SA internet users have been picketing for #DataMustFall for so long and instead of dropping the price, MTN decided to increase the prie of the bundles.
MTN this week, announced that their bundle prices would increase from R10 to R30, after the initial demand for the cheaper bundle nearly crippled their system.
According to a post made by MTN on social media, they explain that the decission was in order to keep the 3G lights on.
“The public response to MTN’s WhatsApp bundles have been exceptional. Unfortunately, due to a 300% increase in WhatsApp usage, the 3G network is under pressure. For this reason, MTN’s 1GB Monthly WhatsApp bundle will be repriced from R10 to R30,” MTN said on Twitter.
They went on to claim that certain people will still have the data priced at R10 but these were people mostly with feature phones.
“However, the most vulnerable South Africans that are currently spending less than R10 on WhatsApp per month, will be protected from the change and will still have access to this low cost WhatsApp bundle. These customers, who are primarily using feature phones on the 3G network, will still have access to a WhatsApp bundle at R10 a month.”
This unexpected news hit social media fans hard! See reactions below.