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    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 20th Sep 16, 1:29 PM
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    Buying a PAYG SIM for use in South Africa.
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    Buying a PAYG SIM for use in South Africa. 20th Sep 16 at 1:29 PM
    My wife, will be travelling to South Africa in a few weeks time.

    She has just got a new phone, her previous iPhone 5 contract (EE) has just come to an end.

    She intends taking the old phone for her trip, then just leave it there with her sister. Can she buy a prepaid SIM card here in the UK for use while over in South Africa or would it be better (cheaper) to buy a SIM when she arrives.

    She'll mainly be using the phone to phone her South African friends, so doesn't really need any data.

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    • sandsy
    • By sandsy 20th Sep 16, 3:43 PM
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    I bought a Vodacom sim on eBay before our trip last October. I was provided with online account details so could load it up for calls, texts and at a before arriving.

    It is cheaper to buy one there though. Vodacom and MTN are the two main carriers.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 20th Sep 16, 4:32 PM
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    The local SIM will be cheaper and more useful to be in touch with her friends without them having to make an international call.
    • Roger1
    • By Roger1 21st Sep 16, 11:19 AM
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    If she can wait until she gets to SA, she should buy a local SIM there.

    She should avoid the airport shops. Expensive. She or her sister should buy a SIM at a Pick'n'Pay supermarket or similar store. Vodacom (and other) SIMs normally cost 1 rand.

    Then, with phone and SIM, she should go to a Vodacom (or other airtime retailer) and top up with credit. Her sister may be able to advise which company to use for best coverage.
    • pmramsay
    • By pmramsay 21st Sep 16, 12:29 PM
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    Possibly correct about the airport shops being a little more expensive but I sorted my sim card out at the airport for convenience and it didnt cost much more. If you do buy from a normal store make sure you take your passport with you or they wont sell you one.
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    • By Roger1 22nd Sep 16, 10:46 AM
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    • 22nd Sep 16, 10:46 AM
    Possibly correct about the airport shops being a little more expensive but I sorted my sim card out at the airport for convenience and it didnt cost much more.
    Originally posted by pmramsay
    More than 1 rand? IME airport retailers are much more expensive.
    If you do buy from a normal store make sure you take your passport with you or they wont sell you one.
    The same applies wherever you buy. It's because of the RICA regulations. http://www.afrihost.com/site/page/rica_information

    OP's sister-in-law may be able to help by using her address.
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