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Telkom Launches New and Improved FreeMe Plans

Staff Writer / 25-03-2020 / Data

In 2016 Telkom revolutionised the mobile data world with its innovative FreeMe packages. These plans became popular as they offered great value at affordable rates and were delivered at a time when consumers started raising concerns over the high data costs in South Africa. . Four years on and Telkom has decided to refresh their FreeMe offering, paving the way for their New Generation FreeMe plans. Here’s what the new plans offer to consumers.

Tiered Approach with More Perks!

The new range of plans will offer a tiered approach to the benefits customers get on each plan. Previously, subscribers on the lower plans didn’t enjoy all the perks that highend plans such as the FreeMe 20GB did. Even though there will be a small increase in the price, the plans will still offer the best value. All New Generation FreeMe plans will offer All-Network minutes and streaming data based on the plan you choose. Simply put, you will get what you pay for.

New: Streaming Data

Telkom’s new postpaid plans willcombine the LIT streaming services as opposed to the previous FreeMe. Data for video streaming such as YouTube and Netflix as well as music streaming such as Google Play and Spotify were previously allocated separately. They’re now bundled into one offering with no separate data for streaming, but this does not include a Netflix subscription.

The New Telkom FreeMe Plan Offerings

The range of the FreeMe post-paid plans has all changed their names to match their data offering. These are all based on SIM-only deals.

The lowest tier is the FreeMe 800MB , which includes:

· 500MB of all network data

· 150MB WhatsApp data

· 500 minutes to call Telkom Mobile and Fixed lines

· 15 minutes to other networks

· 50 SMSs per month and 150MB of streaming data.

The second tier is the FreeMe 1.5GB , which includes:

· 1GB all network data

· 250MB WhatsApp data

· 500 minutes to call Telkom Mobile and Fixed lines

· 25 minutes to other networks

· 100 SMSs per month

· 250MB of streaming data.

The FreeMe 3GB (replaces the older FreeMe 2GB ), which includes:

· 2GB all network data

· 500MB WhatsApp Data

· 1000 minutes to call Telkom Mobile and Fixed lines

· 50 minutes to other networks

· 200 SMSs per month

· 500MB of streaming data.

The fourth tier is the FreeMe 6GB , which includes:

· 4GB all network data

· 1GB WhatsApp data

· 1000 minutes for Telkom Mobile and Fixes lines

· 100 minutes to other networks

· 400 SMSs per month

· 1GB of streaming data.

The fifth tier and the start of the high-end offering is FreeMe 11.5GB, which includes:

· 7.5GB all network data

· 2GB WhatsApp data

· 1000 minutes for Telkom Mobile and Fixes lines

· 200 minutes to other networks

· 800 SMSs per month

· 2GB of streaming data.

The FreeMe 18GB, which includes:

· 12GB all network data

· 3GB WhatsApp data

· 3000 minutes for Telkom Mobile and Fixes Lines

· 300 minutes to other networks

· 1200 SMSs per month

· 3GB of streaming data.

The penultimate tier is the FreeMe 28GB that includes 20GB all network data, 4GB WhatsApp data, 3000 minutes for Telkom Mobile and Fixed Lines, 1000 minutes to other networks, 2000 SMSs per month and 4GB of streaming data.

The final tier is the unlimited option called FreeMe Unlimited. It has unlimited all network data with a fair usage policy of 30GB, 5GB WhatsApp Data, 3000 minutes to Telkom Mobile and Fixed Lines, 3000 minutes to other networks, 3000 SMSs per month and 5GB of streaming data.

Terms and Conditions

Inclusive All Network data is allocated monthly and expires at the end of two consecutive calendar months, so you will be allowed to carry over any data you have left. Data transfer on all-network data plans is permitted to other Telkom subscribers.

WhatsApp data is allocated for one calendar month and cannot be carried over. This data can only be used for WhatsApp and Viber. The data transfer option is not permitted on data for WhatsApp.

Telkom-to-Telkom calling minutes and all-network minutes are valid for one calendar month and carryover isn’t permitted. The minutes cannot be transferred to other Telkom users like data. After those minutes are depleted, all network minutes will be used and after that, Telkom-to-Telkom calling will go out of bundle at a voice rate of R0.70. The same rate applies to other network calls.

SMSs are allocated for one month only. They can’t be transferred or carried over. Once SMSs/MMSs are depleted, you will be charged out-of-bundle rates of R0.30 (160 characters) for SMS and R0.50 (300KB) for MMS.

Streaming data is not allowed to be carried over and is allocated monthly. It can’t be transferred and will provide video streaming capped at a maximum speed of 1.5Mbps on the Telkom network.

Overall, these new FreeMe contracts provide an even spread of benefits across all tiers.

View the latest FreeMe Deals here.

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