Cell phone

Oct 7th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Cell phone

I am going to be mixing business and pleasure in Cape Town. I will be attending a conference and visiting schools and agencies in and around Cape Town. I know you can rect cell phones at the airport. Has anyone done this? Any recommendations?
trixie_pujol is offline  
Oct 7th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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If you have a SIM card-ready tri-band phone, it's easier and cheaper just to buy an SA pay-as-you-go SIM card pack and put it in your phone. You can buy one at any mall -- the V&A waterfront has a number of mobile phone outlets. This is what I do when I'm in Cape Town.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 03:38 PM
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Hi Trixie,

I agree with Jasher that a tri-band phone with a "pay as you go" sim card certainly would be the best way to go. My only problem with this is that I have seen about 50% of my visitors from the USA arrive in SA and their phone does not work over here. This is probably because they were not using tri-band phones. If this is the situation in your case then you certanly can hire a cellphone + card and number from a cellphone hire company at the Cape Town airport. You might also find that your car hire company could hire a phone to you too.

For more information about renting a cell phone or a "Pay as U go card"
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Enjoy your Cape Town stay.

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Oct 7th, 2006, 09:33 PM
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Thanks so much for the info. I will look into it all.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 07:54 AM
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You also need to be sure your phone is unlocked. Meaning it will take a SIM from some other carrier. In the US, companies like Cingular sell locked phones.

You can google unlock codes for most popular phones.
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Oct 9th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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In case you have TMobile in the US, they will give you the unlock code after 90 days of service.
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