing 8ta’s new promotion up against its top rivals, you can instantly see the savings compared to Cell C, Vodacom and MTN. You can check out the 8ta website for more details.
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8.ta responds to the needs of the pre-paid market with an aggressively priced data package
Following the launch of 8.ta’s 10GB post-paid data bundle promotion which took the mobile broadband industry by storm, South Africa’s newest mobile operator is now introducing a new offer with low broadband rates for pre-paid users. Once again, the mobile entrant is living up to its promise to deliver value to the mobile communications market.
8.ta is offering a 3GB pre-paid data bundle promotion at R149, which consists of 2GB anytime data and 1GB Midnight Surfer data for use between 12am and 5am. Users will basically be paying 5 cents per MB.
Managing Executive of Telkom Mobile, Amith Maharaj, said 8.ta has responded to the need for an aggressively priced pre-paid data bundle.
“This offer gives users the freedom to purchase an economically priced data bundle as and when needed, with no contract commitments or large upfront payments. It also provides contract subscribers from all networks with the ability to topup their data usage for the remainder of the month”, said Maharaj.
This promotional bundle will be available from Sunday 21 August 2011.
Participating Telkom Direct Stores, 8.ta Flagship stores, Altech Auto Page and Nashua Mobile will activate the SIM for access to the new Pre-paid Data promo rate plan immediately. For standard Pre-paid SIM Cards purchased and RICA’d at any other channels the subscriber will need to contact the 8ta call centre on 081180 or 081183 to convert to the new pre-paid Data promo Rate plan.
In line with the purchasing of any pre-paid service, subscribers will need to perform the RICA process at the channel. Once subscribers have been provisioned for the Pre-paid Data promo rate plan, they may load airtime onto their SIMs and then purchase the R149 bundle via USSD by dialling *180# on their handset or modem dashboard and then following the Data Bundle purchase menu prompts. As with all other 8.ta Pre-paid data bundles, the bundle is valid until the end of the next calendar month e.g. if a subscriber purchases a bundle on the 1st of September the bundle will only expire on the 31st of October. There is no limit to the number of pre-paid data bundles a subscriber can purchase.
Existing Pre-paid Per Second Billing and Per Minute Billing users will be allowed to convert to the new Pre-paid Data promo Rate plan by calling the call centre on 081180 or 081183.
The Pre-paid data offer will only be offered on 8.ta’s network. The following link, available on the 8.ta website, provides a comprehensive coverage map for those who want to check if they are within the coverage area – http://www.8ta.com/coverage/
To prevent bill shock, 8.ta provides users with a ‘safety net’ to check balances and make out-of-bundle purchase decisions in real-time using the redirect functionality.
With this offer, the users will also receive a free e-mail account with free access to online Office Web Applications such as MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint to store documents online without having to purchase a license.
The offer does, however not include a modem, giving customers the option and freedom to utilise their existing compatible modems or buy a compatible modem that suits their needs.
The following data modems are available at 8.ta stores:
- Huawei E173 (Capable of up to 7.2Mbps Downlink and up to 5.76 Uplink Speed) @ R 349 incl. VAT
- Huawei E367 (Capable of up to 21.6Mbps Downlink and up to 5.76 Uplink Speed) @ R699 incl. VAT
- Huawei E1820 (Capable of up to 21.6Mbps Downlink and up to 5.76 Uplink Speed) @ R699 incl. VAT
Subscribers will also have access to a free call-out and support service with every purchase of a data modem from 8.ta.