Telkom Mobile wants your money, and it might actually deserve it this time - Stuff

Telkom Mobile wants your money, and it might actually deserve it this time

Telkom Mobile wants your money, and it might actually deserve it this time

Look out Vodacom, MTN and Cell C, Telkom wants your customers. And it might actually get them. The company has totally revamped its mobile products and will now offer six contracts — each focused on data — under the banner FreeMe. The new contracts will be available from next Monday (25 July) and, well, they’re pretty darn compelling. How does R599/month for 20GB, as many calls to mom as you like and free SMS sound? Too good to be true? Well, read on.

The six new packages are priced between R99/month and R999/month. The R99/month package includes 1GB of data, zero-rated WhatsApp, Viber and BBM (sorry net neutrality fans), free calls to other Telkom mobile phones or Telkom landlines and free SMS.

The next tiers up offer 2GB/month, 5GB/month or 10GB/month respectively along with the rest of the features the entry-level package includes. The 10GB package will cost you R399/month.

Telkom FreeMe price chartStep up to the top two tiers and you get free calls to any network and free use of Telkom’s 6,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots. For R599 you get 20GB of data while R999 gives you unlimited data (though we suspect there are some fair-use stipulations around that one).

“Telkom FreeMe offers our customers smartphone plans that liberate them from everything they’ve ever hated about their network,” says Attila Vitai, Telkom Consumer’s CEO. “Data has become the central requirement for most smartphone users, so that is what we have prioritised.”

According to Telkom, it’s able to be so aggressive because it has “reviewed [its] spectrum capacity” to allocate it more efficiently and “achieve greater coverage and deliver faster data speeds”. As a result, it’s been able to “bypass the interconnection fees charged by other networks”. Umm, well alrighty then. You had us at zero-rated WhatsApp, Viber and BBM.

Just in case you need further convincing, Telkom says customers will “soon” be able to order a FreeMe package online “in just fifteen minutes with next day delivery in metropolitan areas”.

Fan us with a kipper and call us Petunia, we might actually have to port to Telkom. And we were just getting settled on Afrihost’s similarly priced (but not nearly as generous) mobile packages.

Craig is Stuff magazine's editor. He provides tech analysis and commentary for TV stations like eNCA, CNBC Africa and BusinessDay TV, and radio stations like 702, CapeTalk, PowerFM, MetroFM and Classic FM. You can contact him via


  1. Good News Telkom, i just took a new contract today but i will cancell it and wait for FreeMe!

  2. hi
    i have ported from vodacom to telkom and what happened is i did not see the telkom eita simcard i i was the big one and my phone is using the micro simcard the small one, i did phone telkom to inform the about and thet said i must buy the other simcard so i can make a swim swarp i waited for the 8 days for them to process my swim swap, now they are telling me they cannot make it because it give them errors i dont know why they say so because when i put the big sim card on someones phone its working AS I SAID ITS A BIG SIMCARD CHIP

    • Get a Pakistan shop to cut the Sim card it will still work..

  3. Hi, I just wanna know if the Freeme is also available on prepaid, n where can we buy them?

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