- Rules changes are coming as to how service providers will be able to charge data usage
- Consumers will now be warned if they use up their data bundle
- Additionally, users will be able to carry over unused data or sent it to others on the same network
From the beginning of March, there will be changes to cellphone data usage rules.
These will include consumers being warned when they use data out-of-bundle, as well consumers being able to carry data over.
This comes as a result of changes to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's service charter.
The Authority oversees South Africa's regulations regarding cellular service providers.
The changes will hand a bit more power back to consumers.
For example, the provision that providers will no longer be able to charge you for out-of-bundle data without warning you first will prevent some consumers from ending up with an unexpectedly large data bill.
Consumers will get a notice when they have used 50% and then 80% and 100% of their data bundle.
Additionally, users will now be able to carry over unused data after it expires and send unused data to other customers using the same network provider, according to Business Insider.
Other rules changes will vary from network provider to network provider, with each offering slightly different ways of adhering to the new regulations.
However, data prices in South Africa remain some of the highest in the world. For instance, 1 gigabyte of Vodacom data in South Africa costs nine times as much as 1 gigabyte of Vodafone data (owned by the same company) in Morocco.
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