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Phones and Internet in South Africa


Do you need a land line or a mobile phone? How to obtain an Internet connection? Find out in this article.

On your arrival in South Africa, you will probably want to communicate with your friends and family abroad. Thanks to the country's developed and modern telecommunications network, you can quite easily subscribe for a land line, mobile phone, or even obtain an Internet connection. Take the time to compare the packages and prices offered by each service provider before choosing the one which best suits your needs.

Land line

The South African land line network provides coverage over 99.9% of the country. Telkom and Neotel are the main service providers.

For more information regarding packages and facilities offered, please refer to your preferred service provider's website (find useful links below). Note that both Telkom and Neotel offer personalized services and attractive packages.

Online subscription is possible in the case of both service providers. Your request will then be assessed by a technician in terms of infrastructure, required material and coverage, etc. The agency will then contact you for an appointment regarding the installation of your land line.

Mobile phones

The mobile telephony market is continuously developing in South Africa. Indeed, 90% of the country enjoys mobile network coverage. The market is shared by several service providers, namely Cell C, Vodacom, MTN South Africa, Virgin Mobile and 8ta which is a subsidiary of Telkom.

To subscribe for a mobile line, you simply have to drop by any agency with the following documents:

  • a copy of your latest bank statement
  • a certified copy of your identity card
  • proof of residence
  • proof of revenue (payslip).

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Note that phone calls made to other users on the same network are cheaper than calls made to other networks.

You can choose between a prepaid or post paid mobile connection. However, 8ta only provides prepaid subscriptions.

You can also buy a temporary sim which will allow you to use an anonymous number. These are available in supermarkets. Note that the temporary sim does not involve signing a contract or providing any identification documents.


As a continuously developing country, South Africa enjoys a high Internet coverage with the required infrastructure in most major cities. Moreover, different types of subscriptions are provided by land line and mobile service providers. Feel free to check these offers on their respective websites. Indeed, some land line and mobile providers offer full packages including Internet.

On the other hand, you can also get connected in public places such as restaurants, hotels, offices and even shopping malls.

Comparing rates

In general, services and packages offered vary from one service provider to another. You are therefore advised to check out and compared rates displayed on each service provider's website.

 Useful links:

Cell C
MTN South Africa
Virgin Mobile

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