Melon Mobile is now available in South Africa and it marks the so-called “first fully digital MVNO” in the country. According to founder and CEO Calvin Collett, Melon Mobile aims to disrupt the mobile industry by putting consumers in control of their mobile plans.
Melon allows South Africans to choose their monthly data, voice and text needs without locking them into monthly contracts. Customers can download the Melon app from either the App Store or Google Play Store, build their monthly plan or select from some pre-made plans, order a SIM card and get set up within a day or so.
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A general plan on Melon includes 1GB of data, 50 minutes of voice and 50 texts for R110 per month. However, you can increase and decrease these features and save money as you do. For example, 50GB of data without any voice and text is R750 a month. It costs R60 for 1GB of data and discounts the per-gig rate as you increase the amount.
Your chosen plan can be changed at any time and comes into effect at the next billing period. You also don’t need to sign any debit order agreements as the app simply pays for your bundle using your debit or credit card.
Melon also allows South Africans to order a SIM card and try the service before choosing or building a bundle. The trial service includes 1GB of data and 100 minutes of voice for free.
The company says that its services piggyback off MTN so keep that in mind when it comes to the quality of the network in your area. Unfortunately, there are also no eSIM options available which would have been ideal for adding a second data SIM card to supported phones (I would have signed up instantly for this if that was the case).
Those looking at trying a new mobile service that seems to offer affordable data rates and the freedom to choose the bundle that suits you can visit the official Melon Mobile website here.