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Re: Cell (mobile) phone coverage

Unread postby simonB » Fri May 04, 2012 3:42 pm

In the USA the cell networks use GSM Band 850/1900 Mhz
In South Africa we use GSM 900 and 1800. A few locations like Jhb are testing with other frequencies, this might be why you got it working at the airport. So your handset might detect the network but will not be able to connect to it, due to the wrong frequency. This is why an "old nokia" works perfectly with a local simcard.

http://www.worldtimezone.com/gsm.html

Best bet would be to rent a handset at the airport or even easier, purchase a cheap prepaid mobile device + simcard in south africa. Most mtn, vodacom or pep stores shops will have low cost devices.
You dont need a fancy phone, get the cheapest device you find.

I am currently in the park till 28may. Reception hee is very bad. Only the major camps have signal. Dont expect to find goodsignalin the game viewing area.

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby normana53 » Mon May 07, 2012 6:29 pm

Coming from the USA, you need to have a dual band GSM phone that accepts SIM cards. My SO and I have used dual Band phones in South Africa on multiple occasions. SO keeps hers as it is, and pays International roaming rates to keep in contact with her Veterinary Practice by text and phone, while I purchase a SIM card at the Airport when we arrive so that I can place local calls.
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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:29 am

Sethch, I always use 3G internet connection. All the camps chosen have fairly good reception.

I know that when Melph was here from Australia, she was able to get a dongle, or whatever you call it, and buy bundles of data.
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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 04, 2012 8:39 am

Seth, you should be able to Skype in those camps :thumbs_up: Just remember that you are out in the bush and internet connections are not always reliable, and not always 3G 'speed'; if that makes sense. But you should be able to connect and use the text option at the very least.
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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread postby Crested Val » Mon Jun 04, 2012 10:58 am

Yes I always use a dongle USB modem when in SA.

The dongles cost about R350 and then you can buy a data bundle to suit you.

Skukuza has 3G which is quite fast, but all the other camps have 2G which is much slower.
Having said that it is still enough to email and probably Skype usually.

Hope you sort something out, and have a wonderful trip. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Pay phones?

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:43 am

Hi Sethch, yes there are, although I don't think the one at Tamboti has been connected for years. However you will need to get a "phone card" from the shops. The card may be an actual card or is more likely to be a receipt with a number printed on it that you will need to enter into the phone before you dial the number.
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Re: Pay phones?

Unread postby Stark » Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:41 pm

I didn't need an address via Cellucity. I just filled in a reservation form and picked up a phone, sim, and USB dongle.
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Re: Pay phones?

Unread postby saraf » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:01 pm

Sethch wrote:So a regular interntaional phone card that I buy in the U.S. won't work?


It might, you just need to check with the provider. But I would err on the side of caution.

Have a look here for info about hiring mobile phones from O R Tambo.
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Re: Pay phones?

Unread postby Impisi08 » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:17 pm

Saraf: However you will need to get a "phone card" from the shops. The card may be an actual card or is more likely to be a receipt with a number printed on it that you will need to enter into the phone before you dial the number.


I aways use this and the system works very well. So far I bought all my "cards" at Satara and made phone calls from most of the main camps. If I am correct the minimum amount for a card is zar 50,-. I am always surprised how cheap it is to make a phone call to Holland (wild guess: 1 minute = appr. 1 zar).

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Re: Wifi or internet

Unread postby Stark » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:22 pm

A few thoughts on our recent experience.

We rented a dongle and 2gig of data, plus a basic phone, at OR Tambo. We could get signal at most camps, although nothing fast and nothing completely stable. It was enough to check and send emails, update facebook, etc.

My suggestion for people is to bookmark the low-bandwidth or mobile versions of the websites you need to access. This speeds up the load time and decreases the data usage. After 19 days in SA, we had more than enough data leftover. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread postby Shutterbug » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:38 am

Hi bustergirl and welcome to the forums,
Several years ago I bought an unlocked MiFihttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MiFi and no matter where we travel in the world we can find a cell shop and buy a data card for it, it converts a cell phone data plan into a WiFi signal that any device can connect to, so it will work wherever you can get cell coverage (which is most Kruger camps) we would never travel without it. We travel to Kruger pretty much once a year and buy a data plan from the cell shop in Johannesburg airport (cheaper than a data plan in North America :shock: )
I also know that if you have an unlocked iPhone 4 it can do pretty much the same thing, the key is that these things MUST be unlocked so they can work on any cell phone providers network.

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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread postby privalli » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:26 am

Hi Bustergirl,

Last month I was in KNP and I bought a vodacom SIM at the airport with only data volume (750MB) for R390,
two hours after inserting the card in my unlocked iphone I was able to share the connection 3g with my IPAD

There is a 3G network in and aroud the main camp in the south part of the park, but north of skukuza only Edge network but it's ok to read e-mail, browse internet and use KNP Sighting apps.

3G is ok to call with skype.

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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread postby spargish » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:53 am

Hi Buster Girl

I trust you dont have a 3g ipad. Your best bet would be to get a mifi device. I would advise sticking to the Vodacom and MTN networks, Cell C and 8ta maybe slightly cheaper but have no 3g coverage in KNP. Vodacom also have the best mifi device IMO. A mifi device uses a sim card to work as a wifi network allowing your Ipad to connect to it.

If you have a 3g ipad you could just buy a vodacom microsim. Creating a personal hotspot with your iphone is a possible solution but it does drain the battery of the iphone really quickly

I hope you have an awesome trip :mrgreen:
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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread postby Crested Val » Fri Jul 13, 2012 10:09 am

Yes, definitely there's quite good 3G coverage at Skukuza, and most other camps have 2G (Edge) but that is perfectly ok for emails and simple surfing. It probably won't upload photos to Flickr/Photobucket etc, but you will at least stay connected to friends and family.

Hope you have a wonderful trip. Don't forget your Yellow Ribbon. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help

Unread postby ossendryver » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:26 am

Hi

I think this might help too!

The black area is the cell phone coverage, for Edge and 3G.

Vodacom Coverage
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MTN Coverage
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Cell C Coverage
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I think Cell C has the best coverage by far, compared to the others.


I hope this helps!


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