Africell Uganda slashes data prices. Here are the new internet rates

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As of this morning, we got information that Africell Uganda is slashing it’s internet rates. This is probably the first adjustment to internet rates since they took over from Orange Uganda. The new rates show reduced and more affordable internet for those who load smaller bundles. There also was an introduction of new weekly and monthly┬ábundles. These rates have already taken effect as confirmed when you dial the *133# code to buy a bundle. The Africell website still shows the old rates.

This comes just weeks after both MTN Uganda and Airtel Uganda reduced call rates drastically to 3 sh.s per second to all networks. Africell Uganda’s voice tariffs remain the same and it’s the data tariffs that have changed instead. This makes sense since the data market is their cash cow.

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What’s new?

In the daily category, Africell has introduced the 10MB bundle at 290 shillings. They also further reduced the 20MB bundle by 50 sh.s making it 450 from 500 while introducing the 25MB bundle at 500 sh.s. The 50MB bundle still remains at 1000 sh.s while the 100MB bundle has reduced to 1750 sh.s from 2000 sh.s

In the monthly category, the biggest change is the introduction of the new 3GB at Ugx 59,500. Others were a reduction of 500 shillings or so from the original charges. Thecategory a lso saw lots of new smaller bundles which initially don’t make sense. For example buying a monthly bundle of 25MB at 1450 sh.s which can be used in less than a minute. However upon closer inspection, they are very necessary. Imagine you have 5GB carried over but with not validity? All you would have to do is top up 25MB that would activate your expired bundle

For the geeks, they have maintained the “Happy Hour” and “Happy Night” bundles that gives you 1GB at Ugx 5000 during the day and Ugx 2500 at night respectively.

Below are hard copy comparisons if you want to look at all the changes that have been made to all the packages.

Africell Uganda New Internet Rates

Africell Internet Bundles  
ValidityNew Price (UGX)New Data Volume
Daily29010MB
45020MB
50025MB
100050MB
1750100MB
Weekly1,75050MB
2,50080MB
5,500200MB
21,900800MB
Monthly1,45025MB
4,400100MB
4,900125MB
9,750250MB
13,500350MB
19,500500MB
34,5001GB
44,5001.5GB
49,8502GB
59,5003GB
75,0003.5GB
89,0005GB
124,85010GB
284,90030GB
3 Months45,0001GB
50,0001.5GB
64,9002GB
77,5003GB
116,5005GB
129,0006.5GB
160,00010GB
300,00020GB
370,00030GB
600,00045GB
6 Months500,00030GB
12 Months900,000100GB
Happy Hour5,0001GB
Happy Nights2,5001GB
1 Month299,000Unlimited (512 Kbps)
3 Months859,000Unlimited (512 Kbps)
6 Months1,619,000Unlimited (512 Kbps)
12 Months3,049,000Unlimited (512 Kbps)

Africell Uganda Old Internet Rates

Africell_OldInternetRates

  • Geoffrey Jeff Ekongot

    Another silly marketing gimmick from Africell with no real value for customers, what a waste of our time. Some bored marketing guy wanted to trigger a ‘top of mind’ moment for his next appraisal. How is 50/= or 175/= making any real difference to any level of user?

    • King

      As a user, I am going to save 50/= or 175/= and use it for something else. Don’t forget we buy these bundles off our airtime mostly, silly as it may sound

      • Geoffrey Jeff Ekongot

        With the 50/= saving, you still wont be able to touch most of the videos you have been skipping over in Whatsapp. 50/= translates to less than 2MB which is below the threshold of the average Whatsapp video.

  • If we consider all ourselves then these bundles make a lot of difference. For example, most mobile users especially those who use whatsapp and facebook on mobile will benefit from those 20MB and 25MB bundles. However the 50MB weekly could make more sense.

    Thanks for sharing.