South Africa has amongst the most expensive mobile data in Africa, says a new report, though it is still better of than the US and Canada. According to a report by Cable.co.uk, a UK price comparison website, South Africa ranks 148 out of 228 countries on the price of mobile[…]
Mobile operators Vodacom and MTN have warned that South Africans may suffer network problems as a result of vandalism on cellphone towers. Thieves have targeted cellphone base stations to steal expensive batteries and diesel fuel used to power the mobile network infrastructure – especially during rolling blackouts. Eskom announced an[…]
Scammers are separating helpful South Africans from their money in what appears to be a wave of fraud that relies on hijacking WhatsApp accounts – and then simply asking for money. The scammers first take control of a victim’s phone number, usually by porting the number to a new service[…]
Competition Commissioner, Tembinkosi Bonakele, says they have cited possible discrimination cases relating to data pricing amongst MTN and Vodacom customers. This after the Competition Commission warned both firms that they have two months to reduce mobile data prices by 30 to 50% or face hefty penalties. An international benchmark has found[…]
Trade and Industry Minister, Ebrahim Patel says government is prepared to do what is necessary to help ensure the reduction of data prices in the country. On Monday, the Competition Commission released its data services market inquiry findings – including that data prices in South Africa are excessive and anti-poor. The Commission[…]
Vodacom and MTN’s long wait for the auction of new spectrum in South Africa is set to continue after the government made clear the priority is to increase opportunities for smaller companies. The telecommunications ministry said Friday that more than 400 operators with no access to spectrum should be allowed[…]
South Africa’s two largest cellular network providers Vodacom and MTN, and newcomer Rain, plan to accommodate eSIM-cards by 2020. An eSIM-card is built into a smartphone and needs to be activated by a mobile network to be operational. Like a traditional SIM-card, it allows users access to mobile networks to[…]
The #VodacomShutdown movement is expected to protest outside the mobile giant’s headquarters on Thursday. Consumers are unhappy over Vodacom’s handling of the “Please Call Me” matter. Activists from the Vodacom Shutdown Movement are demanding the mobile operator pay former employee Nkosana Makate for his invention. Angry consumers have taken to[…]
Following a barrage of complaints, Vodacom has agreed to grant affected customers a 500MG bundle free “over and above the airtime and data refunds processed by the company.” In a statement released on Wednesday, the operator says that the system error was caused by a configuration change on Vodacom’s prepaid[…]
The Competition Commission has decided not to prosecute Vodacom and MTN for anti-competitive conduct due to insufficient evidence. This is despite a lengthy investigation following a complaint from Cell C which revealed that there were several features in the mobile telephony market which affected the ability of smaller mobile operators to[…]
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