Vodacom’s Summer Deals and new smartphones

Vodacom has detailed its new Summer Deals and the new devices it has on offer in November 2016.

“As part of the summer promotion, Vodacom will be giving away free holidays, electronic and digital prizes, airtime, data, and voice minutes – as well as loads of mystery prizes,” said Vodacom.

“Not stopping there, Vodacom will also create three instant millionaires – guaranteed.”

The Summer Deals and new devices available on Vodacom are detailed below.

Vodacom Summer Deals

Device Deal Free Gift Additional Data
Huawei P9 R499pm uChoose Flexi 150 R2,000 Woolworths Card 10GB Data Once Off
Huawei P9 Lite R279pm uChoose Flexi 150 Selfie Stick 5GB Data Once Off
Sony Xperia XZ R579pm Smart S Walkman Waterproof Headset 10GB Data Once Off
Sony Xperia X Compact R449pm uChoose Flexi 200 Water bottle with Bluetooth Speaker 10GB Data Once Off
Sony Xperia XA R299pm uChoose Flexi 200 Portable Bluetooth Speaker 5GB Data Once Off
LG V20 R549pm uChoose Flexi 150 LG 360 Cam 5GB Data Once Off
LG G5SE R429pm uChoose Flexi 150 B&O Headset 10GB Data Once Off
LG Stylus 2 R199pm uChoose Flexi 110 Smart Cover 5GB Data Once Off
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge R699pm Smart S Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 10GB Data Once Off
Samsung Galaxy S7 R599pm Smart S Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 10GB Data Once Off
Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 R399pm uChoose Flexi 150 Smart VR 10GB Data Once Off
Vodacom Smart Ultra 7 R199pm uChoose Flexi 110 Skull Candy Uproar Headset 10GB Data Once Off
Vodacom Smart Turbo 7 R99pm uChoose Flexi 110 Skull Candy Uproar Headset 5GB Data Once Off
Vodacom Smart Prime 7 R149pm uChoose Flexi 110 Skull Candy Uproar Headset 5GB Data Once Off

New devices

LG V20 4G

  • uChoose Flexi 150 for R549pm with 5GB once off
  • R12,539 cash price
  • Bundled with LG 360 Cam worth R3,199

Sony XA Ultra 4G

  • uChoose Flexi 200 for R399pm with 10GB of data once off
  • R7,479 cash price

Samsung Grand Prime Plus

  • uChoose Flexi 150 for R179pm

Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi Cellular 32GB

  • 6GB Data Plan for R449pm x 36 months
  • R10,599 cash price

Apple iPad Mini 4 WiFi Cellular 32GB

  • 6GB Data Plan for R449pm x 36 months
  • R11,269 cash price



It is said that Samsung Galaxy 8 will feature a “slick design” and an “improved camera”

According to the VP of Mobile Communications at Samsung, Lee Kyeong-tae, the upcoming Galaxy S8 will be kind of a game changer for the company. He has mentioned that the phone will feature a “slick design” and an “improved camera”. This was to be expected given the disastrous performance of the Galaxy Note 7, with overheating and explosions leading to its recall.

Keeping this in mind, words coming out of Kyeong-tae holds significance since he is largely believed to be the heir-apparent to the company chairman’s role. Samsung is currently struggling to keep its brand image stable following the Galaxy Note 7 controversy. Launching an attractive flagship might be the right course of action to distract us from the Note flagship.

Rumors have so far predicted that the handset would be packing a VR (Daydream) friendly 4K display on board. Other rumors have talked about a beefier 23MP camera on board, although we haven’t been able to corroborate them as of yet. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 and the S7 edge have impressed millions of customers worldwide, so if we hold them as a metric to judge the successors, the fans will surely not be disappointed.

(Source: BGR)


A woman is taking legal action against Vodacom and ABSA

A woman is taking legal action to force Vodacom and ABSA to release information related to an incident where R2 million was stolen from her account.

The Rapport newspaper reported that the businesswoman argues she needs this information to establish who is responsible for the banking fraud.

The money was transferred from her ABSA account to a Capitec account, following an illegal SIM swap.

The Vodacom SIM swap happened despite requesting that no SIM swap be done without her physical presence.

According to the woman, ABSA and Vodacom refuse to release information about the incident, which includes IP addresses used to conduct the illegal transactions on her account.

In October, the Rapport newspaper reported that the Hawks were investigating a syndicate which had gained access to ABSA clients’ online banking details and were stealing millions from their accounts.

According to the report, numerous ABSA clients’ bank accounts were emptied by criminals who gained access to their account details.

Last week, Rapport reported that a “massive crime syndicate” had infiltrated Vodacom and was performing SIM-swap and Internet banking fraud.

Vodacom confirmed that an investigation into an alleged SIM-swap syndicate was underway.



Huawei Mate 9 has arrived. What we know so far


Huawei is gearing up to release the Mate 9 today, so there’s enough buzz and hype about the device already. However, a few leaks and rumors have given us a very good idea of what to expect from the device. So what exactly do we know so far? Let’s have a look.

On the display front, it has been rumored that the “Pro” version of the handset will be similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge with dual-curved edges. This could make it stand apart in the market compared to rival Chinese offerings. This handset is also expected to be packing a 5.9-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) display, making it compatible with Google’s Daydream VR platform. The standard variant of the Mate 9 will supposedly come with a 5.9-inch Full HD (1920×1080) display.

The rear cameras will apparently be something worth noting as well. It is said that the handset will come with dual rear cameras much like the P9, with Leica branding on board. However, it is said that the company will use 20MP and 12MP sensors on the back this time with optical image stabilization.

In the processing department, the handset is expected to be packing the HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor, which is the company’s best silicon right now.

Further, the phone is expected to be available in 4/6GB of RAM, along with 64, 128 and 256GB storage variants. With fast charging expected to be included, the company could be using a slightly bigger battery compared to the Mate 8 (4,000mAh). Android 7.0 Nougat should be running the show by default, with the company’s Emotion UI 5.0 on top.

(Source: BGR)

BlackBerry DTEK50 is now available in South Africa. Check the prices, details

The BlackBerry DTEK50 has launched in South Africa and is available through MTN for R6,899, or from R299 per month on contract.

Vodacom will also carry the device from this month. The network’s pricing is yet to be announced.

New contract deals for Vodacom subscribers are expected to be launched on 7 November.

Cell C and Telkom have not yet confirmed whether they will offer the DTEK50.

BlackBerry said the DTEK50 will only be sold through its carrier partners initially, but it is looking at opening it up to more sales channels.

On MTN, the DTEK50 will be priced as follows:

Cash price: R6,899
My MTNChoice 50: R299 per month
MTN AnyTime TopUp 100: R299 per month
My MTNChoice Flexi R200: R349 per month


Get insurance against your child saying dumb things on Facebook

Insurance companies have started offering protection against losses you could suffer from social media posts, a product called social media liability cover.

The Sunday Times reported that the cover was launched in South Africa.

Social media law expert Emma Sadleir has warned that the insurance is not a cure for potential defamation suits one could face over social media posts, though.

According to the report, the insurance policy won’t cover racial, cultural, or religious slurs.

Sadleir said there is “so much craziness that’s going on with social media” that people have started turning to the law for help.

She said that taking out the insurance with the hope of protecting yourself if your child made defamatory comments on social media was not the way to go.

“Raise your children better,” she said, but added that litigation is expensive.

“The damages relating to defamation are relatively low in South Africa, but where the costs come in are the legal fees.”

The full report is available in the Sunday Times of 30 October 2016.