Pressure on South African mobile broadband prices is not showing signs of easing

Pressure on South African mobile broadband prices is not showing signs of easing

When Cell C launched the first ever mobile data specials in Mzansi with their 2gig and 5gig bundles in October 2010, this brought down the cost per MB to as low as 5 cents for both contract and prepaid customers. I predicted at that stage that this marked the start of downward trend in data prices, and so far I have been proved right.

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Some of the many things you did not know you can do with your iPhone

We all know that the iPhone, as it is the case with all Apple products, is not cheap. Thus, this post will help you “sweat your asset”. While I have many downloaded apps on my iPhone, I chose only the ones with practical use and left out the gimmicky stuff. So, here goes.

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Some of the many things you did not know you can do with your iPhone

We all know that the iPhone, as it is the case with all Apple products, is not cheap. Thus, this post will help you “sweat your asset”. While I have many downloaded apps on my iPhone, I chose only the ones with practical use and left out the gimmicky stuff. So, here goes.

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Which iPad2 model should you buy?

Option 1 is to buy iPad2 3G model and spend R1,100 more. Option 2 is to buy the iPad2 WIFI model and a Huawei mobile wireless modem (called MIFI) and spend R1,500 more. The key reason why you must consider 2nd option, is that you can wirelessly connect 4 additional devices on your MIFI.

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Part 1: Why are broadband prices so high in South Africa compared to Kenya?

While in Kenya on a social media assignment last week, a friend told me that he pays 1 Kenyan Shilling for a SMS. On 1 October 2011, 1 South African Rand (ZAR) = 12.34 Kenyan Shillings (KES). When I convert Kenya’s cost of SMS in South African currency, this comes to 8 cents. The cheapest SMS rate in South Africa right now is 15 cents. Thus, this is close to 100% more expensive than the Kenyan rate! Why?

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*DeathbyDigitalMarketingConference* era for marketers? Here’s my 10-point selection checklist

Since the beginning of 2011, there have already been numerous paid public conferences on or incorporating elements of digital marketing in South Africa. Recent conferences I am aware of are – Thinking Mobile, Integrated Marketing Communication Conference, Mobile Media Mindblast and Social Media World Forum Africa.

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