Prepaid local SIM cards for South Africa

Make incredible savings on calls, texts and data whilst in South Africa by using a local South African SIM.

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£50.00
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes £10 and 2GB Data Best all-rounder
Call Credit: £10
Data Credit: 2 GB
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
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£40.00
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes £20.00 Credit Best for heavy use
Call Credit: £20
Data Credit: n/a
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
Data: 15p per MB
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£40.00
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes 2GB Data Best for iPad
Call Credit: n/a
Data Credit: 2 GB
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
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£35.00
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes £10.00 Credit & 500MB Data Best for medium use
Call Credit: £10
Data Credit: 500 MB
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
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£30.00
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes £5.00 Credit & Blackberry Services (BIS) Best for Blackberry
Call Credit: £5
Data Credit: See details *
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
Data: See details *
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£24.99
Vodacom South Africa / African Sim Card - Includes £5.00 Credit Starter pack
Call Credit: £5
Data Credit: n/a
Mobile: 10p/m
Texts: 4p
Data: 15p per MB
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£13.99
Vodacom South Africa 150 Rand Top Up Vodacom 150 Rand top up
Call Credit: n/a
Data Credit: n/a
Mobile: n/a
Texts: n/a
Data: n/a
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£13.99
Vodacom South Africa 500MB Top Up Vodacom 500MB data top up
Call Credit: n/a
Data Credit: n/a
Mobile: n/a
Texts: n/a
Data: n/a
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South African Sim Card Information

How Does It Work

Select the sim card you would like for your trip, optionally adding on any required credits.
We will then post the sim to you anywhere in the world
You will receive your South Africa mobile number, which you will be able to give out to your friends, family and colleagues before you head off.
Ritesim will be able to activate your sim card for you so that it is ready to use upon arrival saving you the hassle, or you could choose to find a shop after you arrive in South Africa.
When on the plane simply place the sim into your unlocked phone, and when you step off you are ready to go!

Network Coverage

Network coverage in South Africa is excellent throughout the country, but 3G internet will only be available in larger towns.

Will these sim cards work with my mobile phone? a) Phone Unlocking

Your phone must be sim free or unlocked for it to be compatible with these sim cards.
If you are on a contract you can call your network provider and ask them to unlock your phone. They will give you a code to be able to do this, and it should be free although some operators do charge a small fee.
Alternatively, you will be able find a small mobile phone accessory shop to assist you in most major high streets or shopping centres. This only takes five minutes and will cost around

Will these sim cards work with my mobile phone? b) Telephone Frequency

Each country's networks use one of four mobile frequencies. These frequencies are 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz.
The mobile network frequencies used in South Africa are 900 and 1800 MHz, and these are the frequencies also used in all of mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.
Most smartphones will work on three of the frequencies (this is called tri-band) and so should cover South Africa, however if you are unsure then the www.gsmarena.com website will be able to help you to ensure that your phone works on the required frequency. Just click on your brand of phone on the left hand side to get started.

Dialling codes

The dialling code for South Africa is +27. This means that for someone at home trying to reach you when you are in South Africa, they need to add +27 before your mobile number.
If you need further help, then this website will lay it out clearly for you http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/dialing.html

How much data will I need?

Data usages vary greatly from person to person, however it may help to know that the average usage in Europe is around 500 MB per month
The charges for data roaming on your own contract sim card or with a global sim card (multi-country) can be extremely high so we would suggest that you take great care looking into the potential costs of your data usage abroad.
Please use our Data Calculator to see how much data you would need, and just how much you could save by using a local prepaid sim card.

Local SIM cards for South Africa for Holidaymakers & Business Travellers

There are so many reasons to go to South Africa - the most difficult decision is how long to stay!

The country’s diversity ranges from seeing hippos in the Limpopo River to penguins waddling on the Cape. There are so many different kinds of terrain, including the Kalahari desert, the iconic Table Mountain and Kruger National Park. Away from the sweeping majesty of the landscape there are also cities to explore, from Cape Town to Durban.

Group or solo travelling, honeymooning, business... whichever the reason you find yourself heading to South Africa, make sure you prepare for your trip by buying a local prepaid Pay As You Go SIM card for South Africa. Not only will you benefit from a South African number, local support through the network provider (Vodacom South Africa), you will also be charged local rates for calls, texts and data, plus the added benefit of free incoming calls.

Your local Vodacom SIM card will be pre activated so you can get started straight away when you arrive in South Africa. Ritesim offers options for Nano and Micro local SIM cards with different amounts of credit already preloaded.

Please check individual products for specific information about delivery and activation, which is done before your arrival in South Africa.