On Monday, Dale Steyn shared a comparison of pricing of mobile phone data between South Africa and Bali. This has caused a fresh round of complaints about just how high our costs are in South Africa.
"Touch down South Africa. So I just bought 10GB data for R605. In Bali‚ I paid R120 for 25GB! Seriously!" tweeted the South African cricketer.
Several of his followers shared their countries' pricing‚ with Zishan Khan @AhmadZishanKhan saying: "Seriously? In India‚ we pay approximately R75 for 84 GB."
Two years ago the #DataMustFall campaign was piloted by TBo Touch. This campaign has been gaining traction but Mohale Mosala @MohaleMosala has queried why South Africa’s telecoms regulator is not dealing with the issue.
"I don’t know what Icasa is waiting for!! Honestly‚ these companies are stealing from us‚" said Mosala‚ while Gerald @MofgReal commented scathingly‚ "Icasa is led by spineless people".
It was announced last month by the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), that cellphone users would soon have the option to keep their data. This will mean that users will not risk losing data if they have not used it within 30 days. It has also been proposed that cellphone users will receive notification when half, 80% or all their data has been used. This will give people the option to avoid potentially paying higher charges when their data bundle is depleted.
This is all fair and well, and we welcome the changes but many are moaning that the regulator has not proposed any reduced costs of data.
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