The largest networks are usually the best networks, they have become the largest because they know their competition and they’ve beaten it. In South Africa the largest networks are Vodacom, MTN, Telkom Mobile and Cell C. Cell C have proven themselves as not just innovative, but reliable and trustworthy. Their wide range of packages and extensive coverage as well as their high speed internet make them an ideal choice!
Cell C has a range of packages called CasualChat. These deals are aimed at giving you inclusive minutes to use off-peak. It’s perfect for anyone who makes most of their calls in the evening or weekend and is great if this is your first cell phone contract, because it’s not too highly priced. On CasualChat, you get two kinds of packages, CasualChat 100 and Anytime – we’ve outlined them below to give you a better idea of what they include and how they compare.
On CasualChat 100, for R115 per month you get 100 minutes / 6000 seconds of off peak calls. Domestic calls during peak hours to Telkom are charged at R2.30 per minute (3.8c per second), domestic calls during peak hours to other cellular networks are charged at R2.70 per minute (4.4c per second) and domestic calls during peak hours to Cell C numbers are charged at R1.80 per minute (3c per second). Off peak calls are charged at 95c per minute to Telkom numbers, R1 per minute to other cellular networks and 90c per minute to Cell C numbers. International calls during peak hours are charged at R1.85 per minute plus the Telkom rate and off peak are 95c per minute plus the Telkom rate. Peak sms’s are 80c each and off peak sms’s are 36c each. International sms’s are R1.50 each.
The CasualChat 100 deal is perfect for most users, it offers a good amount of airtime at a reasonable rate. The charges are comparable to other networks and if you can handle making calls off peak, then this package will suit you perfectly.
CasualChat Anytime is a less expensive option with less inclusions that caters to those of us who don’t only use our phones in the evenings or weekends – we use them anytime!
Priced at R130 per month, you get 50 minutes / 3000 seconds of anytime airtime. Domestic calls during peak hours to Telkom are charged at R2.30 per minute (3.8c per second), domestic calls during peak hours to other cellular networks are charged at R2.70 per minute (4.4c per second) and domestic calls during peak hours to Cell C numbers are charged at R1.80 per minute (3c per second). Off peak calls are charged at 95c per minute to Telkom numbers, R1 per minute to other cellular networks and 90c per minute to Cell C numbers. International calls during peak hours are charged at R1.85 per minute plus the Telkom rate and off peak are 95c per minute plus the Telkom rate. Peak sms’s are 80c each and off peak sms’s are 36c each. International sms’s are R1.50 each.
The downside of CasualChat with Cell C is if you call during peak hours you’ll be billed more than usual, so if you’re actually using your phone all the time, don’t be lured in by the cheaper off peak call rates because you won’t be benefited by them!
Considering each of these packages can be confusing, especially if you’re not sure of what your usage is. For some advice on what package would suit you best is available from the customer care centres of most networks. Speak to someone or even visit them in store so they can properly assess what packages would be best. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get straight answers. Cell phone contracts are usually 24 months long, so it’s a big commitment and if you’re on the wrong contract those months can drag on endlessly!