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Unread postPosted: Sun Jul 20, 2008 10:07 pm 
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Thanks for the extra info, Paul. I'm told that Vodacom rents USB modems as well, so I can perhaps get one in addition to my pay as you go SIM. Or use the cable if I can figure out how :?


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 Post subject: Questions for the Techies out there....
Unread postPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 7:57 pm 
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My wife and I will be in Kruger for a couple weeks in November and she wants to be able to update friends and family on a daily basis from the camps, what I am hoping to be able to do is to get an unlocked MiFi and a data plan from one of the cellular providers in O.R. Tambo airport and she can then Skype/email our friends and family back in Canada with my iPad... My questions to you techies out there is...

1) Can an international visitor get a data plan from the airport when we arrive ?(vodacom, mtn)
2) Do the camps (satara, berg-en-dal, skukuza, lower sabi) have 3G?
3) Does anyone know how much the data plans cost, can't find anything on their websites and they are not answering my emails?
4) Has anyone used a MiFi in the Kruger before?

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Unread postPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 9:54 pm 
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Shutterbug, you will be able to get normal cellular 3G with a pre-paid SIM card. Just make sure your device is not network-locked.

I don't know if the signal will be reliable enough for Skype voice conversations etc.

I have never heard of MiFi

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 Post subject: Re: Questions for the Techies out there....
Unread postPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 5:12 pm 
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joshilewis wrote:
Shutterbug, you will be able to get normal cellular 3G with a pre-paid SIM card.


Is this a new service, because as an international visitor I have only ever been able to get SIM cards for phone calls/sms only.

@Rick The camps in the south do have 3G, I received excellent reception from MTN, Vodafone etc) on my own cell phone. (on roaming)

Would a USB 3G broadband modem be an option? There seems to be something called Grasshopper that might do the trick. Will PM the link too.


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Unread postPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 6:01 pm 
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Would a USB 3G broadband modem be an option?
That is exactly the thing! At MTN they rent them and if you already have the 3G Data hardware you can also get only the Sim-Card. The cost is approximately R700 for a month for rent and 2GB. At least that is what they told me. You can rent it for shorter periods too.


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Unread postPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 7:17 pm 
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Ok guys this is what I have found out so far, thanks very much to everyone that PM'd me.

Vodacom and MTN (cellular service providers) are at Johannesburg airport.
Hardware (USB 3G modems) are available for rent
Pure data plans are available, this is from Vodacom link and below is part of an email I received as an excel file so I just did the copy paste thing below is MTN's prices

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A broadband mobile USB also known as 3G Data card, is a mobile modem which you connect to your laptop to access the internet. Our 3G Data Cards rates are as follows.
3G Data Card
Daily rental rate @ R10.00
Daily insurance @ R5.00
Weekly rental rate @ R60.00
Weekly insurance @ R30.00
Monthly rental rate @ R180.00
Monthly insurance rate @ R90.00
Excess (provided insurance is taken) @ R1000.00
Replacement cost @ R2000.00
Credit Card Authorization / Deposit @ R1500.00
Business Rules – If a unit (sim card, phone, data card or GPS unit is taken for 6 days or more the weekly rate will apply up to 17. Thereafter a first month rate will apply If a unit (sim card, phone, data card or GPS unit is taken for 18 days or more the monthly rate will apply. In both instances periods in excess of 6 days (weekly rate) or 30 days (monthly rate) the additional period will be charged pro-rata to the applicable rate.
All above charges exclude Value Added Tax (VAT), at present 14%.
Our sim only rates are as follows.
Sim Cards
Daily rental rate @ R5.00
Daily insurance @ NIL
Weekly rental rate @ R30.00
Weekly insurance @ NIL
Monthly rental rate @ R90.00
Monthly insurance rate @ NIL
Excess (provided insurance is taken) @ N/A
Replacement cost @ R150.00
Credit Card Authorization / Deposit @ R1000.00


--------end--------


I hope it helps someone, at the end of the day if you are a foreigner to South Africa you must have a passport to buy a data plan and either rent your hardware or have an unlocked device (i will be using the MiFi) if I need correcting or someone has more to add please go ahead and add, everything helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Questions for the Techies out there....
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Josh, the MiFi is about half the size of an iPhone, it takes a regular sim-card and converts a cellular 3G signal to a WiFi signal so that up to 5 WiFi enabled devices like a laptop or whatever (iPad in my case) can connect to the internet, the MiFi that I have is unlocked so I can go anywhere in the world and buy a sim-card at the airport I land at and only pay local rates, then with my iPad I can email/skype/or even upload pictures for friends and family... pretty neat.


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Sounds like a great little device.
I have a pre-paid SIM card (have had one for 10 years) and I get HSDPA and 3G just fine. The only complication these days is RICA. Otherwise you can buy SIM cards at almost all supermarkets, often for less than R10. The data will cost more on prepaid, but there's a lot less hassle involved.

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 Post subject: Re: Questions for the Techies out there....
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Need some advice especially from the forumites in the USA for a friend coming out in Sept.

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Here in America you can go into a store and buy a disposable cell phone, I was wondering if you know are those available in S.A. We wanted to have one on our trip so if we needed to make a call we had one available. It would be pretty expensive for us to get an International cell phone.


I guess the answer is somewhere on the forum, but can't find.


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Foxy, for my future trip I have been in contact with a couple of internet providers and you can rent a mobile phone and also only a SIM Card at the airport. I'll send you a PM with more details.


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Thanks very much Micetta.


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Foxy wrote:
Need some advice especially from the forumites in the USA for a friend coming out in Sept.
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Here in America you can go into a store and buy a disposable cell phone, I was wondering if you know are those available in S.A. We wanted to have one on our trip so if we needed to make a call we had one available. It would be pretty expensive for us to get an International cell phone.

I guess the answer is somewhere on the forum, but can't find.

Foxy, all your friends need is an UNLOCKED cell phone, that is, if they subscribe to either T-Mobile or AT&T. (I'm not sure that Verizon and Sprint phones are compatible with international systems :( . )

With an unlocked phone, all they need do is get an SA pay-as-you-go SIM card, pop it into their phone, and they will be all set. If this is a one-off RSA visit, just get a SIM card and top-up voucher(s) and once they leave, their RSA cell number will expire. However, if your friends will be visiting SA again within less than two years, Vodacom has a special "passport" voucher that allows you to keep you cell number active for two years (and then keep it active again, by purchasing another passport voucher). (For me, visiting more and more frequently now, this is a HUGE benefit :D !!)


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Thanks Arks. :)


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 Post subject: WiFi availability?
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Hi,
First post - here goes.
My wife and I will be self-driving a Nissan Trax for the month of April.
We start at Golden Gate N.P. and then Royal Natal.
Work our way to Kruger N.P. for the last week.
We can't wait to get away from our world (very snowy here in central Canada) and immerse ourselves in all things SA (and Lesotho and Swazi) for a month.
But perhaps once or twice a week I will need to connect with my student interns via email.
I'm wondering if there will be WiFi spots in any of the N.P. campsites that I can tap into for a bit of work? Thanks in advance - great forum!
MZ


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Hi and welcome MZ :D

Best to buy a SA data sim card when you land at the airport and use that to connect to 3G. That way you should have some sort of connection, although not always 3G, but a very much wider range of 'area' to connect.

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