[CLUG-chat] Telkom Alternatives Advocacy Campaign
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Wed Aug 16 12:44:01 SAST 2006
On Wed, Aug 16, 2006 at 11:10:22AM +0200, Jonathan Carter wrote:
> As a secondary goal, I think it's important to let people know that they
> don't need to pay R79 (ISP) + ~R80 (Line rental, I don't have exact
> figures) + call time, etc when they really just need to do Internet
> banking once a day and download 10 e-mails a week. I know some people
> who pay about R500 a month and all they use their line for is Internet
> banking. I've shown them how to dial up using GPRS, and for their
> personal connectivity requirements, their monthly cost is down to R50.
This is most interesting:-
Most of us are in a similar boat to myself with regards monthly telecom
expenditures, eg. these are estimates for cheaper options (eg. most of
us are paying more than R125 to our ISPs)
Tollkom landline (closer option)R300 - covers most long distance calls
ADSL subscription R245
ADSL - ISP costs R125
Cellphone self R144 - eg. family top-up
Cellphone spouse R144
Total package cost R958
[Tollkom to cellphone - left out for this analysis, I assume you never
do this from your landline]
Now, moving across to GPRS / 3G and dropping Tollkom, could one really
drop this cost by further increasing cellphone costs?
MTN 1GB bundle R499
Cellphone self R300, eg. talk 300
Cellphone spouse R144
So, can one really save money by avoiding tollkom?
Besides not saving much, the latter has the following disadvantages:-
- (1) What about long distance / local calls to family and friends? This
is why I've arbitrarily put R300 for the main cellphone contract eg.
talk 300? It could cost you more, actually.
- (2) I don't think GPRS / 3G is feasible for VOIP / skype over 3g
either from what I can see from cellphone surfing.
- (3) You get "radiated" a lot more. But we'll worry about that later,
- (4) I've assumed you're using your phone and bluetooth, also there was
no cost for a 3G card or bluetooth adapter, etc. In practice you'll
probably need 2 smaller data bundles, what if your spouse wants to check
email while you're away?
- (5) Other people hate calling your cellphone as it costs them more
than calling a landline.
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