Laptop/notebook contract deals in South Africa – let’s look at some figures

Posted on | July 21, 2010 | No Comments

Following on from the post on MacBook contract deals, it seems appropriate to give some attention to laptop/notebook contract deals available in South Africa. We’ll look at an example of a notebook deal and also a netbook deal.

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I found a special where you can get a HP Notebook G61 420SI (Intel® Pentium® Processor T4400 2.2 GHz, 15.6″ screen, 4GB DDR2 RAM and 320GB hard drive). It’s on a two year Vodacom MyMeg 300 contract and comes with a Vodafone 3G/HSDPA USB modem.

Contract option:

  • R579 x 24 months
  • Total costs: R13,896

Cash option:

  • The HP Notebook G61 420SI retails for around R7,999.
  • A 3G/HSDPA modem will set you back about R1000 (average price).
  • The MyMeg 300 data bundle will cost you R139 a month.
  • Total costs: R12,335 (that’s with 24 months worth of data).

That’s a difference of just over R1,500.

Let’s have a look at a netbook deal. I found a deal which gives you a HP Mini 210 (Intel® Atom™ Processor N450 1.66 GHz, 10.1″ screen, 1 GB DDR2 RAM and 250GB hard drive). It’s on a two year Vodacom MyMeg 300 contract and comes with a Vodafone 3G/HSDPA USB modem.

Contract option:

  • R369 x 24 months
  • Total costs: R8,856

Cash option:

  • The HP Mini Netbook retails for around R3,699.
  • A 3G/HSDPA modem will set you back about R1000 (average price).
  • The MyMeg 300 data bundle will cost you R139 a month.
  • Total costs: R8,035 (that’s with 24 months worth of data).

That’s a difference of just over R800.

There you have it. That gives you an idea of the extra money you’ll pay on contract. Still, it might be the better option, if you don’t have the cash to pay upfront. Look around and see what deals are available out there. And most importantly, see what best suits your budget.

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