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The local dialling code for Johannesburg landline numbers is 011. From outside the country it is +27 11. Numbers starting with 086 can only be dialled locally. For directory information, dial 1023 from a landline. There are four major cell phone networks and each offers pay-as-you-go as well as contract call and data options. The network providers have stores in all major shopping centres, and airtime can be purchased at supermarkets and garage stores.

Cell phone networks: Vodacom MTN Cell C 8.ta Telkom
IT Website My Broadband offers price comparisons on call and data packages. Check the site regularly because costs change frequently.

RICA It’s not the name of a woman but the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act. All cell phone SIM cards must be registered. The law is aimed at assisting law enforcement agencies to identify the users of cell phone numbers. To purchase and register a South African SIM card you will need to show your passport at the store.

Internet Access An increasing number of cafes and restaurants offer free wireless along with hotels and other accommodation establishments. Look for the {WIFI} icon in our listings. Speeds are decent but can vary by provider. There are ongoing attempts to speed up access and connection speeds and you’ll notice the patchwork evidence on sidewalks of fibre-optic cables being laid. Pay-as-you-go data packages can be bought in conjunction with your local SIM card and allow you to surf the internet on your smart phone.

Vodacom Rentaphone International Arrivals Hall, O.R. Tambo International Airport, tel. +27 11 394 8834
Rent SIM cards, phones, GPS devices, routers, USB modems and satellite phones. Advanced bookings can be made. Open 06:00–22:00

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