Change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.

STOP the rip-off

Data costs in SA are contentious. Why? Which companies are trying to tackle the problem, and how could the regulator help?

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In the early days of mobile phones, sending an SMS cost around R2 a message, no matter where in the world you sent it. Today, prepaid SMS prices range from 10c to 50c a message, depending on whether they’re part of a bundle or being paid for individually. That may sound far more reasonable, but when compared to the fall in voice rates (from R3.50 a minute to well under R1 today), the reduction hasn’t been nearly as precipitous. Plus, it still costs R2 to send an international SMS.

 

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