The internet loves to hate on Rain, South Africa’s first data-only network that made headlines because of its low-cost data bundles. It charges R50 a GB and has fairly affordable uncapped LTE plans, which makes it ideal for the South African market. It’s just always lacked one thing — a good app where you can manage data spend and pay your account.
Historically, we have always put off paying our Rain account just because the website is clunky and not mobile-friendly at all. You have to a) sit in front of a desktop/laptop and 2) remember your card information every time as the payment system used doesn’t allow for keychain-access and won’t autofill card details. Not that that’s a bad thing. It’s just a minor nuisance.
It’s Raining apps
Now Rain has launched its own app available on Android and Huawei only. Today it sent out an SMS to Rain users prompting them to download the app. Our first impressions are fairly good, with the app handling very well. It prompts for an account login once open, after which you get access to stuff like data spend controls, payment options and data spend stats.
In the app, you’ll see your active SIMs, which devices they’re using and how much data you’ve used in the month. Here you’ll be able to track spend and allocate data at your leisure, as you were always able to do on the desktop site.
You can download the Rain account app now on the Google Play Store if you’re on Android, the AppGallery if you’re rocking a Huawei device. Rain is reportedly working on an iOS version of the app which will be along once it’s complete.