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Unread postby richardharris » Sat Jul 08, 2006 6:03 pm

I don't know if 3G is available in the camps; I have never seen it advertised or anyone using it. GPRS is available though, with MTN and I think Vodacom.

You then use your mobile as a modem, connecting to your laptop either by infrared or bluetooth (or even a cable!).
It is fairly straightforward but does need a bit of setting up on the laptop.
I suggest you get this sorted out well in advance! GPRS is also a bit slow (roughly like a 28K modem - snail pace compared to broadband).
OK for text based e-mail and simple internet access but not much else.

3G would be much better but else where in the world tends to be available only in major conurbations.

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Unread postby lastpride » Sat Jan 19, 2008 4:48 am

For those who wanted to know the outcome. I purchased a SA Vodacom Sim card for 3G from Jo;Burg airport.

Works like a dream on GPRS here in Skukuza. Will try uploading pics later

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Cell (mobile) phone SIM cards

Unread postby Leopards4all » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:41 am

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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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Jun 30, 2008 7:54 am

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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Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread postby richardharris » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:15 am

Hi

2G and 3G refer to the connection speed. 2G is all I have ever picked up in the Park so far. 2G is a bit like the 'old fashioned' modems whilst 3G can be almost as good as broadband. In the UK I currently get up to 1.8 megabits but there is talk of pushing this to 8 in the near future. Not sure about SA plans.

2GB is probably 2 GBytes, refering to how much data you can download, usually per month. Unless you are into downloading films etc thats quite a bit of web browsing. Even one with quite a lot of pictures should be OK. If my maths is correct, you could even look at 6000 of my 'full size' (1800x1200) photos via the url link, which are about 250000 to 300000 kbytes in size. That will keep you going for quite a while!

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Re: Internet/3G access in Kruger

Unread postby Jumbo » Sun Mar 29, 2009 10:01 am

For the guys using Vodacom, most of southern Kruger should already, or very soon, have EDGE (sometimes also referred to as 2.5G)…EDGE is an enhanced GPRS and gives you about a 3x faster speed than GPRS. Northern Kruger will also get this in time.
Skukuza already has 3G

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Re: Internet access?

Unread postby Tony Park » Wed Sep 09, 2009 3:50 pm

Neily

The internet cafe in Skuuza is a bit hit and miss.

There's good mobile phone reception in the camps so may be better (if you are from overseas) to buy a south african sim card for your mobile when you get to the country, get the geek in the phone shop to download the local internet connection settings to your phone an connet that way.

I usually by 250meg or 500meg per month on a pre-paid sim card and use my phone as a modem via a cable connection to my laptop to get internet access.

PM me for more info.

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Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet

Unread postby Nungu » Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:27 am

Hi pinchaskut, welcome to the forum.

Public phones - at all the main camps near the shops - phone cards can be bought at the shops. All are Telkom phones and cards.

Cellphone reception at most of the camps and on some roads close to the borders of KNP, but generally not good. (except for camps - there it's fine)

Internet connections through 3G, but it can be very very slow.

Nothing to do with telephones in SA is free. Also not the internet - I think it's quite pricey - but thats subjective.
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Re: Phoning etc out of Kruger : land lines, cells, internet

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:12 pm

iNgisi wrote:If you are from Europe dont forget you pay for incoming calls to you on your cell phone, can be expensive and buying a SA SIM card is a good option.

Yep! Remember to bring your passport though when buying it (required) but then again you are supposed to have it with you all the time.
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Re: SIM Cards

Unread postby DuQues » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:11 pm

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

Unread postby Scipio » Thu Feb 04, 2010 12:35 pm

Airport shops will be best, as you land, go to the Cellshop. :thumbs_up:

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Re: SIM Cards

Unread postby DuQues » Wed Feb 24, 2010 1:38 pm

No worries about the english Silvia.
Your phone needs to be SIM-lock free, if it isn't you can arrange that at your shop.
A quick browse gives me the following for a SIM card in SA:
The Vodago Super Six Starter Pack
(R149.00 incl. VAT) comes with:

* a WIG enabled Vodacom 32k SIM card preloaded with a 180 days airtime window,
* your Vodacom cellphone number,
* a Vodacom SIM card,
* a Vodacom certificate,
* a user guide, and
* 10 FREE SMS's upon 1st recharge.

So that's about 13 euro.
Have a browse here:
http://www.vodacom.co.za
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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread postby DotDan » Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:53 pm

Nope no Wifi, if you do want to use the internet you have to go to the admin offices and they normally have a PC setup there which you can use to browse the net... :lol: :lol:

Also any searches that I did whilst in Lower Sabie did not yield any WIFI connections.

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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread postby Tieroog » Wed Jun 16, 2010 9:12 am

DinkyBird wrote:I do not need to use a 'mobile' connection much, except when we travel and then I use my cellphone with data enabled on my contract and connect as a 'modem' to my pc via blue tooth. Depending of the type of signal where we are, I can get as fast a connection via 3G as we have here at home on dsl. Its always very stable, no matter where I connect ... just the speed differs.


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Re: Lower Sabie 3G

Unread postby okie » Thu Jun 17, 2010 11:30 am

Get a mobile contract - works out much cheaper - Using your cell-phone costs at least R2.00 per MB , whereas it costs me R249 per month for 2GIG and this allows for a couple hundred hours connection per month .
I use a mobile all the time , on farm ,at home in Cape Town , on road , and any time for when I am not in the office . :whistle:
In KNP camps I got either at least EDGE or GPRS reception . In LSabie I had 3G .

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