I bravely decided to conduct an online survey comparing the costs of data between our 3 operators. I will start with many disclaimers:
- I have only compared like for like
- I have excluded all vendor specific promotions
- All the information is based on what is listed on their websites
Whew, that out of the way, let us get to work. Firstly I had to find packages that are the same across at least two vendors and have a validity period of 7 days or less. That in itself proved to be an exercise in who can sift finer! The result was only 2 packages met the criteria, of a maximum validity period of 7 days.
|Bundle||Airtel||MTN||Zamtel||Who is cheaper|
The * is because the MTN bundle comes with unlimited WhatsApp usage. As I can’t quantify that I only used price vs validity to come up with the cheapest bundle. If you will stretch your bundle to its full 1 week validity, then Zamtel is your network of choice.
I then looked at the packages with a period of validity greater than 7 days. Here there is a lot more symmetry between the providers allowing better price comparisons.
|10GB||K700.00||K700.00||K700.45||Tie Airtel and MTN|
Once again Zamtel is the cheapest data network for your mobile lifestyle. The quality and network coverage is a different discussion altogether. If all you care about are the ngwees falling out of your pocket…Go with Zamtel.