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All posts tagged "vodacom"

  • 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...

  • ‘Vodacom, MTN did nothing to stop number being fraudulently ported’

    A Centurion man says that Vodacom and MTN couldn't stop his phone number from being fraudulently ported. Alasdair Cameron said that his ABSA credit card was "hijacked"and that the criminals needed his number to take full advantage of the compromised card. According to Cameron, ABSA arranged for a new card to be delivered via UTI Couriers after the first one was compromised, and after two weeks, he received a text message on 30 March to say the card had been delivered. "It hadn't. I'd neither signed for it nor laid eyes on it (despite UTI reassuring ABSA that the card had been 'dropped')," he...

  • 5 interesting takeaways from Vodacom’s 2015/2016 annual earnings data

    Vodacom has this week released (pdf) its financial numbers for 2015 (ending 31 March 2016), and based on the digits, it's had a good one. This especially so when compared to its rival MTN. Although the latter still rules the roost in terms of nearly five times more African subscribers, Vodacom has seen a bit of a boom with its data offerings, subscriber growth and infrastructure improvements. "I am very pleased with our performance this year, with strong execution of our strategy delivering solid results," remarks CEO of Vodacom, Shameel Joosub, in the document. "The acceleration in network investment over the past...

  • Vodacom Smart 6 review: not quite six of the best

    Budget Android phones have really changed the smartphone market for the better. Not only do they force manufacturers to launch cheaper but better phones, they also give consumers a fairly decent alternative to the overkill flagship and mid-range devices. Vodacom’s one of the pioneers of this movement in South Africa most notably with the Smart Kicka, a R499 phone that could almost kick it with the big boys in terms of app availability. Not everyone wants to spend R5000 plus on a smartphone, and these give consumers a viable alternative.

  • 5 times you wish you had the Samsung Galaxy S6 gold edition [SPONSORED]

    By combining class and performance, Samsung South Africa and Vodacom are offering two world-class devices made to fit your lifestyle all year round. Introducing, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. If you haven’t given into temptation already, here are a couple of times you’ll really want to have the Samsung Galaxy S6 as your companion: 1. On a night out on the town The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a sexy companion. And what better way to compliment a good night out with a flashy smartphone like this. The S6 welcomes the perfect combination of metal and glass for the...

  • Vodafone’s digital school in a box will benefit 15 000 child refugees

    The Vodafone Foundation has announced an initiative called Instant Classroom, a digital school in a box. The concept, which can be set up in 20 minutes, was unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The purpose of the initiative, Vodafone says, is to help give children and young adults in poorly resourced refugee camps the opportunity to continue their education. The company says this year alone Instant Classroom will provide up to 15 000 children and young adults aged from seven to 20 with advanced teaching aids that are currently only available in a minority of schools in developed nations. Instant...

  • Vodacom to deploy M-Pesa linked prepaid EMV cards

    Digital security company Gelmato has announced that it is going to deploy prepaid EMV banking cards to complement Vodacom’s m-pesa mobile wallet service in South Africa. The card is certified by the major international payment schemes and accepted at any of the 240 000 EMV-compliant payment terminals and over 27 000 ATMs throughout the country, which will significantly extend the reach of the leading South African operator’s services. This move makes Vodacom the first mobile operator to initiate the large-scale rollout of an EMV banking card that is accepted anywhere. “With this new project, Vodacom becomes the first mobile operator to...

  • Vodacom reports data usage increase in its interim results

    The average volume of data that is consumed per smartphone on Vodacom’s network has jumped by 55.4 % to 336 MB/month year on year in six month period ended 30 September 2014. That figure comes from the mobile operator's interim financial results published on Monday. “More than half of our customer base now actively uses data and data traffic increased 75.2% in comparison to last year,” the company said. The numbers show that average monthly consumption on tablets in South Africa increased by 28.9 % to 879MB. The number of active smartphones and tablets increased by 22.3% to 8.6-million. The...

  • Vodacom, Deezer tie the music-streaming knot for South Africans

    In March this year we reported that South African telecom giant Vodacom is looking to introduce a new music streaming service, Spotify. Earlier this week, news broke that South African telecoms company Vodacom, and French-based music streaming company Deezer, were in talks to boost the latter's penetration of the African continent. Now, the arrangement has today been made official. The arrangement comes after Deezer -- Spotify and Pandora's main international rival in a rather crowded music streaming market -- made intents to break into the South African market clear. The site will now have a boquet of around 32.5-million Vodacom subscribers...

  • Don’t burn your wallet: why SA hasn’t reached its mobile, cashless future (yet)

    When it comes to technologies that have failed to deliver on the hype that preceded them, it's pretty difficult to beat mobile money in South Africa. Following the rise of MPesa in Kenya, everyone thought South Africa, with its massive mobile population, would follow suit. While few would have dared to say it at the time, there was a sense of expectation that, within a few years, everyone would have abandoned cash and would be paying for things on their phones. Boy was that wrong. A number of factors hindered the growth of mobile money in the country, including restrictive...

  • Spotify possibly coming to Africa with Vodacom partnership

    The popular music streaming service, Spotify, is allegedly making its way to the African continent. According to certain sources, the Swedish startup is in talks with one of South Africa's largest telecoms, Vodacom Group. As pointed out by Bloomberg, Vodacom might offer its wireless customers a limited amount of free data to access Spotify’s music library. When it comes to local competition, Spotify faces the likes of Simfy Africa, Deezer, and Rdio. In terms of potential users, Vodacom operates in South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Mozambique, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and boasts over 30-million customers. While any official...

  • Could pre-paid internet be Africa’s broadband saviour?

    Depending on where you live in the world, it might be hard to imagine going about your life without easy access to the internet. For many, it has become more than a source of entertainment and information. From doing business, to keeping in contact with others, to participating in the news and conversation on a global scale, the internet has become an integral part of modern society. In South Africa, access to reliable, affordable internet isn’t always a given. That’s why companies like Telkom Mobile have launched pre-paid internet programs. Like pre-paid options in the mobile phone market (you pay...

  • Vodacom results show big data growth, 6.6m smartphones in SA

    The mobile networks don't have things as easy as they once did, particularly in emerging market countries like South Africa. As fixed line internet has become cheaper and more freely available and data costs have fallen, the operators have seen their traditional SMS and voice revenues plummeting. While those pressures apply as much to South African cellular giant Vodacom as anyone else, it looks like it's managed to at least keep its revenue growing positively, thanks largely to data and an increasing demand for smartphones in the country. According to the company's latest financial results, international revenue was up...

  • 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...

  • SA app developers stand chance to win $30k, place in international competition

    With so many apps out there (Apple's app store alone has over 900 000 active apps) it's becoming increasingly difficult to stand out as an app developer. If you manage it however, the rewards can be potentially enormous. Grab a portion of the 102-billion app downloads research house Gartner predicts will take place this year and you'll be able to lay your hands on a share of US$26-billion in revenue apps are expected to make this year. One way to get yourself on the path to app wealth and glory is to enter as many competitions as possible. This...