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  • 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...

  • Vodacom scuppers social play The Grid

    Vodacom has announced kill off its social networking play The Grid by 1 December. The location-based social network, which in 2010 had around two million members in South Africa, Nigeria and Tanzania, was accessible by mobile users around the world. The Grid, which was formed in 2007 alongside instant messaging service Meep, allowed people to chat to friends, see where they were on a map and share pictures and videos with them....

  • Vodacom CEO to step down in 2013

    Vodacom CEO and über geek Pieter Uys will step down as head of the African mobile giant in 2013. Uys will be replaced by current Vodafone Spain chief Shameel Joosub, who was previously the managing director of Vodacom's South African division. "On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Pieter for his many achievements in establishing a great business.... We are grateful for his vision, leadership and commitment over the past two decades," said Vodacom board chairman Peter Moyo. According to Vodacom, Joosub's appointment will become effective as of 1 September in order to ensure a...

  • 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...

  • A geek at the helm: Memeburn’s interview with Vodacom CEO Pieter Uys

    It’s not often that a geek rises to the top of a multi-billion dollar company. These are spots frequently filled by accountants or lawyers. But times are changing. In a technology-driven world, the geeks are rising to the top. We know Microsoft was run by a geek (possibly the geekiest CEO of all time?) and Steve Jobs was somewhat of a geek (more a design-obsessed geek than anything else). In the startup world, technology investors frequently refuse to put their money behind startups unless at least one of the founders has strong geek credentials (they quite like programmers). Enter Pieter Uys....