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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:48 am 
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This is what they claim to have.
But yet again there is bad weather, the type of phone and sometimes they upgrade the towers.
All of these can change the factors of the signal strength.

So According to what it should be Cell C is number 1.

When I take my iPhone on holiday vodacom seems to do the job well.

But I do hear that MTN is by far the worst of them all.


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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:56 am 
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Although I am not from over the seas I use my Iphone as a hotspot.

So you can just buy a simcard, load airtime or a data bundle on it and violla! You are ready to go.

MTN is BAD!! According to me...I have 2 mtn phones and then the Vodacom iphone, and have never experienced difficulty to connect with the vodacom. But MTN... :slap: Right next to the VC I get NOTHING!!

Havent used CC so cant comment on that, but if it were me to choose it would be the Big Red and not the Yellow.

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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 12:47 pm 
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it makes sense that Cell C would be close to vodacom as they piggy back on the Vodacome network. I have top say Cell C isnt the worst 8ta is ask me I know :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:26 pm 
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Wow - thanks for all of the responses!! you guys rock!! :k (even though I don't know you, I will kiss you...I am a friendly American BTW)

follow up questions... It seems like going with a SIM card purchased in Johannesburg should work to make my unlocked iphone 4s into a hot spot. I believe there is an Vodacom store at the airport. Can anyone confirm this? We get in late (like 9:30 pm), are staying at a hotel right at the airport, and plan to leave early the next day for Kruger, so I'll have to check their hours so we don't get delayed.

At the Vodacom store, they will be able to give me the SIM card for data, and install it into my phone and make sure it works, right?

I just hate to get all the way out to Kruger and then not have it work.

thanks again!


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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:45 pm 
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Hi Bustergirl,

Yeah we are usually a pretty friendly place on the whole. :lol:

I think, as an overseas visitor you will need to book your SIM in advance anyway, due to a South African law regarding addresses and mobile phones.

You will find more information in this post, look at the later pages for the latest info.

Have a great trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Connectivity for our iPad - wifi?? need techie help
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2012 2:14 am 
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Bustergirl, I have bad news for you. Your Verizon iPhone may not be compatible with overseas cellphone systems. Not sure about this, but it used to be that only AT&T and T-Mobile US phones would work overseas, and that a phone designed for either the Verizon or Sprint networks was not compatible with overseas systems, networks and SIM cards. Sorry to be the bearer of potential bad news, but it would be worse for you to arrive (very jetlagged) at OR Tambo only to discover that your Verizon iPhone, even unlocked, us useless.

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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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Verizon 4G iPhones will work internationally, but you have to get Verizon to unlock it before you go! I have purchased SIM cards at OR Tambo multiple times with no problem, walk in right off the plane. you have to show them your ticket or passport info (can't remember which, or if both) and walk out after a few minutes with the card installed and working on your phone.

The issue with many US call phones is that they aren't dual band/GSM capable. I have a HTC smartphone that won't work overseas, my wife has a dual band that works fine. I also keep an older dual band phone just for trips outside the US.

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 Post subject: Re: Internet
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Wi-Fi internet reception/internet café facility

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Have a look here under Facilities..............WiFi internet

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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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Thanks for all your advise,
I will hire a dongle again. I have used the internet cafe at Skukuza for several years and yes you are allowed to use your own laptop.
The dongles work very well and are quite reasonable, its just a bit of a chore when you have just got off a long haul flight, there is usually a queque at the Vodaphone shop and it takes some time to set up your laptop. It delays getting to Kruger!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access
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While in Skukuza in May 2012, I did a speedtest using both ADSL connection at the conference facility and Vodacom 3G using my Vodacom dongle. The conference facility has WiFi but I did the speedtest directly with the LAN cable to get best speed results. The conference WiFi and LAN are only available for delegates but it gives an idea of the speed of landline based connection in the camp.

These are the official result which I published to my twitter https://twitter.com/SimonBotes/status/198054368942112768 just after doing the test:

Telkom ADSL at Conference Facility:
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Using the Vodacom 3G in Skukuza I got the following results:
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Best bet for fast internet in Skukuza would be Vodacom 3G.


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 Post subject: WiFi
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Is WiFi available at Kruger Camps? Specifically Pretoriuskop, Satara, Olifants and Skukuza?

Thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi
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Internet cafe at Skukuza, otherewise "no" to the other camps you mention. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi
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Hi to all,

I have found that the internet cafe's internet is Very slow. Most of the camps have 3G signal, so a dongle would work just fine.

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi
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I went with the dongle and, while it wasn't a fast connection, we could get online just fine. To save on bandwidth, save the mobile or low bandwidth links to your email, facebook, etc.

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 Post subject: Re: WiFi
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I'll second that Arks. :thumbs_up:

I have taken my Vodacom Dongle to Kruger for the last 7 years, and have always had internet connection in the main camps.

At Skuks, you get 3G and a good signal, and at the other camps you get 2G, which is slow......but heck I'm in the park to see the wildlife. I just like to say "hi" on the forums, and send an occasional email to our kids!!

I could not upload photos to Flickr last year even at Skuks, but otherwise no probs. :thumbs_up:

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