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Re: Internet Connection KNP

Unread postby picnic » Sat Sep 22, 2012 8:42 am

Wilddog.prg the word started here. :)

threedogs wrote:Hi VicRob,
I am a bit techno dense so forgive me asking but we were thinking of taking our netbook with us which we use here with an Optus USB wireless modem dongle thingy. :lol:


The Aussies call a "plug and play usb modem" a dongle. :wink:

Wilddog.prg I think any modem(if modem is in proper working order) will work with vodacom sim card. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby Klystron » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:23 am

The "dongle" being discussed is more like the Australians name it than a true dongle.
A dongle is usually supplied with a purchased program for a computer and is a method of preventing piracy as the program will not run without the dongle.
Electronically the dongle supplies a code that allows the program to run.

The device being discussed (sorry I do not know it's proper name as I have never used one) is very similar to a cell phone but without a keyboard or display.
It's sole purpose is to interface a computer with the cellular network for data traffic so it is the equivalent of the Modem used at home to connect to a telephone / ADSL line.
Hope this helps a little.

For myself I use a MTN phone in the park and have a pay as you go MTN phone in my car using the car's outside aerial.
The car usually has reception for more than 50% of the time (including trips to Crook's Corner) whereas the phones have signal for about 20% of the time.
Around and in Skukuza we get a full signal and have also used Internet, both with the 3G capability of the phone and with the WiFi signal on a lap top.

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby Crested Val » Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:38 am

This is a typical "Dongle"
It just fits into a USB outlet in your computer.
I wouldn't be without mine!!! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby bustergirl » Sat Oct 13, 2012 11:39 pm

Here's what I did, coming from America.

I have a iphone 4s.
I made sure it was unlocked by my US carrier (Verizon).
I emailed the Vodacom store at the JNB airport, and they sent a link to order a data SIM card.
I picked up the SIM card after arriving.
The guy at Vodacom said my phone wasn't unlocked and that it wouldn't work.
This was really frustrating to me.

But when I got to Berg en Dal, my husband looked at my phone.
It was registered with Vodacom and worked just fine as a hot spot.
It was super slow compared to at home, but worked ok for checking email and posting on Facebook.

So if the Vodacom store tells you that your phone isn't unlocked - and you think it is - don't give up.
I think it is helpful to turn your phone off and then back on to get it to recognize the Vodacom SIM card.

Good luck!

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby Elsa » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:47 am

+27 11 3903362Fax: +27 86 554 9580email: jiamanager@Cellucity.co.za
Vodashop: O R Tambo Intl. Airport
Main Arrivals Hall
Tel: +27 11 394 8834Fax: +27 11 390 2020email: polo@cellucity.co.za
OR Tambo Domestic Arrivals
2nd floor Main International Arrivals Terminal
Tel: +27 11 390 3287Fax: +27 11 390 1834email: Nicholson@cellucity.co.za

Not sure if any of those would help Safarigirl.
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby VicRob » Tue Mar 19, 2013 12:57 am

Hi there
We usually collect a rental phone and sim at the airport Vodafone store.
We have found we get through customs and immigration very quickly so no issues there.
We then head to Vodafone Shop but have to say it is often quite busy.
I am happy to stand corrected here but I would allow a good twenty to thirty minutes there, sometimes it's quicker but I guess it depends how many planes have just landed.
It is a small store but there are usually 3 people working there.
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby normana53 » Tue Mar 19, 2013 2:24 am

I used a web service that has a way you can reserve and pay in advance, I did this on our last trip and it worked very well. Walked into the Vodafone store at OR Tambo, showed them my identification, they handed me my SIM card and dongle, and I was off in less than 10 minutes! The site is b4igo.travel
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu Apr 04, 2013 9:04 am

An alternative for you could be that there is a very good Vodacom store in Komatipoort (near Croc Bridge Gate) with very helpful staff.
(There may even be one in Malelane but I don't know that for sure)

If you're worried about the time at OR Tambo, drive to Komati get sorted with Dongle, phne etc, and then enter through Croc Bridge, (if you have time) or else do it the day after.

You will not need to pre book and pay, life there is very laid back!!!!

I hope you have a wonderful trip with many sightings. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Best place to get Mobile phone simcard

Unread postby WendyA » Mon Apr 29, 2013 12:52 pm

Hi Marion!

I've never been to the airport in Mpumulanga so am not quite sure what it is like for shops ...

I would definitely recommend picking up a local SIM card at the airport though if you can - because of new laws here regarding the sale of SIM cards, the local shops sometimes require proof of residency in the form of a copy of a service bill showing an address in South Africa; the shops in the airport just ask for a copy of your passport.

That said, I have heard of forumites having no problems buying SIM cards in shops outside the park - I guess it's a bit like park sightings, it all depends on being in the right place at the right time (with the right sales person)!

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Re: Best place to get Mobile phone simcard

Unread postby Graham_5000 » Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:20 pm

In my experience, the mobile phone shops in OR Tambo are used to dealing with this request from non-residents.. I am guessing you are flying to Kruger Mpumalanga from Jo-burg? If you have time before leaving, visit one of the mobile shops in the main hall of the airport. Vodacom gave me a sim immediately last time!
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Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas

Unread postby Shushin » Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:07 pm

We stayed at Lower Sabi, Satara, Croc Bridge 3 weeks ago. We had a sim with data. The signal was ok I was able to upload pictures nearly every night for my trip report to FB. Some nights it was a little slow but on the whole it was fine. One more thing the signal is not 3g it is only E well was for be on vodaphone
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Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas

Unread postby Crested Val » Sun Jun 16, 2013 8:11 pm

Punda Maria and Mopani have 2G (Vodacom Edge) but it is really really slow and keeps cutting out.......even just for emails, I gave up in the end. :wall: :wall:

Letaba has 3G, but again the signal is not very good a lot of the time.

Don't know about Satara..........it will certainly have 2G, but not sure about 3G.

Berg en Dal I think should be OK.

If it is important work, I would try and do it before you come.

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Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Jun 17, 2013 9:00 pm

Hi Janine

We are staying at Punda Maria, Bateleur, Mopani, Letaba, Satara and Berg en Dal. We will have a Vodacom dongle (modem).


I have found much the same as Val. Do not rely on a good strong and fast signal. You will be able to connect at all the camps (except Bateleur) but the signal seems to drop very often, and can be very slow. I have a notebook with a built in modem that takes a sim card, my SO used a Vodacom dongel - the dongel seemed to be much better.

Mopani offers internet at the camp, so maybe you can work around that option.
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Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas

Unread postby Sawubona » Wed Jun 19, 2013 3:37 pm

Have been at Bateleur the past weekend, and yes, no Vodacom signal.

However at the Tsanga outlook, there is aparantly a bit of MTN signal.

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Re: 3G Internet signal strength at camps - info needed pleas

Unread postby Elsa » Wed Jun 19, 2013 9:56 pm

We were quite amused while staying at Shimuwini recently when seeing a bench under a Jackalberry tree near the hide with a sign on it indicating this is the only place where one can receive cell signal. 8)
and even then it was pretty scratchy! :wink:
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