CAPE TOWN- Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn sparked a fresh round of complaints and debate about the high cost of mobile phone data in South Africa, he shared a comparison of pricing between South Africa and Bali on Monday.
He Tweeted, “Touch down South Africa. So I just bought 10GB data for R605. In Bali‚ I paid R120 for 25GB! Seriously!” tweeted the South African cricketer.
Touch down South Africa 🇿🇦
So I just bought 10GB data for R605.
In Bali, I paid R120 for 25GB!
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) May 7, 2018
Many people shared their countries prices Zishan Khan @AhmadZishanKhan said, “Seriously? In India‚ we pay approximately R75 for 84 GB.”
Mohale Mosala @MohaleMosala fromSouth Africa’s wondered why telecoms regulator did not deal with the issue‚ which has been highly publicized because of popular media figure Tbo Touch piloted the #DataMustFall campaign two years ago.
Mosala said, “I don’t know what Icasa is waiting for!! Honestly‚ these companies are stealing from us‚”
Gerald @MofgReal commented scathingly‚ “Icasa is led by spineless people”.
Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) announced last month that cellphone users will soon have an option to keep their data and wont lose it if they did not use it within 30 days. Under the proposed change‚ users would in future also receive notifications when they data had depleted by 50%.
Icasa however was criticized for not actually cutting data costs.
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