Phone and Internet
- It is a good idea to get a local sim card for your cell phone as it will enable you to make emergency and number enquiries for free, make other calls for local rates and receive calls for free.
- "Pay as you go" sim cards can mostly be bought on "specials" at some grocery shops and cellphone shops for R1 to R10 (at the airports the same starter packs are usually more expensive). You will have to RICA register your sim card showing your ID document. You are not able to make calls on the sim card until the registration has been processed which might take a few hours. You buy as much airtime (available at most shops) as you need and load yourself. Vodacom and MTN are two of the most common networks you can use on a pre-paid basis. You might not be able to use a South African sim card if your cell phone is locked to a specific service provider in your home country.
On some of these networks you can also use your cell phone to buy data bundles and connect to the internet on a pay as you go/pre paid basis. You can use the purchased data bundles to connect to internet using your cell phone as a modem to your laptop.