Let’s just say today’s social media we experienced the Netflix Wars between Liquid Telecom and MTN Zambia. Who won the war though? I can explain.
MTN announced a new promotion that comes with ‘free’ Netflix and yeah people will sign up but did YOU read the Ts & Cs? The ‘free’ Netflix is capped at between 150MB – 600MB daily! So say you get the bundle they’re selling that comes with the free service, you’ll only get to watch 150MB of Netflix content.
To get the free Netflix, subscribers must get a a 25GB MiFi bundle or starting from a 30GB Home bundle where they’ll also access Youtube, Snapchat, Facebook and WhatsApp for free. The daily limit is not per site, by the way, but for the total volume accessed by all the free extras. So if your daily cap is 150MB and you decide to stream YouTube videos only, you won’t be able to access Netflix because you’d have depleted your data. Here’s the breakdown:
|Offer Type||Offer||Volume (MB)||Price (K)||Additional Bundle Benefit||Usage Daily Limit on Extras (MB)|
|MiFi||25GB||25750||380||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Netflix||150|
|Home||30GB||30920||420||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Netflix||200|
|Home||40GB||41260||600||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix||300|
|Home||55GB||56720||750||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix||400|
|Home||70GB||72180||1050||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix||500|
|Home||120GB||123480||1400||WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, YouTube, Netflix||600|
They seem pretty confident with their service though, calling the blue company a buffering smurf:
To be fair, MTN Zambia called it FREE and not UNLIMITED access to the other services like Netflix.
Why is Liquid Telecom so loud? Because they offer actual unlimited Netflix packages along with their data bundles. So as long as the main bundle is active regards expiry/validity, you can watch all the Netfix you want with no daily caps. To access the free unlimited streaming on Netflix on Liquid Telecom you need to buy a package starting from 35GB bundle for K650:
Is it even more shade that the guy in Liquid Telecom’s marketing visual is a prominent ex-MTN employee, looking at a Y’ello laptop? They didn’t ‘give us‘ a chance to breathe!
Hold on while I make a play list…
Ok I’m back now.
Who else is offering Netflix as a free add-on?
The guys in green. Zamtel gives Netflix free and unlimited if you purchase data bundles starting from 50GB at K600:
From what I have been told by a Zamtel employee, even if the main data bundle expires, the free access will still be available until the bundle is expected to expire. Say you have a monthly bundle but deplete the main bundle in 3 days, you will still be able to access the free unlimited add-ons until the month ends.
If were going to only consider real unlimited access, Liquid Telecom (Hai) and Zamtel have what you’re looking for, the quality of service on either is a topic for another day.
So, who do you have your data bundle money on?