Over the next few weeks for the 2010 World Cup it’s been estimated that as many as 25,000 football fans from the England & 10’s of thousands from around the world will be going off to South Africa.
The Rebel Simcard Team have made a guide How Not to not get mobbed by Roaming Charges while travelling and created some special Deals on some clever products that can help you Beat the Networks at thier own Game game with a little bit of Know how.
If you’re one of those preparing to make to make the trip, a few preparations before you go will ensure that your main memory of the tournament isn’t an unexpected mobile phone bill that you will be receiving up on returning.
It’s been estimated that fans travelling to the World Cup could spend hundreds of pounds calling, texting and uploading pictures from their mobiles.
Very important and mostly over looked is the Fact the travellers forget to turn of their Voice mail in the sim they are roaming with and can end up with £100’s of charges simply but not answering their phones. When you are roaming and you dont answer then the call is sent to your voice mail system and full roaming charges apply as if you were making a call so beware.
You see these charges for the UK mobile network in the List at the end of the page. You will see that its not cheap at all and they are planning to make huge profits from you.
Although international roaming call charges in the EU have fallen, roaming charges in countries like South Africa averaging £1/minute for making and receiving calls make a big hole in your pockets in no time at all.
If you want to upload pictures and videos from the match to the internet, then it may be cheaper to use a computer at an internet café or at your hotel rather than use your phone as the prices for MMS is not cheap at all and averaged around £0.75 each to send if your roaming and is much cheaper with a local simcard for South Africa
Most international hotels have wireless connections either in guest rooms, business centres or some restaurants, and internet cafes can also be found throughout the country but if you want to take your own wireless unlocked dongle or Mifi router you will have much more flexibility.
If you are going to use the web while away then avoid using public terminals – such as internet cafes – for online banking. Also, remember that wireless connections usually not using Latest firmwares in thier wireless routers with WEP2 standards and use the older crackable ones so your data is not safe and can be viewed by others.
Useful bits of Kit and Services you can use to Save and how to use them.
You can use a local South Africa network simcard in 100’s of locked mobiles without Loss of Warranty
This is the best way to use another network simcard in a locked mobile mobile with out using cables and software or codes.
If you live in such a location and you are leaving the country in a hurry then look for our code unlocking services where we can supply the unlock code for your phone after you supply us with the IMEI and model number of you phone and we can email you back with the code normally within 24 to 48 Hours.
If you have a Laptop then these kinds of Dongles are great to avoid Roaming charges by using a local simcard from south Africa supporting connection speeds of 3.2 Mbs.
If you have more than device on which you want to use WIFI or are travelling in a group you can share a wireless internet connection with is personal and portable Router with download speeds of up to 7.2Mbps supported.
By using the Local Simcard from South Africa Calls/SMS/MMS are much cheaper to make and you can make international calls back home cheaper than the network simcard you are roaming with as well use in the wireless dongles with GPRS and 3G Data services.
Also you can give the number to family and friends to call you from the UK or south Africa and later on i show you how your friends and family can contact your on your South africa Number in a Cost Effective way.
GSM tri-band (900/1800/1900MHz)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g SIP / VOIP / SkyPE SMS, MMS, WAP, E-mail
Make Wifi Skype Calls while away from home and Save. You can use with any gsm network simcard like a South Africa Local Sim and also with any VoIP service provider using WIFI
• 1x Pirelli Discus DualPhone DP L10
• 1x User manual
• 1x Li-Ion Battery
• 1x travel charger with mini-USB plug & Desk Top Stand as in pictures.
• 1x Headset with earphone/microphone
• 1x mini-USB cable
• 1x CD with PC utility
User Manual Can be downloaded here
This is a interesting service as it offers so much in 1 account and all the family can save also.
If you take with you for example the Pirelli phone then this has WIFI & Sip and using the service from a VoIP phone provider you can configure this phone to allow you to make and receive calls at very Cheap prices with great quality from Wifi connections anywhere in the world.
Call UK Landlines from under £0.02 p/m and mobile for £0.15 p/m Though VoIP & SIP
Also due the unified system and the one account with Voipfone you can use the Call Back function to save on calls back home and also automate this via the Rebel sim Callback Dialler below using a local south Africa simcard when you don’t have a VoIP connection available.
Also so your family and friends can call you for a good price and with the same Voipfone account check the service page here to call South Africa at great rates of around £0.20 to South Africa Mobiles using via Call through for home phones and mobiles in UK.
This allows you to automate out going calls over gsm networks through the Call Back system automatically so you can direct Dial the international number you want to call and sit back while the rebel sim handles the DTMF and number inputting for you. The prices you pay are much less than using the local South Africa simcard and around Call UK landlines from under £0.25 & mobiles for £0.40 per minute via Call Back System. User Manual Download.
Some Special Deals for World Cup Traveller
I think you will its scandalous to See How much the UK Networks want to charge you.
Use Full information about South Africa and Dialling codes.
To call South Africa from the UK, dial 00 27 followed by the area code
Area codes include Rustenburg (14), Cape Town (21), Port Elizabeth (41), Bloemfontein (51) Johannesburg (11), Cape Town (21) and Durban (31)
To call the UK from South Africa, dial 00 44 followed by the code