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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by Merlin11 » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:06 pm

Hi Papop, we used B4igo to order our sim from Vodacom. The international calling plus option will give you slightly cheaper international calls, the straight SIM card will allow international calls but slightly more expensive.

So I guess it depends how many international calls to France you will need to make and then decide which is the Best Buy for you :thumbs_up:

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by papop » Sat Feb 13, 2016 1:43 pm

Many thanks to you for helping.
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by arthas » Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:26 pm

Hello!

I bought the B4igo package as well when I went to Kruger park. The SIM actually Vodacom (B4igo is I think a chain of Vodacom stores in SA airports)..

You should be able to make international calls without "international calling plus" option, but I would recommend that as it makes international calls very cheap so you won't have the hassle to worry too much about how many minutes you spend calling.

Vodacom signal in camps is good (even though web surfing via 3G is sometimes sketchy), and you sometimes catch signal even outside camps. The B4Igo store at OR Tambo is good: they are quick, nice and have extended opening times.

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Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by Sobian » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:18 pm

Dear all,

we have been visiting the Kruger National Park for some years now and are making preparations for an upcoming visit next week! Unfortunately we have misplaced the Southafrican simcard that we were using before and have to get another one. Normally we would stop by a mobile phone shop (I believe MTN) on the way from Joburg to Malelane gate but this time we are taking a connecting flight to Skukuza Airport and thus are not driving outside the park. So advice is needed...

Where would be the best place to get a SIM card with Internet credit? Joburg Airport or are there also possibilities at Skukuza airport and/or shop?

Best regards,
Sobian

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Re: Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:22 pm

Hi Sobian

I suggest that you buy one at Johannesburg airport. I do not recall Skukuza airport offering such a service, and nor do the shops in the park.

I also suggest that you buy a Vodacom sim, we find MTN not to cover the park very well, Vodacom is far better.
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Re: Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by Pjw » Tue Apr 19, 2016 5:24 pm

As you clear customs, but before you exit the restricted area there is a Virgin mobile counter that will give you a free sim card. my only issue with them is I'm not sure how readily available Virgin mobile top up air time is
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Re: Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by Afriphile » Tue Apr 19, 2016 8:38 pm

We use the Vodacom shop in the airport,upstairs as you exit customs in the meeting area.
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Re: Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by inyanga 1 » Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:02 pm

others have recommended http://www.b4igo.travel sim card pickup at OT.

order a call and data sim capacity you need and topups can be preloaded or online.

just need passport and sim expires 30 days after you leave.... no need for sa registration

have ordered one for forthcoming trip.
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Re: Acquiring SIM card

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:36 pm

Here is the reply from Kruger's Lesley in PR:

Lesley Nyawo wrote:The Park Shops sell airtime for the service providers as follows:

1. Vodacom
2. MTN
3. Cell C
4. Virgin Mobile
5. 8ta

The machines only produce prepaid airtime vouchers and not data bundle vouchers. The best option is to load the airtime then convert it into data bundles. The respective network operator has call centre agents that are available to assist guests with the process of converting airtime into data bundles, The call centre numbers are on the vouchers.

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by DinkyBird » Wed Apr 20, 2016 1:38 pm

Good to know, from our KNP guru:
Lesley Nyawo wrote:The Park Shops sell airtime for the service providers as follows:

1. Vodacom
2. MTN
3. Cell C
4. Virgin Mobile
5. 8ta

The machines only produce prepaid airtime vouchers and not data bundle vouchers. The best option is to load the airtime then convert it into data bundles. The respective network operator has call centre agents that are available to assist guests with the process of converting airtime into data bundles, The call centre numbers are on the vouchers.

Regards
Lesley Nyawo
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by hamboneco » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:23 pm

Hoping for any updates on status of internet cafes and wifi. I was planning to use my laptop and not purchase a cell phone data package. Is the Skukuza internet cafe still in business? We are planning to be in Skukuza, Satara, and Lower Sabie, and while we don't need daily access to email, I was hoping to be able to check mail every 2-3 days. Advice??

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by DinkyBird » Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:51 pm

Hi hamboneco

Lesley posted this in April last year. I think things are pretty much the same still. So you will only be able to get wifi in Skukuza.

Lesley Nyawo wrote:Dear Valued Guests

I trust this mail finds you well.
we do not have internet facilities in Satara, Berg en Dal and Lower Sabie.
camps that have internet access are as follows:

Skukuza Camp Nombolo Mdhluli Conference Centre
30 Minutes cost 50 Rands
NB: you may bring your own Laptop / Computer or make use of the ones provided at the facility.

Skukuza Cattle Barron Restaurant
offers free Wi-Fi for guests dining at the restaurant
NB: You need to bring your own Laptop / Computer, the restaurant only provides free Wi-Fi


Mopani Camp Conference Centre
30 Minutes Costs 30 Rands
1 hour Costs 50 Rands
NB: you may bring your own Laptop / Computer or make use of the ones provided at the facility.

I trust you find this response in order.

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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Dec 13, 2016 5:24 am

I know that my son in law managed to do a lot of work while using the Cattle Baron facilities.

Most of my family is living overseas and we keep regular communication with WhatApp. This includes phone calls and pictures. I am really pleasantly surprised at the quality of the sound. My daughter even managed to send lovely images from the Arctic circle using WhatApp.
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Re: Wireless 3G Internet & Cell phone Access

Unread post by Toddelelfe » Mon Jan 02, 2017 11:47 pm

In Pretoriuskop they offered me WLan at Wimpys.

In Lower Sabie is cell phone reception good enough for i.e. whats app

In Biyamiti also, some times i must move my cell phone a few cm on the table to get connection.
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Phone usage with a USA phone?

Unread post by skylinelinda » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:32 pm

We are about to leave for KRUGER! YES YES YES! What is the best way to get phone service while we are in the park? Will an International phone package work? can we buy a throw away phone? There are 8 of us and it would be nice to be able to communicate? Do the phones work well in Kruger? How about WIFI? When we were there a couple of years ago it didn't seem to work very well!!
Can't wait!
Anyone else be in the park from March 15-30? Are people still using the yellow ribbons? I don't really "know" anyone on the boards, so perhaps it is a waste of time for me to put one on the car!??? :D


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