|Cell C||Airtime||SMS||Data||iPhone 7||iPhone 7 Plus|
|Pinnacle 150||150 minutes||150||150MB||R599|
|Pinnacle 250||250 minutes||250||250MB||R699||R799||R879||R799||R899||R959|
|Pinnacle 400||400 minutes||400||400MB||R799||R899||R979||R899||R999||R1059|
|Pinnacle 600||600 minutes||600||1000MB||R899||R999||R1079||R999||R1099||R1159|
|Pinnacle 1000||1000 minutes||1000||2000MB||R1099||R1199||R1279||R1199||R1299||R1359|
Previously we have released our expected Vodacom iPhone 6 price and MTN iPhone 6 price. Apple has since then announced the iPhone 6 will be released on the 24 October in South Africa.
Now it is time to reveal our Cell C iPhone 6 price…
|Cell C||Airtime||SMS||Data||iPhone 6||iPhone 6 Plus|
|ChatMore 200||200 Minutes||0||150 MB||R589||R689||R769||R689||R769||R849|
|ChatMore 400||400 Minutes||0||300 MB||R709||R819||R909||R829||R909||R999|
|SmartChat 2GB||50 Minutes||0||1 GB Anytime
1 GB Night Time
|SmartChat 3GB||75 Minutes||0||1.5 GB Anytime
1.5 GB Night Time
|Infinity Select||Unlimited||Unlimited||3 GB||R1799||R1999||R1999||R1999||R1999||R1999|
With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 set for the 11 April 2014 in South Africa the prices have now become available from Vodacom, MTN and Cell C.
Although the Apple iPhone 5s has already been available in South Africa for 6 months already it is interesting to compare prices.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 on Cell C will cost an extra R50 a month compared to the iPhone 5s.
On a Straight Up 200 Cell C is offering the iPhone 5s at R499 per month (200 minutes, 200 SMS, 200MB + 33MB). On the same contract Cell C is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 at R549 per month (200 minutes, 22 SMS, 200MB + 800MB).
Cell C are giving a massive amount of data with the Galaxy S5 which makes the contract very attractive. When looking back at out records Cell C offer the iPhone 5s on the same contract at R549 at launch. Both the Galaxy S5 and the iPhone 5s carried the same price tag at launch however the iPhone 5s is already 6 months old.
Expect to see a slight increase in price with the iPhone 6.
Cell C have quietly opened up LTE for iPhone 5 users. We received a tip early on 11 May that there was a carrier update available which would enable LTE on the iPhone 5. Upon further investigation it seems that Cell C had even informed Apple about the change as the Apple website now shows that Cell C supports LTE in South Africa, 10 days ago this page didn’t have Cell C listed.
You can enable LTE on your Cell C iPhone 5 by going to Settings, General, Cellular, and there should be an Enable LTE option there. If the option is not available go to Settings, General, Cellular, Cellular Data Network and at the bottom Reset Settings. It will let you know that there are new network carrier settings, this will update your settings to enable LTE.
According to the Cell C website LTE is still under trial and will only be available for DATA and not voice. Here are the LTE coverage maps for South Africa.
Cell C has announced the launch of its much-anticipated Long Term Evolution (LTE) data trial.
A select group of heavy data customers that fall in coverage areas have been identified to form part of Cell C’s free trial LTE service. They will receive a Huawei LTE dongle and 100GB of data to test the company’s service for a limited time.
Cell C currently has sites live on LTE, in each of the trial cities; namely Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Pretoria. The company plans to 100 sites before the end of the year.
Cell C does not intend to rollout LTE on a national scale until there is more clarity regarding government’s broadband plans. Cell C would like to see the formation of a consortium consisting of both private and government entities that will be enabled to roll-out a national LTE network, using the spectrum that becomes available when broadcasters switch from analogue to digital.
Unlike other networks in South Africa who are in a race to have the biggest LTE network in South Africa, Cell C seems to be taking a different approach. Cell C are more interested in doing LTE the correct way, not the make shift job.
LTE as it is at the moment is only about 3,8G and can’t be clarified as 4G. However LTE Advanced in true 4G.
Cell C got into some trouble when it launched it’s HSPA+ network and called it 4G.
It wouldn’t be a surprise if Cell C eventually launched an LTE Advanced network which in the correct terminology would be 4G.
The first is a iPhone 4 8GB with 50 free minutes, 50 sms’s and 350Mb Data for only R249pm
The second is a iPhone 4s 32GB with 200 free minutes, 200 sms’s and 500Mb Data for only R499pm
The third is a iPhone 4s 64GB with 400 free minutes, 400 sms’s and 700Mb Data for only R649pm
CellC has release information about their plans to launch their LTE network in Cape Town and Durban by the end of 2012. This is good news for people who live in Cape Town as Vodacom has stated that their LTE network will not be available in Cape Town until mid 2013.
Alan Knott-Craig, CEO of CellC stated that the intitial phase will be a trail period until the government finalises its position on a national wholesale LTE network. He also stated that CellC will be targeting high end users and supplying them with devices that are LTE compatiable.
This might be interesting for users looking to get the new iPhone 5. CellC has one of the fastest network in the country at the moment with their HSDPA+ network. Only Vodacom’s LTE network is faster but only available in Johannesburg and reaching Durban and Pretoria soon.
iPhone users in Cape Town should be extremely excited about this as it will provide them with an LTE network which Vodacom and MTN won’t be doing until mid 2013.
The really interesting point will be the price of the iPhone 5 in South Africa when it is released. We are still awaiting news about a possible release date.