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    December 19, 2011

    Want an iPhone 4S? Who Gives the Best Contract Deal in SA?

    The iPhone 4S has finally been launched in SA this past weekend – but the networks kept their cards close to their chest in terms of deals. Pricing was only officially announced on Thursday, and not through very public channels. Pricing is definitely better than expected, but it is clear that networks are trying to limit the choices of contracts you can receive a free phone with.

    For example, last year you could get a free iPhone 4 with a Vodacom Top Up 275 contract, with 100meg of data at R379. This year, Top Up customers are not as lucky – I was quoted R3000+ pay in on the Top 315 contract. So if you want a iPhone 4S, you are pretty much forced to go for the more business orientated contracts. Luckily the pricing is not too bad, if you take the entire bundle into account. Here is Vodacom and MTN’s deals, with the iPhone 4S 16 GB deals. (Click to enlarge):

    Overall the Vodacom iPhone contracts look like the better deal, especially considering that the iPhone is a device that needs a lot of data to be used effectively. If you want a 4S with a larger storage capacity, the pricing goes up quite a bit. You can of course also buy the phone cash:

    iPhone 4S 16GB: R7699

    iPhone 4S 32GB: R8999

    iPhone 4S 64GB: R10299



    Related: If you want to be able download Apps, Music, Movies, TV Series etc from the US iTunes store, even if you live in SA, here is how to do it.

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    • Joe

      “Top Up 275 contract, with 100meg of data at R315″  – I got the same package for R379 odd. How did you get that deal?

      • Apologies Joe – you are right. Fixed. Was a great deal for people who wanted a bit more control over their spending. Was ticked off that they did not increase the data bundle size as with most other contracts. But oh well.

    • Muneeb

      Does it make sense to go for the when the iphone 4 is decent – without Siri and the better camera. Do you have any prices for the Iphone 4?

      • Sorry, I could not find the pricing of the iPhone 4 8GB. If you are already on a iPhone 4, I would not jump for an upgrade yet.

    • Libby Heeger

      It appears the Vodacom has pulled a sneaky since Thursday as they are now only offering 250MB of data compared to the 500MB as per your article.

      • The iPhone 120, 240 and 500 contracts get 500MB pm as per Vodacom’s press release. If they are giving less they will be breaking the CPA. Only the iPhone Everyday Off Peak file gets 250MB pm.

        • Anonymous

          except on autopage, where they give LESS data than advertised by Voda/MTN.

        • Wesleydeolim

          vodacom website still shows it as 500mb, so here is to hoping. Surely they cant just change it like that?

        • jason zaymes

          Hi Minaar, 
          Do you possibly have a link to this pres release?

          • Hi Jason – the data in the above table was taken directly from the Vodacom press release.

    • Guest

      What is the cash price of the Iphone 4 8Gb……anyone know??

    • Ral

      I heard the iphone 4 was being discontinued in SA – is this true?

      • No – the new 8GB lower priced model will still be sold.

        • Iango69

          Well new to South Africa perhaps.

          • No, new worldwide. The 8GB iPhone 4 is being made available as a lower priced version of the iPhone.

        • Ral

          do you know what contracts it’s available on, and for how much?

    • Mike

      Get an android phone. Cheaper and better.

      • Jaap

        Horses for courses. Now imagine if there was a reason why iPhone is the number 1 selling smartphone worldwide.

        • Anonymous

          it’s not…but keep being a fanboy

        • Dude

          but it isn’t anymore………

      • Guest


    • Seanos

      Well… I was going to get the Iphone4S, however the salesman @ Vodacom convinced me otherwise so i ended up with the Samsung Galaxy 2 (android). He told me that numorous of people complained that a lot of the iphone apps are still not supported by the SA Networks… i.e. whilst I was at the shop, a customer came in & said he spent R944-00 on his credit card & downloaded 44 apps off apple istore & only 6 are supported by the SA Networks… That sucks!!! Sorry dude!!

      • What do you mean apps which are “not supported” on SA networks?

      • Jon

        if you crack your phone you dont pay anything! I had an iphone for 2 years never paid for 1 app on it ever!!

        • Braam

          I wonder how the guys and girls spending hours, days and months building these free apps get paid. I imagine they have to pay for their cars, houses, food and everything else I have to pay every month.

      • Jaap

        That is nonsense. Almost all of it.

      • Mr iPhone

        Good luck fighting the infestation of viruses on the Droid market. I love my iPhone, and would never even consider looking at an android phone. You will maybe get one OS update for your phone and then they will move on to newer models, now THAT sucks!

        • Dude

          uhm….. apple got loads of viruses too…….

          • Bob

            Umm really?? 

            • Mike

              ya rly!

            • Ed

              Nonsense. That is the point of the Apple Developer certification and application screening process. Where with Andriod it is a free for all. 

      • Michael Schum

        I was pitched the same ignorant nonsense when I bought my first
        iPhone. I was advised that customers are constantly complaining about certain applications
        not working etc. and that I should opt for a different brand of smartphone.
        Well, I’ve downloaded and installed over 200 apps from both US and SA App
        Stores and haven’t once encountered any issues with compatibility. And
        according to one MTN salesperson, whom I shall leave unnamed, the iPhone isn’t
        a very good phone as it tends to freeze and one cannot reset the phone by
        removing the battery as one would usually do with any other phone – what?? I’ve
        never encountered the “constant freezing”, let alone the need to remove the
        battery. Bottom line is, I’ve found very few Vodacom and MTN sales people who’s
        sufficiently educated in the products they’re selling and who can actually give
        their customers well informed and professional advice, as opposed to speculative

        • Tekkienh

          You should note that Samsung and Sony ericcson reward salespeople for selling their products, There fore, they would promote them..I know of salespeople who dont even know about Siri..

        • TheMonk

          Absolutely. These guys need to be reported in terms of the consumer protection act. They know nothing about the phone but want to advise you about it. I have never been an apple fan, but boy do their products work. Every person I know that has an Android phone has been it by a virus at one time or the other. Android is great, if the hardware guys can get their act together.

    • Izgp

      Where can you buy the phone cash because vodacom, MTN and applE said that they only offer the phone on contract?

      • Telliasw

        Bought mine cash from Vodaworld.

      • Vrademan

        Bought mine cash form CaCell – Sandton

    • Gary Sabkes

      Wait until after Xmas ….

    • Michael

      The Iphone uses a LOT of data !!!

      I have the Iphone 4 and its a wonderfull piece of equipment that is a full GPS (Tom Tom) Ipod and much more but it does eat internet data and the 250meg MTN gives is not nearly enough. especially when you activate Icloud, email and location setings

      • Iango69

        For what does it use all this data?  More than the same on another make?

    • Chris

      For all those asking about the iPhone4 – as far as I know, from a mate who spoke to a few reps last week, you can no longer buy the iPhone 4 through any of the service providers, since the release of the 4S.

    • Veroxious

      I am in the fortunate position that I get to play with almost every new phone out there without buying it. At R499 on Anytimr R200 it is certainly not worth it. I would rather go for the Galaxy2 @ R288 pm on the same contract. Besides, one of the main component suppliers for iphones is Samsung

      • jpk

        Paying R999 a month to have an iphone would still be better than using an android for free

      • Rlong1952

        I am in Korea where the Galaxy LTE 4G is selling like hot cakes. I have had a good look at one and used it and in my humble opinion it feels like a cheap tupperware from the Chinese store. I have an iPhone 4 and HTC Desire HD and they are infinitely better in quality than the Samsung.

        Go HTC

    • As the Android platform will be the universal standard in 36 months from now I recommend an android device be adopted as soon as possible. I know the learning curve is a bit steeper but nothing wrong with stretching the grey matter a bit. My galaxy Note absolutely blows everything else outta the water in all areas. The internet is a pleasure on my Note and 50 Gig of memory holds tons of Media.

      • Vaughan Lund

        Good luck to you on that one. Was one of the first idiots who went with Android. Never again!!! Rather would put up with pigeon…

      • jpk

        galaxy note! haha, i’d be embarraced to hold that huge thing next to my head, looks like you escaped from the 90’s

      • Iango69

        iPhone seems to suit anyone who wants a consistent interface.  I’ve used a few Android phones and each one had it’s own interface, plus there was no guarantee any particular manufacturer would release an OS update for the specific model I was using.

        • Thato

          Nice thing about Android is that it’s fully customizable, the same can’t be said about the iPhone nor the iPad. I’m an ex iPhone 3G owner who crossed over to HTC DHD. Then I made the mistake of purchasing the iPad 2. How do you justify equipping iPhone 4S with WiFi hotspot capabilities but not the iPad 2. No Siri on the iPad 2 either, I know the topic is about the iPhone but Apple’s underhandedness can be seen in all their products.

          • TheMonk

            Hee, hee, hee. I was like you once. Was crazy about customisation. I’ll bet you don’t really need the customisation. Actually, all the “customisation” you really need can be obtained from the app’s that you can get at the itunes shop or Android shop. I was never an Apple fan, until I swapped for the IPhone. I now also have an IPad. I do most thins that I used to do on my PC on the iPad and iPhone. Forget about the customisation and think about what you need to do. Just find an app to do it for you. Suddenly, you will find that customisationdoes not matter.

          • Iango69

            These days I consider numerous customisation options a downside.  I’ve come to prefer something that is good out of the box.

    • Mike

      In all fairness to the Apple fanbois, now is probably the best time to buy an iPhone. Without Steve at the helm, creating his reality distortion field, I predict Apple products will go down in quality and popularity pretty quickly.
      And nothing of value will be lost.

      • Do you think he designed the phone himself?

        • Facebook

          I think he had a greater input in the look & feel of the products than most other people in his position would have. 
          He also built up quite a personality cult around himself. 

    • I notice that you say not to jump for the upgrade yet if you are already on the iPhone 4. Is this only around the Siri issues or any other particular reasons?

      • Siri and better camera is not a major reason to jump for iPhone 4S if you have the 4 already. But maybe you have a big reason for the much improved camera?

    • artur pereira

      damn you ‘android’ fanboys. You always come in and tune kak about the iPhone. What if I said they both suck utter balls!

    • Deon

      In Silicon Valley for a few weeks, yesterday went Xmas shopping…. iPhone 4S $79 – enough said!  And they (Apple) are VERY worried about Android.  I have both platforms and Android beats the crap out of Apple – SERIOUSLY!  The nice thing is…. WiFi is totally free here… so you are in constant contact with your mail, apps etc. and the Android stuff never freezes btw…   Eishhhhh, having to come home to paid data contracts again…  SOOOOO last century 🙂

      • Iango69

        Apple controls the pricing.  As well in the US you have to read the fine print.  That displayed price almost certainly requires taking out a contract (assuming it’s even a 4S).  And everyone I know in the US that wants to use data on their phone takes out a data contract.

        In regard to platform vs platform some people have switched from Android to iPhone.

      • Mmmmm

        Switch the cellular data off and use WiFi on my iphone,works like a dream. What are you talking about sooo last century!!

    • Rlong1952

      I am in Korea where the Galaxy LTE 4G is selling like hot cakes. I have
      had a good look at one and used it and in my humble opinion it feels
      like a cheap tupperware from the Chinese store. I have an iPhone 4 and
      HTC Desire HD and they are infinitely better in quality than the

      Go HTC

    • Ric Coco

      I have both a andriod phone and iOS tablet and they both have there strengths and weaknesses. And forget about those salesmen they don’t own the products they sell, do your homework, just wish they told me beforehand I will need a US iTunes account for all the cool apps, couldn’t even get Angrybirds in the SA istore. and Andriod check out MIUI custom roms made my phone 10 times better.

    • AndroidFTW

      Intelligent people use Android…for the rest there is iPhone

    • Tony

      Hi, could someone please refer me to where I could purchase the iPhone 4S at the cash prices seen above. I have called many stores and have not been able to find the cash price as seen above. thanks in advance.

    • Kerryleigh

      On a 315 top up you can get the Iphone 4’s 16gig for either R 2750 pay in or add it to your account at an extra R124 per month (finance option) as per the store in Melrose Arch vodacom and they have stock as per yesterday 1pm.

    • NDevil

      Press release is here: http://www.vodacom.com/news_article.php?articleID=1142&pid=press_releases – however spent hours with Dionwired at Tygervalley today who knows nothing about this. They are only offering 100mb on Talk 240 which now is not even available anymore .. This sucks Vodacom!

    • emilydecker

       You can find itune shop of android shop?
      view at http://www.bestdealsmobile.co.uk/