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All posts tagged "Cell C"

  • Shepherd Bushiri debuts South Africa’s latest MVNO

    South Africa is about to get yet another virtual network operator from a rather unlikely source. Nope, it's not a retailer, an Austrian beverage company, or even a bank. Instead, it's Malawi-born church leader, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, who's entering the market with his own, eponymous network. The alternatively-titled Prophet Shepherd Bushiri (PSB) Network, according to a press release, will "provide a service to like-minded primarily individuals who were looking for a more community focused, inclusive operation." PSB Network will also use Cell C's mobile infrastructure and airtime system, which is a route that many other mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) like...

  • 20+ essential USSD codes to remember for Vodacom, MTN & beyond

    If you're a prepaid user on one of South Africa's mobile phone networks, chances are that you use a USSD code every day. Whenever you check your airtime, load more airtime or request a call from someone who has more airtime than you, you're using a USSD code. Often, you'll remember these as some of the most used codes, but there are a few you might not know exist. Below, we take a look at some of the USSD codes you really should remember, as well as their functions, for the biggest networks in South Africa. Note: we'll be sure to...

  • Cell C now services 24-million subscribers, one million from MVNOs

    Cell C might be South Africa's third largest cellular network, but the company today announced a big milestone. Thanks to partnerships with its various mobile virtual network operators (MVNO), the network now supports one million customers using its network through an MVNO. "The rise of MVNOs and their success is also testament to the confidence that business and consumers have in Cell C’s network, following significant investments to upgrade, expand, and introduce new technologies like LTE and LTE-Advanced, over the last few years," Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos notes. The MVNOs serviced include the likes of FNB Mobile and me&you Mobile. Beyond...

  • Cell C launches super-fast LTE-Advanced in SA

    It's fair to say that Cell C had a reputation for years as the network with decent prices but terrible coverage, but things have been changing somewhat over the past few months. The company launched LTE connectivity late last year, delivering much better speeds and coverage for users - albeit several years after MTN and Vodacom. The carrier has wasted no time though, launching the much faster LTE-Advanced network in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria this week. "Cell C has become the leading innovator in the South African mobile telecommunications industry.  We were the first and only provider to embrace over-the-top services, like Facebook...

  • Cell C CEO in hot water over ‘bitch switch’ comments

    Cell C CEO Jose Dos Santos has come under fire for his remarks on women in the workplace. The Cell C CEO explained that roughly 42 percent of staff were female when he started. "Today, we're just over 60 ," he said during an interview on CliffCentral, citing female empowerment policies at the network. "We have good-looking women, we have clever women, we have smart women, and that's created a different environment," Dos Santos continued. The network head said that he hopes for a female CEO to replace him when he steps down. "We no longer live in the society of, you know, the woman stays at home...

  • Cell C just pissed off the wrong people, massive banner ad sparks big laughs on Twitter [Update]

    One of South Africa's major telecom firms is starting the weekend on a bad foot. A massive billboard stating that the network operator is "the most useless service provider in SA," was just put up in Johannesburg. Needless to say, this opened up a whole can of worms on the twittersphere. The banner ad makes things personal, publishing Franchise Manager Riaan van Rooyen's personal contact details. "Cell C's Riaan van Rooyen, 'Franchise Manager', says his unnamed executive head refuses to assist the customer!!" it reads. It's often said there's no such thing as bad publicity. We're contemplating whether that applies to this...

  • VoIP is the future for the world’s telcos, but it won’t be an easy one

    I recently wrote about operators saving a packet on toll charges by using IP technology at the core, while failing to pass the benefit on to consumers and businesses with retail voice over IP (VoIP) products. This, I pointed out, is because very cheap voice products will quickly decimate their revenues, so it seems reasonable to expect that the fixed-line and mobile telcos will hold on to their traditional business models a little longer. Writing on the wall But the writing has been on the wall for a long time. Telecoms research firm Telegeography estimates that global VoIP traffic grew...

  • CellC sees 8ta’s BlackBerry social deal, raises it one more

    A few days ago South Africa's fifth mobile operator 8ta announced that it would be offering a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) package for around half its usual price. Today, the country's third operator Cell C responded with two offers of its own. Like 8ta, it will offer the ‘BlackBerry Social & Email’ which gives you full access to online browsing, BlackBerry’s native messaging app BBM, BlackBerry mail, internet browser, social networking, and...

  • Price war erupts among South Africa’s mobile players

    A price war has erupted among South Africa’s mobile operators, as each seeks to increase its slice of the pie in a country where there are nearly as many active SIM cards as there are people. The country’s third mobile operator Cell C recently slashed its data prices, halving them in some cases. It’s followed up this move with a new voice deal for its prepaid customers. South Africa’s first-and-largest operator Vodacom...

  • SA Gmail users get free SMS…at last

    Gmail users in South Africa are reporting that they can now send free SMSes from Google chat. The reports are coming through even though South Africa is not listed among the countries supported by the service, which has been around since 2008. At present, however, the service only allows you to send messages to MTN and 8ta numbers. According to MyBroadband, any attempts to SMS Vodacom and Cell C numbers resulted in...

  • If Android’s so popular, where are all the Android phones?

    It’s "all Android, all the time". That's what they’ll tell you. It's "totally blowing away the competition". According to Gartner, Google's pet project (which as we all know, doesn't generate any meaningful revenue) Android now commands 52.5% of the global smartphone market. Huh? Where are all these Android phones? On the face of it, the market share numbers make sense. You have a powerful operating system and ecosystem (second in number of apps only to Apple). You have numerous device makers, including HTC, Motorola, Samsung, SonyEricsson (now just Sony) and LG, pegging their future (at least on the high-end) on Android....

  • Google announces Umbono winners

    Google’s startup incubator, Umbono, has officially launched with the announcement of its first set of winning teams. The pilot programme based in Cape Town, South Africa presented the teams in their new office space at an event on 1 November. The programme, a Google first worldwide, is being tested in Cape Town, South Africa which was chosen because Google believes the city is in “the process of positioning itself as a hub for innovation and technology”. Google's vice president of engineering, Nelson Mattos said that the Umbono project is part of Google's effort to grow its ecosystem in Africa. "We...

  • Cell C facing fire for ‘ripping-off’ ZANews Peter de Villiers parody

    In an attempt to capture some of the buzz around the Rugby World Cup, leading South African mobile operator Cell C released a YouTube video which has come under dual-fire for being a “rip-off” of satirical puppet show ZANews, and for being “offensive”. The video, published the morning of South Africa’s pivotal match against the Samoan rugby team, was described as follows: We've been trying to get on the inside for weeks and finally we've broken through. From the very heart of the camp comes coachie, mere hours before the big game in an exclusive video blog that details...

  • Competition is getting us all converged

    Summer is almost here and in an unlikely turn of events, South African telecoms giant Telkom, decided spring day was the day it was going to get all competitive. Business communications is, and always will be, a hotly contested market. At a recent launch, Telkom Business finally unveiled Telkom Mobile, which must have been the culmination of months of intensive work. Telkom Mobile is clearly focused on business telecommunication users, small and large. The launch of a business mobile product in order to take on the big boys MTN and Vodacom was not actually the real news for...

  • Facebook Check-in Deals South Africa confirms first commercial partners

    Facebook Check-in Deals South Africa has announced its first major brand partners. The location-based deals service has partnered with car manufacturer Chevrolet, Cellular provider Cell C and car rental firm Avis for its South African launch. Through the partnership, the companies will have exclusive rights to the Facebook Check-in Deals logo until November. The service, which has been touted as the "biggest launch in emerging markets for the next year", enables users to claim special discounts and rewards by "checking in" to particular stores or locations using their GPS enabled smartphones. "South Africa is a natural market for this...