dickytim:Gamefreaks:brendand:morganjterrill: Actually, you're right ^ I incorrectly compared the 4G mobile broadband plans to mobile plans. Although it is important to note that extra data packs can be "added on" with Telstra AU (for example $60 for 8GB).
Kind of off topic, but I was in Kenya recently, and there pricing for add-on bundles for both prepay and postpay on SafariCom (partly owned by vodafone) was:
Bundle, Price (Ksh), NZD, Validity Period
4MB 5 $0.07 7 Days
8MB 10 $0.14 7 Days
16MB 20 $0.28 7 Days
40MB 50 $0.70 90 Days
80MB 100 $1.41 90 Days
200MB 250 $3.52 90 Days
500MB 500 $7.04 90 Days
1.5GB 1000 $14.08 120 Days
3GB 1999 $28.15 180 Days
8GB 3999 $56.32 180 Days
25GB 11499 $161.96 180 Days
I could get HS-DPA+ out in the Masai tribal lands (no LTE or dual carrier when I was there).
Whats the average income in Kenya?
Google says around $2,278 NZD or 160,000 KES per month.
It is all irrelevent.
Vodafone is a business, if there price is too high don't use them, if the price of all mobile broadband is too high don't use it. I actually think that for my $19 per month I am seeing reasonable value.
Here's an idea, don't stream HD movies on the go.
I was also in Kenya, and looked into why they have such good coverage (We tracked Gorillas in Uganda, and the trackers used their cell phones to keep in contact, in very dense bush etc).
Kanya never had very good copper network or phones, so all the East African governments spents lots of money to make sure they had good mobile networks.
Also, as they have basically no banking system, most payments now are made on the MPesa system, all using mobiles. So they had to have the infrastructure to make it work.
Also did you see the ugly cell towers all over the most divine wilderness spots etc , cheap to build if you don't worry about the RMA and things like that :-)