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Safaricom Internet: Data Bundles & Prices, Modem and Settings

Updated on September 17, 2016
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Safaricom is a leading provider of broadband internet in Kenya. The mobile network operator offers the high-speed internet in selected areas in the country. Whether you want to explore the World Wide Web on your mobile phone, iPad, tablet or computer, you can do it with the wireless network offered by the telecommunication company.

Safaricom became the first company to offer the fastest internet in the country in 2014 after adopting the 4G/LTE connectivity. It also offers the 2G and 3G connectivity.

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broadband internet kenya | Source

For heavy users of data, the telco offers affordable data plans and packages to suit their budgets and connectivity needs. With modems or routers, businesses can easily access the web, browse and download information using the most efficient and cost effective internet in the country.

The internet is easy to use, and it’s available to both prepay and post pay customers. Using a mobile phone, iPad or tablet, you can easily configure the settings and hit the web running. In the case of a computer, you just need to plug a modem (with line), enter a PIN and you are good to go.

This article is about Safaricom internet. Read on to learn about the bundles & plans, prices & rates, modem and how to configure settings.

In a nut shell: How much does a Safaricom modem cost?

The price of the 4G Safaricom modem is KShs. 4,000 (roughly $40). The 3G and 2G ones cost Kshs. 2,000 and Kshs.1,000 respectively.

Safaricom Internet Bundles and Prices

The bundle plans keep on changing, but the good thing is that every update comes with cheaper options. Some bundles come with extras and bonuses. For example, in 2015 customers were enjoying free SMS and free internet at night.

If you are using a mobile device, you can enjoy a number of data plans, including daily bundles, 7 day bundles, 30 day bundles and 90 day bundles.

The following information was prepared in November, 2015.

Daily Plans

Bundle
Price (Kshs)
7 MB
5
15 MB
10
35 MB
20
60 MB
30
150 MB
50

7 Day Plans

Bundle
Price (Kshs)
5 MB
5
10 MB
10
30 MB
30
65 MB
50
130 MB
100
internet rates

30 Day Plans

Bundle
Price (Kshs)
350 MB
250
1 GB
500
3 GB
1000
7.5 GB
2000
12 GB
3000

90 Day Plans

Bundle
Price (Kshs)
6 GB
3000
16 GB
6000
30 GB
9000
cost of broadband internet kenya

For more information, dial *544#. From the service info, you can see suggested uses of the data, such as accessing Facebook, Twitter, appstore, games, daily nation, YouTube, my market, whatsapp, Google services or Fuata Futa. Downloading files is also possible with these data packages.

Other features available on the service info include: Buy data for another number, Check bundle balance, Okoa bundles, Sambaza internet and quick links.

Note: The internet is also available for Kshs. 2 (airtime) per minute. Data bundles do not apply here. This plan is a bit expensive and suits people who do not spend a lot of time on the net.

For BlackBerry users, Safaricom offers internet services and devices such as BlackBerry Enterprise Solution, BlackBerry Internet Solution, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Q10 and BlackBerry Q5. Each service costs Kshs. 999.

For computer or PC bundle packages, read the section below.

Safaricom Internet Modem and Prices

A modem will enable you access internet on your computer or PC. There are data packages designed for use on a computer. You just need to buy them from the Safaricom website or from the window that opens up after launching the modem.

There is a lot more you can do on the modem window, apart from connecting to a computer network. You can send messages, including MMS, and even access a phone book. There is also a feature that allows you to configure modem settings that suit your needs.

See the modem internet rates below. The information was prepared in November, 2015.

Modem bundles

Bundle
Price (Kshs)
50 MB
100
200 MB
250
500 MB
499
1.5 GB
999
3 GB
1,999
4 GB
2,499
8 GB
3,999
20 GB
9,999
30 GB
14,999
50 GB
30,000

Note: You can also use the daily bundles on your computer. Just insert your modem line on your mobile device and buy the daily data plans. Remove your line from the mobile device and use it on your computer. The worst thing about this is that the data get finished at a faster rate because you are accessing "full" websites on the computer and not mobile ones.

So how much does the Safaricom modem cost? You can buy the 2G modem at Kshs. 999, the 3G one at Kshs. 1999 and the 4G one at Kshs. 3999. Note: These are plug and play devices.

I own this modem and it enables me connect to broadband internet when traveling. It doesn't suffer from malfunctions and is durable.

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fastest broadband | Source

How to Buy or Top-Up Safaricom Internet

For customers who need small amounts of data, scratch cards are the best choice for them. The cards are also the best way to purchase the mobile data plans. For modem plans, Go to My Prepay Account> Input recharge code> Send. Check bundle balance to confirm the purchase.

M-Pesa is another method you can use to purchase internet bundles. It suits both users of large and small amounts of data. With enough cash in your M-Pesa account, Go to M-Pesa> Buy airtime. Use the airtime to buy your data package. Alternatively, you can use a universal PIN. Just set up the PIN, also known as Bonga PIN, to purchase data through M-Pesa. You can also use M-Pesa cash to buy data online from the Safaricom website.

Safaricom Routers and BigBox

Routers are devices that suit people who use large amounts of data, such as businesses and institutions. The new 4G Mi-Fi router allows you to enjoy the 4G experience. The BigBox takes your online entertainment experience to another level.

Purchase these devices from the Safaricom shop. You need also to upgrade to 4G-enabled SIM card. Note: You can only use these devices in areas covered by 4G network, such as Nairobi and Mombasa. Some common routers include E5377s-32 LTE and Huawei B68L Flybox. Their prices are higher compared to the modems'.

Safaricom Wi-Fi

The telco is using fiber optic cable to expand wireless internet in Kenya. In the near future, more shopping malls, towns, business and public service vehicles will be covered by its Wi-Fi. This computer network is more convenient compared to other types of networks. The wireless technology will facilitate the use of internet radio in Kenya, among other uses.

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safaricom wifi | Source

Safaricom Internet Settings

Getting the settings on your mobile phone is as simple as sending a blank SMS to 445. You will get a message containing the settings after sending the SMS. You need to save and activate the settings to starting browsing. Select "Save" to have the settings on your phone.

You can also configure the settings manually. This applies mostly to iPad and tablet devices. See the manual process below.

  • Profile Name/Access Point Name: Safaricom
  • APN/ Access Point: safaricom
  • Username/Login: saf
  • Password: data
  • IP/Proxy: 172.22.2.38
  • Port: 8080

For a modem, you don’t need to configure any settings to access the network. But you can do simple settings on the modem window to improve on user-friendliness. In the case of the router, you need to set the Network Mode to 4G/LTE.

In Conclusion…

Safaricom internet is a high quality computer network that suits both individuals and businesses. The company itself offers top-notch mobile and mobile-banking services, and is competing with other internet service providers in Kenya such as Zuku, Orange, Airtel and Access.

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