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Buying SIM Cards in South Africa

Buying SIM Cards in South Africa

Also known as the Republic of South Africa and located at the southernmost part of the continent of Africa, South Africa hold a diverse number of ecosystems, people, cultures, cities and natural wonders. One of the most famous places to visit in the country is Kruger National Park, a famous safari park and holds an impressive number of animal species such as lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants. Another place similar to Kruger National Park is Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park which is in Northern Cape. The country also boasts natural wonders like the Drakensberg also known as “Dragon Mountains” which has the highest peaks in the country making it one of the most popular tourist destination in the country. Another place you can visit is the Garden Route which runs for 200 kilometers and showcases South Africa’s stunning coastlines. If you’re interested in learning about South Africa’s contemporary culture, you can visit the famous Cape Town which intertwines urbanization and nature as it surrounds the city, it’s also a melting pot of different cultures making it one of the most diverse cities in the world. Within it you can also find the Table Mountain and have an hour hike at the Lion’s Head.

This intriguing country attracts both first time travelers and experienced once. If you’re looking forward on travelling to South Africa, we’ll help you get one thing off your mind. We will
guide you on buying a SIM card for your travel in this marvelous country.

The First Thing You Need To Do

The first thing you may want to do is to check if your phone is unlocked. This is a necessary step if you are a planning to switch your SIM card with a foreign one especially if your phone
tied to a specific service provider. By unlocking your phone this is allows it to be utilized with a foreign SIM card in it. You can do this by contacting your service provider or simply seeking help from small independent tech shops.

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Choosing A SIM Card

Identification is required upon the point of purchase. So, better prepare one before purchasing aSIM card to avoid any inconvenience. Aside from that, buying a SIM card in South Africa is relatively easy, affordable and data speeds will surprise you. The country has four main service providers:

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Vodacom

Vodafone owns Vodacom, is the largest service provider in South Africa. They offer two prepaid SIM cards. Regular, which is the basic SIM card and “B4IGO” which is the SIM card especially catered to tourists, both costs ZAR5. You can add these packages: For ZAR5 you can get 20MB worth of data. For ZAR8 you can get 60MB worth of data. For ZAR13 you can get 100MB worth of data. And for ZAR20 you can get 250MB worth of data.

For “B4IGO” they offer several packages which are especially good if you didn’t have your phone unlocked and decide to purchase one in the country instead. The packages are: For ZAR449 you get a smartphone, SIM card and 500MB worth of data. For ZAR649 you get a smartphone plus, SIM card and 1GB worth of data. For ZAR999 you get a smartphone mega, SIM card and 2GB worth of data. For data only packages they offer the following packages: For ZAR299 you get a SIM card and 1GB of data. For ZAR399 you get a SIM card and 2GB of data. For ZAR599 you get a SIM card and 5GB of data.

MTN

MTN comes second to Vodacom as South Africa’s largest service provider. They offer “PayAsYouGo” SIM cards. One unique thing about MTN offers hourly packages. These packages are: For ZAR1.50 you get 10MB worth of data. For ZAR5 you get 50MB worth of data. And for ZAR10 you get 100MB worth of data. If you’re interested in daily packages they offer: For ZAR4 you get 20MB worth of
data. For ZAR6 you get 35MB worth of data. For ZAR8.50 you get 50MB worth of data. And for ZAR12 you get 75MB worth of data. For ZAR15 you get 100MB worth of data. For ZAR25 you get 200MB worth of data. And for ZAR40 you get 3GB worth of data.

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They also offer weekly bundles: For ZAR10 you get 50MB worth of data. For ZAR15 you get 100MB worth of data. For ZAR35 you get 300MB worth of data. For ZAR45 you get 500MB worth of data. For ZAR65 you get 1GB worth of data. And for ZAR89 you get 1GB worth of data good for two weeks.

Cell C

Cell C is the third largest service provider in South Africa. They offer their SIM cards for ZAR1. You can this SIM card with several packages: For ZAR3 you get 20MB worth of data. For ZAR7 you get 500MB worth of data. And for ZAR13 you get 100MB worth of data. They also offer monthly bundle such as: For ZAR11 you get 30MB worth of data. For ZAR20 you get 60MB worth of data. For ZAR29 you get 100MB worth of data. For ZAR49 you get 200MB worth of data. For ZAR99 you get 500MB worth of data. For ZAR149 you get 1GB worth of data. For ZAR249 you get 2GB worth of data. For ZAR299 you get 3GB worth of data. For ZAR399 you get 5GB worth of data. For ZAR599 you get 10GB worth of data. And for ZAR999 you get 20GB worth of data.

Telkom

Telkom comes is smallest service provider in South Africa. They offer two SIM cards, “SIM-Sonke” and “More” which both costs for ZAR1. You can add these packages: For ZAR5 you can get 75MB worth of data good for an hour. For ZAR10 you can get 100MB worth of data good for a day. For ZAR39 you can get 500MB worth of data and can be availed only during weekends. And for ZAR59 you can get 1GB worth of data availed only during weekends. They offer monthly plan too, such as: For ZAR7.25 you can get 25MB worth of data. For ZAR14.50 you can get 50MB worth of data. For
ZAR29 you can get 100MB worth of data. For ZAR39 you can get 250MB worth of data. For ZAR69 you can get 500MB worth of data. For ZAR99 you can get 1GB worth of data. For ZAR139 you can get 2GB worth of data. For ZAR199 you can get 3GB worth of data.

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When it comes to coverage all service providers have equal strengths and scope and is strongest in major cities. Though there might be weak to none in rural areas.

So where do you buy one?

With the straight forward transaction and minimal requirements, purchasing a SIM card is relatively easy. This also paved the way for SIM cards to be available practically everywhere, from supermarkets, corner stores and service stations. Though we still recommend that you buy from official stores and authorized resellers to ensure the legitimacy of the SIM card plus whatever assistance you need with regard to the SIM card.

Conclusion

The first thing you need to do is to get your phone unlocked in order to accommodate other SIM cards. Another thing to remember is when purchasing a SIM card, it is important that you bring some sort of identification. The last thing is, with all the affordable and good packages, the best thing to do is to choose the best package that will suit your needs.

Written by Gear Up To Travel

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