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From Worldwide Mobile Guide

Cellular Operators

MTN

APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: internet

Virgin

Virgin Mobile offers users mobile internet via EDGE at the cost of 60c per mb. 3G and HSDPA is currently not available as both Virgin Mobile and Cell C share the same bandwidth.

APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: vdata

Vodacom

Vodacom was also the first provider to deploy a 3G (third generation) or UMTS network in South Africa and is also offering HSPA+ 21.1 Mbit/s and HSUPA (2100 GHz). Vodacom is also offering 42 Mbit/s on a trial basis, and should be commercially available by Q1 2012. In terms of other technology Vodacom has its hand in Wi-Fi,WiMAX and LTE.

APN settings

  • username: (blank)
  • password: (blank)
  • APN name: iphone.vodacom.za

Prepaid plans

MTN

Data feature packs (available on contract and prepaid)

MTN Broadband 10MB 75MB 100MB 300MB 350MB 500MB 1GB 2GB 1-Day Unlimited (New)
Subscription (inc VAT) R10 /1.5$ R49 /7.4$ R80 /12$ R149 /22.5$ R169 /25.5$ R189 /28.5$ R289 /43.6$ R389 /59$ R50 / 7.6$
Prepaid

Out-of-bundle rate (inc VAT) per MB

R1 / 0.15$ R0.65 / 0.1$ R0.65 R0.50 R0.50 R0.38 R0.29 R0.19 R0.00

You can load an Internet bundle in three ways – online, by USSD or by till slip. Simply dial *141*6# on your cellphone and follow the prompts to purchase your bundle. You can also visit any MTN store and buy a printed till slip stating the bundle’s activation code.

Where to buy

SIMs can be purchased in their own shops or in any supermarket across the country.

Sim Sizes

Mini SIMs available.

Vodacom

Prepaid & Top Up Data Option Data Included (per Month) Subscription (incl VAT) Out-of-bundle rate (per MB)Top Up/Prepaid
MyMeg 30 30MB R28 R2.00
MyMeg 110 110MB R88 R2.00
MyMeg 100 MB add £3/5$ 100 MB add £3 100 MB add £3
MyMeg 500 MB add £6/10$ 500 MB add £6 500 MB add £6
MyMeg 1 GB add £10/16$ 1 GB add £10 1 GB add £10

VoIP applications

GPS and other navigation applications

Restaurants, hotels and other recommendation applications

Social Networking applications

Special Travel applications

Wi Fi Networks

References

APN settings AT&T