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Vodacom has cut data prices by up to 40% and will provide free data to access essential services through Vodacom’s zero-rated platform ConnectU with immediate effect. The cellular provider states the value of these initiatives is some R2.7-billion over the next year.

Vodacom’s various 30-day data bundle prices will be cut across all of its channels by up to 40%, with new prices as below:

30-day bundle size

New Price

Reduction

50 MB

R12

40%

150 MB

R29

33%

325 MB

R55

33%

500 MB

R79

21%

1 GB

R99

34%

3 GB

R229

23%

5 GB

R349

14%

10 GB

R469

22%

20 GB

R699

31%

The latest data reductions will complement the discounted bundle offers that will also be made available to prepaid customers in more than 2000 less affluent suburbs and villages around the country. For qualifying communities to access further discounted voice and data deals, they need to click on the scrolling ConnectU banner on the platform via connectu.vodacom.co.za.

ConnectU – which is a zero-rated platform if accessed from a Vodacom SIM – also goes live today. It will provide content aimed at social development and offers a variety of essential services for free. Learners and students enrolled in schools and universities can access relevant information for free, with no data costs. The ConnectU portal includes a search engine linked to open sources such as Wikipedia and Wiktionary as well as free access to job portals; free educational content on the e-School platform; free health and wellness information and free access to Facebook Flex, the low data alternative to Facebook that enables customers to stay socially connected.

Vodacom’s Just4You platform has been a significant contributor to the approximately 50% reduction in effective data prices over the past two years. Cuts in out-of-bundle tariffs and the introduction of hourly, daily and weekly bundles with much lower effective prices have also driven increased value and affordability, resulting in R2 billion in savings for customers in 2019.

To access ConnectU, visit connectu.vodacom.co.za, FREE from a Vodacom SIM.

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