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Offline Damaraland

Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« on: September 22, 2021, 09:57:51 am »
Hi All,

So I'll be heading down to SA to ride the Sea to Sea enduro and then a bit of holiday in two weeks time.  Roaming data costs will bankrupt me so what is the easiest & best bang for buck way to get connected in SA.  I have a dual sim phone, so plan is just to get a SA sim for data?  Any recommendations on which provider / plan?  What sort of paperwork will I need to produce to get a SIM?

Any advice appreciated!
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2021, 11:05:11 am »
My 2c would be to get a pay as you go sim. Availible @ most retail stores. Will need id an proof or residence to "Rica" register the sim. Or your friendly pakkistani shop will have one without paperwork needed.  I'm on MTN 1gb prepaid data= R99/N$99 if you prefer.

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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2021, 12:14:48 pm »
My 2c would be to get a pay as you go sim. Availible @ most retail stores. Will need id an proof or residence to "Rica" register the sim. Or your friendly pakkistani shop will have one without paperwork needed.  I'm on MTN 1gb prepaid data= R99/N$99 if you prefer.

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Thanks Geensand - will Namibian ID suffice for the Rica?
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #3 on: September 22, 2021, 12:34:17 pm »
That i can not answer you on. Cant see any reason why not. .

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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2021, 01:34:37 pm »
That i can not answer you on. Cant see any reason why not. .

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Will need ID/Passport and a letter from the first place you are staying while in SA confirming address. After that you can just move anywhere.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2021, 01:38:16 pm »
I would just get somebody in SA get you a pre-paid card
 

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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2021, 01:52:56 pm »
My 2c would be to get a pay as you go sim. Availible @ most retail stores. Will need id an proof or residence to "Rica" register the sim. Or your friendly pakkistani shop will have one without paperwork needed.  I'm on MTN 1gb prepaid data= R99/N$99 if you prefer.

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What the man said. Go to almost any pakistani shop and buy a prepaid sim, it is already rica'd. Will cost you about 20 bucks... and no hassles with paperwork
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2021, 05:22:57 pm »
D'land,

If you want data rurally best is to get MTN, they have better coverage there.
If only evening surfing in town any network will do.

Any outlet will sell you a Sim without any ID or so, only that sim will expire after some time (I think a month or so, not sure) unless you RICA (paperwork etc) it.
Indeed pre-rica'd sims are sold at the small cellular shops often ran by foreigners, cheap as chips too.
You, an outlander (lol), will only need to show your passport (as said if at all) because you're a tourist, and that card will eventually stop working if you don't recharge it.
Oh, pre-paid data/talktime is sold everywhere, even at petrol stations!

But, pasop, now the real bit..... wtf is that Sea2Sea Enduro?
Tell us a bit more - and yes, I can Google but my hunch is you can give me the lowdown in a line or two  ;)
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2021, 10:15:57 pm »
D'land,

If you want data rurally best is to get MTN, they have better coverage there.
If only evening surfing in town any network will do.

Any outlet will sell you a Sim without any ID or so, only that sim will expire after some time (I think a month or so, not sure) unless you RICA (paperwork etc) it.
Indeed pre-rica'd sims are sold at the small cellular shops often ran by foreigners, cheap as chips too.
You, an outlander (lol), will only need to show your passport (as said if at all) because you're a tourist, and that card will eventually stop working if you don't recharge it.
Oh, pre-paid data/talktime is sold everywhere, even at petrol stations!

But, pasop, now the real bit..... wtf is that Sea2Sea Enduro?
Tell us a bit more - and yes, I can Google but my hunch is you can give me the lowdown in a line or two  ;)

Thanks for the tips!

To quote the organizers, Sea 2 Sea is "A 3-day navigational team enduro, taking riders on a round trip through the tribal lands of the Transkei of South Africa."

I guess the most important bit is that "Sea to Sea is designed for the social enduro rider" i.e. a wannabe like me :ricky:  Myself and 5 buddies (3 from NA, two from ZA) are doing it.  Just seems like a really lekker way to see a spectacular bit of South Africa whilst getting some awesome and challenging riding in.

Website is http://www.seatosea.co.za/ - it's not to be confused with its much more serious bigger brother - Sea to Ski.  Same organiser, different audience.
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2021, 08:52:41 am »
I use pre paid data to run on - If you are going to be using a lot of data, Cell C has the best options - Often substantially cheaper. Look at their longer term offerings, the 6 month validity ones are the best.
In my area they piggyback on the MTN network...
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2021, 10:41:12 am »
D'land,

If you want data rurally best is to get MTN, they have better coverage there.
If only evening surfing in town any network will do.

Any outlet will sell you a Sim without any ID or so, only that sim will expire after some time (I think a month or so, not sure) unless you RICA (paperwork etc) it.
Indeed pre-rica'd sims are sold at the small cellular shops often ran by foreigners, cheap as chips too.
You, an outlander (lol), will only need to show your passport (as said if at all) because you're a tourist, and that card will eventually stop working if you don't recharge it.
Oh, pre-paid data/talktime is sold everywhere, even at petrol stations!



But, pasop, now the real bit..... wtf is that Sea2Sea Enduro?
Tell us a bit more - and yes, I can Google but my hunch is you can give me the lowdown in a line or two  ;)

This is not true. If the SIM is not RICA'd  (legally or illegally by a Paki) it will not be provisioned and you will be directed to a IVR telling you to go RICA the SIM. I work for a network operator and was part of the project.
I would advise a friend to go buy and test the SIM for you before you arrive using his ID and proof of address. You can just give it back to him afterwards or cut it up. Sometimes the Pre Rica's SIMS do not work.

PS please send me details of all those Paki shops so I can shut them down.
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2021, 10:45:04 am »
Damaraland let us know when you are back home. Will love to do it next year.
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2021, 12:06:53 pm »
Damaraland let us know when you are back home. Will love to do it next year.

Will certainly do so!
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Re: Advice on getting SA SIM cards / internet connectivity
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2021, 12:07:46 pm »
Thanks for the advice everyone - got in touch with our guesthouse and they're kind enough to go an get a SIM card for me :thumleft:
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« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2021, 12:10:55 pm »
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PS please send me details of all those Paki shops so I can shut them down.
They are like ISIS - cells everywhere, close one down 10 more appear.  :peepwall: