With Vodacom being one of the largest networks in South Africa, you are assured of a few things; namely, good coverage, a wide range of hi-tech products and top speed internet. However, the one thing we can’t always expect from a large corporation are reasonable tariffs. In order to give you an idea of what Vodacom’s pricing is like, we’ve listed the details of each of their tariff plans below for your consideration.

Vodacom’s tariff plans are divided into 9 plans or packages, which include Everyday Offpeak 120 (Weekender), BlackBerry tariff plans, Talk tariff plans, Business tariff plans, TopUp tariff plans, Smart tariff plans, Vodacom Red packages and Vodacom data tariff plans. We’ve also included the information regarding Vodacom’s SMS and MMS tariffs for you.

The Smart range of tariff plans are plans with sms and data bundles included in the package. This type of package is ideal for you if you send lots of sms’s or use data and don’t want the inconvenience of topping up all the time. These plans are available in Smart Light, Smart S, Smart M, Smart L and Smart XL. As the Smart range is one of Vodacom’s more popular contracts, we’ve listed below the breakdown of each of these price plans to give you an idea of how they’re structured.

With the Smart Light tariff plan, you pay R135 per month which gets you 100MB of data, 100 bundled sms’s, 75 minutes of bundled talk time with per second billing billed for the first minute and then for each 30 second interval. Domestic calls are charged at R2.70 (Vodacom to Vodacom at R1.75) during peak hours and off peak domestic calls are charged at 95c (Vodacom to Vodacom at 90c), sms are 80c during peak hours and 35c off peak. This is the entry level plan, ideal for students, or those with a tighter budget!

With the Smart S tariff plan, you pay R199 per month which gets you 200MB of data, 150 bundled sms’s, 75 minutes of bundled talk time. Out of bundle call rates are Vodacom to Telkom / Vodacom / other networks is charged at R1.75, out of bundle sms’s are 35c each and out of bundle data is charged at R1/MB.

On the Smart M tariff plan, you pay R299 per month which gets you 300MB of data, 240 bundled sms’s, 120 minutes of bundled talk time. Out of bundle rates are the same as the Smart S tariff plan. If you’re not comfortable with the limits of a Smart Light or S plans, you’ll be happier with the extra data, air time and sms’s.

On the Smart L tariff plan, you pay R499 per month which gets you 500MB of data, 500 bundled sms’s, 250 minutes of bundled talk time. Out of bundle rates are the same as the Smart S and Smart M tariff plans.

On the Smart XL tariff plan, you pay R699 per month which gets you 800MB of data, 800 bundled sms’s, 400 minutes of bundled talk time. Out of bundle call rates are Vodacom to Telkom / Vodacom / other networks is charged at R1.50, out of bundle sms’s are 35c each and out of bundle data is charged at R1/MB.

The primary disadvantage of Vodacom’s Smart range of contracts is that although you don’t have to keep adding data or sms bundles to your package, you’re tied into paying for them for the full 24 month term of the contract – whether you need them or not. If you’re sure you won’t be using them, you should seriously consider another contract because you’ll be paying too much with this. On the other hand, if you are using the bundles each month, Smart plans are aimed at offering you convenience and service that fits your lifestyle.