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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]

The best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ deals in South Africa

Now that the grand reveal has happened, everyone wants to get their hands on the S9 and S9+ (well, a lot of people). We’ve done the necessary digging to find all of the once-off prices as well as contract specials on offer from local service providers. It’s possible to buy the new devices for cash, too, and then use the SIM of your choice. Prices for the standalone Galaxy S9 vary from ...[Read More]

Facebook and Vodacom testing OpenCellular platform to get rural areas online

Two years ago Facebook announced OpenCellular, an open-source project aimed at building hardware that will allow mobile operators to offer connectivity cost effectively in rural and other under-serviced areas. Vodacom’s parent company, Vodafone, announced at Mobile World Congress today that it’s been trialling OpenCellular in South Africa and India, while other trials by other operator...[Read More]

Vodafone Smart V8 – Just a great looking budget phone?

At first glance, the Vodafone Smart V8 could pass for a flagship smartphone, but in reality it is just a great-looking budget-range smartphone. The Smart V8 is a great follow-up of the previous gen Smart V7 Plus — Vodacome looks to be hitting the upgrade mark here. This smartphone has the outer appearance of a flagship phone, but we’re not quite there yet. Yes, it packs a couple of decent sp...[Read More]

Vodacom cuts out-of-bundle rates, but they’re still around R1,000/GB

South African mobile operator Vodacom has today announced it’s cutting out-of-bundle data prices from the middle of October 2017. The new rate for prepaid and top-up customers will be 99c/MB from 15 October, while contract customers have been paying 89c/MB since the beginning of October. You’ll have to forgive us for not getting too excited at this news on account of having a calculato...[Read More]

Stuffed Ep 01 – CES, Mario and Ts&Cs

“Everybody else is doing it, so why can’t we?” Not only is it the title of Irish band The Cranberries’ debut album, but it’s our answer when people ask us about Stuffed, our new 20-minute podcast wrapping up the week’s tech and gadget news. In this, the first episode, Stuff publisher and editor-in-chief Toby Shapshak and Stuff editor Craig Wilson reflect on CES ...[Read More]

Vodacom zero rates basic Facebook use, but beware the Ts&Cs

Ask those who like to go commando in short shorts, anyone on the receiving end of American cultural imperialism, or economists, and they’ll tell you, freedom always comes at a price. Ultimately, there’s no such thing as free, and Vodacom’s new Facebook Flex offering is no exception. The deal is this: Vodacom’s making basic Facebook use free. And we do mean basic. Users who ...[Read More]

Vodafone Smart VR – A little something extra

Our review of the Vodafone Smart platinum 7, the highest of Vodacom’s new high-end branded smartphones, wasn’t the end of it. There’s a virtual reality headset from Vodacom on the way, which is intended to be bundled with the R8,000 Smart platinum 7. The headset, called the Vodafone Smart VR, has been designed to work with Vodacom’s smartphone flagship, and we got to spend ...[Read More]

Vodafone Smart platinum 7 – Someone’s getting ambitious

Vodacom only releases cheap, low-cost and probably plastic smartphones, right? Right? Yeah, not any more. Vodacom has been building up to the moment when they are able to release their own branded hardware across a range of price points. We’ve previously seen what Vodacom can do with a smartphone that costs under R600 (with the Smart Kicka) and there’s also a sequel to that handset out...[Read More]

Light Start – Vuma does Cape Town, Manga motoring, Vodacom VR and Uber’s hunt for fresh blood

Vumatel takes on Cape Town The plucky fibre company that kickstarted Johannesburg’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) scene has announced its pink shirts will now be seen around some of the Mother City’s neighbourhoods. The company announced on Friday that it’s successfully installed fibre in the Cape Town suburb of Tamboerskloof, with Oranjezicht and Vredehoek next on the list. Vumatel c...[Read More]

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