Vodacom exploring options for Congo business

Vodacom International Limited, which holds 51% of Vodacom Congo SPRL has agreed with Congolese Wireless Network SPRL (CWN), the holder of the other 49% of Vodacom Congo SPRL, to appoint NM Rothschild & Sons (South Africa) (Pty) Limited to explore options for the Vodacom Congo SPRL business, it was...

28 Dec 2010

Cell One launches in Namibia

The much-anticipated launch of Namibia's second mobile operator, Cell One, took place on Friday, 16 March 2007, with the opening of several shops in Windhoek. Cell One, which was granted a licence by the Namibian Communications Commission early last year, will be competing with cellphone operator...

19 Mar 2007

Identifying those missed callers

Cell C prepaid, postpaid and control chat subscribers are now able to access details of callers who did not leave voicemail messages while their phones were switched off, thanks to a recently introduced missed call notification feature. While the service requires a voicemail to be set up and calling...

22 Feb 2007

Launch of Virgin’s multicommunications group

Towards the end of last week, Richard Brandson launched Virgin Media, the new UK company formed from the merger of Virgin Mobile and cable TV group NTL:Telewest, writes Business Report. The new “multicommunications” group will “bundle television, on-demand video, broadband and fixed-line and...

12 Feb 2007

Online, cellphone gambling nearing legality

Business Day reports that online and cellphone gaming may finally become legal "if a draft amendment bill adopted by the cabinet last week is finally passed into law". For more, click here.

12 Dec 2006

Welcoming tones for everyone

Previously available to customers with Vodafone live! cellphones only, Vodacom's Welcome Tones are now available to all its customers (prepaid, contract and top up), irrespective of a specific make or model of cellphone. A Welcome Tone replaces the standard "ring-ring" tone that a caller hears...

4 Dec 2006

Motorola to improve Russian mobile operator network

MOSCOW, RUSSIA: Mobile Telesystems, one of the largest mobile operators in Russia and CIS, has awarded an equipment upgrade and services contract to Motorola to improve the quality, capacity and performance of its Moscow macro region network, MTS' largest geographic region. This contract will allow...

27 Nov 2006

Potential Vodacom strategic stake in iBurst

iBurst confirmed yesterday, Monday, 13 November 2006, that Vodacom is in the process of finalising the acquisition of 10% of the wireless broadband provider. The potential strategic partnership has several positive ramifications for iBurst and its subscribers, including access to additional...

14 Nov 2006

No porting fees from Cell C

Cell C announced on Tuesday, 7 October 2006, that it will not be charging porting fees to customers wishing to move to its network when mobile number portability (MNP) is implemented on Friday, 10 November. As part of MNP, all network operators are required to pay an administration fee to the Number...

8 Nov 2006

Speedier mobile access to Gmail

In recognition of the role mobile phones play as a "key driver for balancing online and offline worlds", Google recently released a freely downloadable Java application which delivers Gmail users the look and feel of Gmail through a fast, feature-rich interface that's optimised for mobile devices....

3 Nov 2006

Personalised bulk SMS package released

Pattern Matched Technologies (PMT) recently announced the commercial availability of stand-alone application myTXT. "Like most bulk SMS products, myTXT enables users to easily send text messages over the GSM network to multiple recipients," says Andre du Toit, MD of PMT. "What differentiates myTXT...

30 Oct 2006

Cell C cuts weekend subscriber rates

In order to keep Cell C top-of-mind before the introduction of Mobile Number Portability (MNP) on 10 November 2006, the service provider announced last week that it has slashed its weekend prices by over 50% on all Cell C to Cell C calls. Postpaid and controlchat subscribers automatically qualify...

27 Oct 2006

The price of an sms...
The price of an sms...

click to enlargeSince 24 October 2006, South African Internet users have been able to send unlimited free SMS messages from their PCs to mobile phones across all local cellular networks, courtesy of www.yosms.co.za. The catch? Each free SMS sent is backed by advertising sponsorship that engages...

25 Oct 2006

iBurst's 100 base station milestone

Wireless broadband provider iBurst last week commissioned its 100th base station, in Boksburg, after its nationwide roll-out plan began in November 2004 with the commissioning of a base station in Sandton. iBurst plans to roll-out base stations at an average rate of two per week until it has covered...

24 Oct 2006

Mobile TV plans from MTN SA

According to Business Report, MTN South Africa will soon be offering cellular television commercially through existing partners. This follows successful pilot trials during the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany. For more, click here....

26 Sep 2006

GSM>3G Africa to showcase prime vendors

Informa Telecoms and Media recently announced that over 150 of the world's leading mobile communications technology vendors will take part in its annual GSM>3G Africa conference and exhibition, 19 - 20 October 2006, Cape Town International Convention Centre. An updated showroom design will allow...

1 Aug 2006

Mobile, smart and trendy

In order to promote the new Samsung D820, seven successive full colour mobile phone adverts have been designed by Infectiousagent Communications, specialists in viral and mobile communication, using the Mxit community platform. Because of Mxit's youth orientation, the communication style is based on...

3 Apr 2006

Combining German engineering with Taiwanese style

BenQ-Siemens Mobile, the result of the merger of Taiwan's BenQ Mobile and German electronics giant Siemens in November 2006, launched its new range of cell phones in South Africa on 23 March 2006. "BenQ Mobile brings together the Siemens reputation for German engineering, quality and experience,...

28 Mar 2006

It pays to stay on the phone with Cell C

Cell C 's new easychat prepaid promotion rewards prepaid customers with a free SMS worth 80c for every two minutes of call time, during both peak and off-peak times. Subscribers are notified by SMS of the number of SMS accumulated during the call. While there is a curb of five SMSes per call, there...

21 Mar 2006

Nigeria too pricey for Vodacom

Vodacom is committed to entering the Nigerian market and has been pursuing the acquisition of a controlling interest in V-Mobile, one of the four cellular operators in Nigeria. The asking price is considered too high, however, and the acquisition will only be pursued should the opportunity arise to...

20 Feb 2006

Mobile entertainment from Vodacom

Vodacom launched the first mobile tv entertainment service on Vodafone live! 3G cellphones in December and from 16 January, Vodacom customers in SA can watch two new TV channels, Sky NEWS and HBO, as well as the hit TV series '24' in the form of mobisodes - mobile shortened versions of the full...

18 Jan 2006

Blackberry just got easier

Vodacom has launched its latest device options to access the BlackBerry communication solution: the Sony Ericsson P910i, the Motorola MPx220 and Siemens SK65. Through Research In Motion's (RIM) licensing programme, Vodacom customers can choose BlackBerry from a greater device choice. Vodacom...

22 Sep 2005

SMS on the increase in the USA

Research studies conducted in the USA have revealed that 20% of all cell phone subscribers (approx. 28 million people) either sent or received a text message during the fourth quarter of 2002, up from 12% during the fourth quarter of 2001. Young adults are the first targets of SMS advertisers as...

23 Oct 2003

Interactive SMS Game 'Big Brand Showdown'

A new interactive SMS game is soon to be launched in SA with companies invited to trade exchange prizes to registered players in exchange for valuable market research. With over 14 million cell phone users in SA the developers of the game estimate hundreds of thousands players to register. There's...

29 May 2003

Send SMS messages from Outlook

Microsoft has formed a partnership with General Wireless to enable the sending of SMS messages from within Outlook. Future plans include the option to receive SMS reminders from calendar appointments and high priority e-mails.

13 May 2003

Over 100 000 users of FNB inContact

First National Bank says it now has over 100 000 users for its free e-mail and SMS service, inContact, which was launched a year ago. These customers receive notification of 1,5m transactions taking place each month. Some 95% prefer to receive their transaction notifications by SMS rather than...

20 Feb 2003

MTN launches desktop SMS

MTN division, Airborn, has launched www.smspop.com, a small desktop application that allows users to send and receive SMS messages directly on any PC with an Internet connection. Airborn is best known for creating the largest website in SA before closing down it's free service, www.mtnsms.com....

26 Sep 2002

iTouch introduces MyWay2Pay

iTouch has introduced virtual airtime vouchers for Vodacom subscribers. With MyWay2Pay instant airtime can be bought via credit card with a simple SMS from your phone. Payment via debit card is in the pipeline, as well as possibly being available for other networks by the end of the year.

4 Aug 2002

Mobile networks may soon be marketing services over technology

Sam Michel, chief of e at Airborn Wired & Wireless, has predicted that there will be a fundamental shift in the mobile networks from a technology focus to a consumer and technology synthesis. "How well this synthesis is achieved," he says, "will determine the winners and losers in the field. What...

31 Jul 2002

DMA drafts SMS Code of Practise

The first draft of the Direct Marketing Association's SMS Code has been approved by the core SMS committee. The draft has been widely consulted and incorporates input from the 30-person comment group, input from the 8-person core-working group and input from all three Network Providers. Before...

15 Jul 2002

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