While the recommend retail price for the iPhone is still just a recommendation Vodacom have taken it a little to far this time.The recommend retail price for an iPhone 5c 16GB is R8 499, Vodacom are charging R15 099, that's a R6 400 rip off.
The scariest part of all of this is that insurance companies use this price to calculate your premium if you insure your iPhone. You could be paying 50% more that you should be to insure your iPhone. We suggest you check with your insure and ensure they are valuing your iPhone at the recommended retail price and not these insane prices from Vodacom.
Core Group have confirmed that the iPad Air will be available on the 4 December at selected iStore's nationwide. No official word has been giving regarding which stores the iPad Air will be in on the 4 December but the iPad Air should be available in all iStore's by friday 6 December. You can find the iPad Air prices here.
Once again Cell C is the cheapest place to get an iPhone contract. Last year Cell C amazed everyone with their cheap iPhone contract and this year they have done it again. Although it has take some time for their prices to be released they have outdone everyone again.
Vodacom released their prices earlier and their offers looked good. MTN then released their prices and everyone seemed to think that the prices were better but you have to remember that MTN give airtime and not free minutes. This makes a difference because R200 airtime is not 200 minutes, it's actually about 84 minutes. When you do the math you will notice that MTN are very expensive.
Here is a comparison of similar contract. We tried to get the closest to 200 minutes.
|iPhone 5c||iPhone 5s|
|Vodacom Smart L
250 minutes, 500 sms, 500 MB
|MTN Anytime 500
217 minutes, 500 sms, 1000 MB
|Cell C Straight Up 200
200 minutes, 200 sms, 500 MB
|Telkom Mobile Smart Plan 250
250 minutes, Unlimited, 500 MB
As you can see from the table above MTN and Telkom Mobile are the most expensive. Although Vodacom's contract is slightly different to Cell C and offers more the really question is do we want to pay for more SMS's when we have things like iMessage, What's App and BMM?
Here is a comparison between Vodacom and Cell C with almost exactly the same contract.
|iPhone 5c||iPhone 5s|
|Vodacom Smart XL
400 minutes, 800 sms, 800 MB
|Cell C Straight Up 400
400 minutes, 700 sms, 800 MB
On the contract that matters, the one with a iPhone 5s 16GB, Cell C are R100 cheaper with 100 less SMS's.
Who do you have your contract with? What do you think of these prices?
Based on our earlier post where we revealed the prices for the iPad Air in South Africa we have done the calculations and now have the iPad Mini with Retina Display prices for South Africa. Just like the iPad Air the prices are more expensive that the current iPad Mini due the the bad exchange rate.
with Retina Display
|Wifi Only||Wifi + Cellular|
|16 GB||R4 999||R6 399|
|32 GB||R5 999||R7 799|
|64 GB||R7 399||R8 999|
|128 GB||R8 699||R9 999|
The iPad Mini with Retina Display is expected to be available in stores on the 15 December 2013.
We have received the prices of the iPad Air in South Africa. The prices are slightly more expensive the the 4th generation iPad but that is due to the bad exchange rate. The iPad Air will be available by the 6th December in iStores Nationwide.
|iPad Air Price||Wifi Only||Wifi + Cellular|
|16 GB||R5 999||R7 799|
|32 GB||R7 399||R8 999|
|64 GB||R8 699||R9 999|
|128 GB||R9 999||R11 499|
Cellucity have opened pre-orders for the iPad Air. We have been searching for information about the release date of the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display however have had very little luck.
The only bit of information came from a tweet by Cellucity a few days ago suggesting that the iPad Mini with Retina Display would be available on the 15 December. The date seems strange as it is a Sunday and normally iOS devices are made available on a Friday however we believe the iPad Air could be available before then.