Thrifty Thursday: The cheapest ADSL in South Africa

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In case you’ve avoided ADSL thus far because it’s seemed to be too expensive, we’re here to tell you that it isn’t. Not at all. In fact, if you know where to look, you can get a whole heaped helping of internet goodness for only a few hundred bucks a month by getting yourself an uncapped ADSL package. But uncapped accounts aren’t for everyone, and sometimes, a simple entry-level ADSL package is all that’s needed for basic web surfing, emailing and Skyping.

In that case, we highly recommend you check out MWEB’s entry-level capped option: just R159 per month gets you a 1Mbps ADSL connection, and 1GB of data. Of course, that’s in addition to the R148.37 you need to pay Telkom every month for the line itself, so your monthly cost will be a grand total of R307.38.

Cheapest ADSL

1GB isn’t a lot of data, but it’s enough to provide basic access to email, news websites and social networking services for a month, and a 1mbps connection is able to download at a rate of 100KB/s which is fast enough for casual browsing. You can buy additional gigabytes from MWEB at R29 each if you run out, or you can buy prepaid bandwidth from ISPs like Openweb, who sells it for as little as R19 per GB.

For the sake of comparison, here are the other entry-level 1mbps offerings from some of SA’s most popular service providers.

Each of these packages offer something slightly different to MWEB’s 1GB @ 1Mbps deal, and it’s up to you to decide whether the extras on offer are worth the additional cost.

While ADSL does require that you have a phone line and modem router, the end result is well worth the hassle and expense: it tends to be a lot more reliable than, say, a wireless connection from a cellular service provider. MWEB’s entry-level 1mbps package is, at the moment, the cheapest way to join the ADSL revolution.

Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.