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 Post subject: Cell (mobile) phone SIM cards
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:41 am 
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Can I easily buy a SIM card to insert in my cell phone, in place of the ATT card that is in there now? Since I will be in South Africa for a month, it will be much cheaper to have a local card.

Details on finding them, costs, etc.?

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You can buy starter packs for all three the mobile companies in sA at various places.

I won't name all of them, but I can just tell you that you will have no trouble locating such a place. :wink:

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You may even find a cheaper pack at one of the department stores in the malls - e.g. Game. The phone shops will charge you full price.

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Don't forget your phone will need to be unblocked. PM me with the phone type if you are unsure. You can get it done at small independant cellphone shops but they will charge. Depending on the phone it should be possible to do it yourself.

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Don't forget you will need to get the phone unblocked if it isn't already.

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Making a statement, hey Rayb? :twisted: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Cell (mobile) phone SIM cards
Unread postPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2008 1:28 pm 
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Leopards4all wrote:
Can I easily buy a SIM card to insert in my cell phone, in place of the ATT card that is in there now? Since I will be in South Africa for a month, it will be much cheaper to have a local card.

Details on finding them, costs, etc.?

Thanks.

Since you're in the USA, the unblock suggestions that rayb (UK based) makes likely won't work for your phone. However, so long as you have had your AT&T phone for longer than 3 months, you should be able to get AT&T to network unlock it for you — if it is not already unlocked. Check with them, as there is no charge for the unlocking. I have T-Mobile and it was very easy. You also need to have a 3 or 4-band phone to use overseas, but I think most newer phones are?

In South Africa you can get a pay as you go startup pack for a very reasonable price and purchase top-up vouchers as needed. Pay as you go is a FAR better deal in other countries than it is in the US. I use Vodacom when I am in SA and can recommend them. If you are arriving at OR Tambo (Joburg), there is a Vodacom desk almost directly in front of you as you enter the international arrivals hall from customs — or at least that's where it was last August. Check the Vodacom website for prices etc and email them if you have questions.

Your AT&T card will be just fine if you're only making calls back to the USA, but if you plan to be making local calls, then a local SIM is essential!

Good luck and have a great trip!


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wildtuinman wrote:
Making a statement, hey Rayb? :twisted: :lol: :lol:


Sorry about that, I thought the first post had errored.

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 Post subject: SIM Cards
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Hi All,

I was in SA on holiday this past December. I wanted to buy a SA SIM card for my cell phone, but had a lot of difficulty. Apparently there is a new rule/law that SIMs have to be registered to an address. I obviously didn't have a utility bill in my name.

Fortunately I was with a family member who was able to do this on my behalf.
But it is something foreign visators should be aware of.

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 11:53 am 
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Yes, a new law in place in SA, (RICA), Just another timewaster & money waster. :tongue: All foreign Nationals will have a problem with the new law. :slap:

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
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According to the law the international tourists only have to show their passport...

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
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Yes DQ, but the peeps selling the phones/simcards are not trained in this Law at all. The best place to get a new Sim will be on the airport, & maybe some training should be given before 2010 Soccer. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:23 pm 
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Scipio wrote:
Yes DQ, but the peeps selling the phones/simcards are not trained in this Law at all.


Scipio,

Gotto agree with you there.
Told the sales person at this particular shop my whole sad story - I was in the country on holiday. Nothing with my name and SA address on it. Yadda yadda yadda. He was not interested. No address, no SIM. End of.

Had to go back next day with a family member who lives in SA and could buy the SIM on my belhalf. And the whole process still took over 1/2 hour :wall:

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
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Airport shops will be best, as you land, go to the Cellshop. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: SIM Cards
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 12:56 pm 
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Hi all,
I've never buoght a SIM for my cellphone, I'd like to know if it's the better solution. Every year we bought a phone card for public phone but often in the parks are out of order and use our SIM in SA is very expensive (I'm from Italy). Anyone could tell me if all SIM are suitable for all cell? And about the costs?
Thank you very much and sorry for bad english :redface:
Silvia


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