MTN 1GB Monthly WhatsApp Bundle to cost more in South Africa

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A few months ago, MTN South Africa launched new Social data bundles on its network. One of them is the 1GBG bundle priced at R10. The telecom operator has announced a 300% increase in the price of the package. As such, the MTN 1GB Monthly WhatsApp Bundle package now costs R30.

MTN South Africa’s social data bundles provide access to WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter, depending on your preference. The 1GB Monthly WhatsApp bundle is restricted to WhatsApp only and has a 30-day validity.

The network also offers a 1-Day WhatsApp bundle with 20MB data allocation and a 7-Day WhatsApp bundle wih 100MB allocation. They cost R1 and R5 respectively.

MTN 1GB Monthly WhatsApp Bundle tariffs

MTN says that this increase is due to a 300% increase in WhatsApp usage and consequent pressure on their network capacity. This was disclosed in an update by the official MTN South Africa Twitter handle. Subscribers’ response to the announcement, naturally, has been negative, with some threatening to dump the network.


  1. When should we expect MTN Nigeria to carry out a similar action here in Nigeria?

    Meanwhile, there was a report I read sometime ago which suggested data costs in South Africa were the highest among the big economies in Africa which led me wondering why we complained so much in Nigeria.

  2. It always sounds surprising when people compare costs of products / services across jurisdictions.

    How much does the average South African mechanic, doctor, accountant, whatever, earn – compared to their Nigerian counterpart (in Naira)?

    How then can we be comparing what we pay for services / products without bearing in mind the real purchasing power of the average Nigerian ?

    I think we should stop comparing apples with oranges.

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