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1. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just been looking for a sim card for South Africa. I foudn this one on this Just wondering if any body knew any better sites to buy a sim card...if there is a British site that would be better!!!


[ Edit: Edited on May 7, 2008, at 10:56 AM by Cay ]

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi Cay,

Travellerspoint used to work with a UK provider but when they screwed us over we took it as a sign that that's also how they treat their customers and dropped them. I was just looking at their site and it appears their South Africa sim card is actually a global sim card, so not really a local South African one. That's becoming more and more common and we include this on Travellerspoint's own South Africa sim card/calling card page as well. Actually it looks like what they are offering is sourced from ekit which is also one of our providers.

Telestial is a reputable company. They've been one of our partners for years and I've never heard of any issues. Plus they will actually sell you an actual South African sim card which is going to be the cheapest option if you are staying there for any real length of time (if it's for shorter periods or travelling a lot to other countries then one of the global ones can be a good option).

Then there's the option of renting a sim card. I found one UK company that does this but it seems expensive for anything longer than a week!

Last but not least, you could wait till you get there to buy your sim card. The downside is you won't know your phone number before you leave home, which can be a really nice benefit!

3. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Just bought a Sim4travel sim card.

4. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

That's a global one isn't it where you receive calls for free in 50 or so countries? Let us know how it works out! These cards are becoming more and more common to travel with so always looking for feedback :)

5. Posted by CityWalker (Budding Member 14 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Congrats on the sim card. In case you have trouble with it. I rented a couple cell phones from a vendor at the Arrivals terminal in the Cape Town, SA airport for about a dollar a 1 day with free incoming calls and text messages. That was in 2002 so I'm sure it must be cheaper now.

6. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As soon as i am back i will post a reply with what i think of the sim4travel sim card. Only 8 days left!

7. Posted by travelmoha (Budding Member 3 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

hey I to purchased one as I planned to stay in Africa for a 6 months trip on business.


[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

8. Posted by Gringa85 (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I just got back from South Africa a couple of days ago and Vodacom is by far your best bet. You'll be able to pick on up easily at the arrivals terminal at CPT. There is also an MTN shop at arrivals if you're keen on going for that network but Vodacom is definitely the most widely used by locals.