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South Africa Prepaid SIM Card

You're not totally sure what exactly "apartheid" is, but you were pretty sure it's a celebration of diversity.

That was until you came to South Africa and noticed a generally negative vibe about the whole apartheid thing.

Probably should have researched a little more before the trip, but thankfully you brought your phone so you can call your high school history teacher and find out for sure.

For those times when you just need to get in touch with someone in South Africa or back home, prepaid SIM cards offer you the benefits of using your own phone at local rates. Simply replace your SIM card with a prepaid South Africa SIM card and you will be set up to make all those important phone calls and send quick messages across the world, without paying excessively high roaming costs.

What our partner Telestial says

The prepaid SIM card for South Africa with an international cell phone is the most convenient and economical solution for staying in touch while in South Africa. All incoming calls while in South Africa are FREE, regardless of where they originate. Pay the local rate for local calls and use your cellular phone in South Africa like you do at home. And unlike home, your South Africa SIM card and cell phone service is prepaid so there is no need for a contract.

The SIM Card for South Africa includes:

  • $9 (R60) starter airtime credit
  • FREE incoming calls
  • A local cell phone number in South Africa
  • Voicemail
  • SMS (text messaging)
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

Please Note: Your South Africa SIM Card will require a SIM-unlocked GSM 900 compatible international cell phone. If you do not have your own international cell phone, Telestial has several compatible models available for your review and consideration.

Global SIM Cards

Both Telestial and ekit offer a range of region specific and global SIM cards. Starting at just US$ 9 (with credit included!), these cards represent good value for travellers interested in having only one SIM card and phone number to cover multiple countries, whilst keeping roaming charges in check.

South Africa Calling Card

For those not interested in travelling with a mobile, calling cards are a great way to call home cheaply. Consider these benefits:

  • Save up to 70% on international calls
  • Make calls from over 150 countries worldwide
  • No sign-up or monthly fees
  • Toll-free access numbers
  • Pay in advance or pay later
  • And much more...

We've compared two popular calling cards to illustrate some benefits. Visit the International Calling Cards page for details. Or visit both providers directly to compare for yourself.

Quick South Africa SIM Card Facts

  • Price: USD 40
  • Country Phone Code: +27
  • Network: GSM 900

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