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 Post subject: MTN SIM CARD
Unread postPosted: Wed May 29, 2013 4:47 pm 
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Hi all,
last year (august) I bought an MTN sim card, anyone can tell me if the sim cards expire in one year and one must make a top-up before the expiry date for keep it valid? In that case is it possible to do at the airport?
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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
Unread postPosted: Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:42 pm 
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Hi Silvia
I am not sure about MTN but Vodacom expires after one year if it is not used.
I used to keep a Vodacom sim for my trip to SA but to keep it valid I had to at least send one SMS every 2 months otherwise they expire.
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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
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As far as I know MTN sim cards expire if you have not made a chargeable call or sms in 3 months... And if you only use the sim card for data it does not count towards a "chargeable call".

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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:16 pm 
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Sorry for the delay, but I had lot of problems with my PC. Thank you for your answers.....I had to buy another one!!!!
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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:10 pm 
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All Pay-as-you-go sim cards, registered with RICA or not, expire after 3 months and any airtime loaded and unused is lost.

What I have noticed is that MTN Cards have the best coverage of the non-camp areas, followed by Cell-C and Vodacom has the poorest. This becomes significant for those folks transmitting and receiving messages on the various "sightings groups" on BBM, Whatsapp or Twitter. Trying to log onto the groups through Facebook or direct through their Android or Apple Apps is quite impossible except in camps and that is itself very slow.

Only the 3km near Phabeni and Phalaborwa gates, and the 5 km near Malelane and Crocodile Bridge get any 3-G signal.... everything else including camps is a very slow 2G and really painful if you want to download maps or photographs or email while in the camps.

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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
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Riverrat wrote:
All Pay-as-you-go sim cards, registered with RICA or not, expire after 3 months and any airtime loaded and unused is lost.

This is definitely NOT true for Vodacom pay as you go SIM cards, Riverrat. I have had a Vodacom SIM card for some years now and am able to keep it 'alive' (whilst I am away from SA) so long as I send an SMS to a friend every month or two (I usually do this once a month just to be certain). So far, I have not had any problems; I also generally maintain a blance of R100 or more. Of course, when I leave SA, I have to set my phone/SIM to 'roamon' (only allows SMSes from overseas) and when I return, I must remember to set it to 'roamoff' -- but it works just fine! :dance: Viva Vodacom!

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 Post subject: Re: MTN SIM CARD
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:20 am 
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@ arks.. I agree with your point. I think you have mis-understood me: If any service providers prepaid card is NOT USED at least once in a three-month window, the card is blocked and the number re-cycled. Service providers do not have an infinite stack of telephone numbers. Two of my old numbers are now in use by other parties.
This use has to be in the form of : 1. make a call, or 2. send an SMS, 3. log on for data, or 4. load airtime, (and some other actions.)

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