Want to know which service provider to use for your uncapped ADSL? Tired of your current “UNCAPPED” which is 1. capped, 2. throttled and 3. bound in legal jargon?
To make it clear, in SA there is no such thing as Uncapped, you will get a generous lice of marketing with each “Uncapped” account with some there is a little less bullshit.
I have used a couple of South Africa’s bigger uncapped ADSL suppliers for my bandwidth and of them I have to recommend MWEB’s Uncapped ADSL, I’m was on a 384K line and it used to cost me R219 per month for bandwidth only. I have been with them since 1st March 2011.
I’m now upgraded for Free to a 1MB line thanks to Telskum and my bandwidth is also 1MB at R199 monthly.
Pre 1MB experience [I have experienced no slow-down whatsoever, no matter how much I download and I download over 50GB a month, which is a lot for a 384K line.]
I have previously used Axxess from November 2010 until end Feb 2011 with a peak of 45GB and plenty of times when I was throttled so bad I could hardly use the line.
Prior to Axxess I used Afrihost and had similar minor issues as with Axxess. Unfortunately I never captured my account usage.
I have a friend who on their 4MB uncapped ADSL line pulls between 800-900GB a month on his MWEB account. That’s a new 1TB drive every month.
Since I wrote this article, my mate was banned from MWEB. Apparently by following MWEB’s sales pitch and “Downloading as much as he liked” he was using too much bandwidth on his “Uncapped” account.
[I’m keen to pass this on to the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) for comment.]
Before MWEB or anyone else squeals that I’m not covering the whole story. MWEB do have an “Acceptable Use Policy” (AUP) that states
We reserve the right to establish policies, rules and limitations, from time to time, concerning the use of any service. You must comply with any bandwidth, data storage and other limitations we may impose, in our reasonable discretion. Failure to comply with these rules will result in your service being restricted, suspended or terminated, in our reasonable discretion.
Huh! how can the AUP be in conflict with the agreed as advertised purchase? How come these agreements are always so one-sided.
|Month||Data Sent (MB)||Data Received (MB)||Total (MB)|
Axxess used to be a little cheaper at R199 per month with the option of 2 concurrent users.
- http://www.mweb.co.za/ – 087 700 0777 – firstname.lastname@example.org
By the way I thought it was fraud to not sell/supply what you advertise?! Am I misunderstanding the meaning of the word Uncapped? Why is it that so many Uncapped accounts are capped/throttled and no-one is so much as slapped on the wrists.