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5G Phones will only make up a fraction of worldwide smartphone shipments in 2019

No need to start saving up for the new Samsung S10 5G just yet. Because as we know, early 5G smartphone models are expensive and available in limited volumes.

Nokia 9 PureView launched and priced for South Africa

It's turning into a decent week for Nokia fans. We've already taken a look at the Nokia X71 (not a spy-plane) and now we've got local details for the Nokia 9 PureView. Specifically its availability and how much it's going to cost. And it's surprisingly inexpensive. 

How billing works for Vodacom’s new eSIMs

We asked Vodacom for more information on how its new eSIM offering works and is priced. This is what the operator had to say.

Vodacom first to launch eSIM support in South Africa

Mobile operator Vodacom has launched support for eSIM devices in South Africa along with a new accompanying service, called OneNumber, that allows users to use a single mobile phone number across multiple devices. The first devices the network will launch with eSIM support out of the box are Samsung's recent 42mm and 46mm Galaxy Watch (the LTE editions).

Vodacom backtracks on charging for data rollover, in a manner of speaking

Yesterday we found that Vodacom intended to charge its users to roll over mobile data, something that was due to come into effect thanks to last year's Icasa ruling. A lot can happen in 24 hours. Today Vodacom has issued an update stating that that data-rollover would be free-of-charge, though there still seem to be some terms and conditions attached. 

Icasa’s new mobile data rules come into effect on Friday, but some operators still want to screw us

This week, mobile operators in South Africa need to comply with Icasa’s new rules concerning mobile data, but most of them are still hellbent on screwing consumers.

Though the Vodacom Please Call Me saga is unresolved, at least inventor Ari Kahn has finally been acknowledged

Who really invented the Please Call Me service? It’s the question that’s been repeated innumerable times as the free messaging service saga reached a crescendo last week with threats, accusations and demonstrations outside Vodacom World. The answer – as is now common cause – was Ari Kahn, MTN’s lead data consultant who pioneered this innovative idea. “Callme” as he first na...[Read More]

Who really invented Please Call Me? The long-running saga is in the news again, but will the true story ever come out?

This column first appeared in Financial Mail in 2015.  It has all the makings of a grand story of a rags-to-riches story: a resourceful man who had a great idea that took off. It gets better, that inventor didn’t get a cent from his invention but now, in a David-vs-Goliath confrontation, he will wrest glory (and royalties) back through a lengthy and protracted court battle. But, is that inventor f...[Read More]

Vodacom’s Video Play has secured the rights to live-stream the FA Cup

And here we have an unusual announcement that could have far greater ramifications — Vodacom has revealed that its Video Play streaming service has secured the rights to live-stream the FA Cup in South Africa. Users of the service will be able to watch FA Cup matches — live, delayed, or on-demand (provided the match has ended, of course) — from 26 January right up until the 18 Ma...[Read More]

Can’t get ADSL or fibre? Rain’s LTE-A service could be a good alternative

The newcomer to the mobile data game, Rain, uses LTE to offer an alternative to fixed-line internet for homes and small businesses, and in doing so, go some way to reducing the exorbitant data costs facing South Africans each month. The company is constantly expanding its coverage and plans to broaden the range of products it offers, but at this stage Rain only offers LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) packages...[Read More]

The best (and worst) prepaid data prices in SA

Data remains a hot topic in South Africa. Pressure from consumers and the #datamustfall movement recently prompted regulator Icasa to abolish data expiry, which will mean that once you buy data its yours to use. No non-sensical expiring, vanishing or other skullduggery. But, if you’re planning on changing service providers or getting a new contract, a bit of research is key to getting the be...[Read More]

Data won’t fall yet, but at least it won’t expire

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has finally made a decision on the future of data for mobile users, and it is definitely looking up. The new regulations state that mobile data shouldn’t expire. Initially, the regulator’s draft regulation of data bundles proposed that data should expire in a tier-system depending on how much data was bought. For example:...[Read More]

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