Call Costs: South Africa

Airtime

Airtime is widely available in South Africa, and can be purchased at most convenience stores, petrol stations and all major national retail chains.

If you are travelling to remote parts of South Africa or national parks such as the Kruger, it is advisable to ensure you have enough airtime before you head out. Airtime is sold in various denominations with the most popular denominations being R5, R12, R29, R55, R110 and R275.

A R1000 voucher which includes 10% extra credit is also a good option for long stays.

FREE incoming calls, incoming SMSs, (national or international) & voicemail retrieval within the borders of South Africa.

Anytime Per Second

Pay only R1.20 per minute billed per second. That's a low 2 cents per second throughout the day to any network. There are no 'peak' or 'off-peak' rates and you always pay the same rate for local voice calls and SMSs to any network at any time. Plus you get FREE Night Shift; 60 minutes free calls between midnight and 5am for 7 days with every recharge of R12 or more.

Domestic Calls
Rates
Vodacom to Vodacom (Off-peak)$1.20
Vodacom to other (Peak)$1.20
Vodacom to other (Off-peak)$1.20
Vodacom to Vodacom (Peak)$1.20
Messaging
Rates
SMS (Peak)$0.50
SMS (Off-peak)$0.50
International SMS$1.74
Voicemail
Rates
Voicemail Retrieval (121)Free

Daily Free Calls

Pay for the first 3 minutes of every call and get the rest of your call free, up to 1 hour. You are guaranteed up to 57 free minutes on every call, every day, anytime to anyone in the Vodacom family. Pay a flat per minute rate of only R1.20 at any time to any network. Calls are charged per minute.

Domestic Calls
Rates
Vodacom to Vodacom (Peak)$1.20
Vodacom to Vodacom (Off-peak)$1.20
Vodacom to other (Peak)$1.20
Vodacom to other (Off-peak)$1.20
Messaging
Rates
SMS (Peak)$0.80
SMS (Off-peak)$0.35
International SMS$1.74
Voicemail
Rates
Voicemail Retrieval (121)Free

Standard Plan

When buying a Vodacom Prepaid Starter Pack, you're automatically on the Vodacom 4 Less price plan. This gives you up to 100% discount on calls throughout the day, depending on the time of day and your location. To view your discount dial *111*444#, FREE from your cellphone. Pay a standard per minute rate of R2.60 before the discount for Vodacom-to-Vodacom calls and R2.89 to other networks.

Domestic Calls
Rates
Vodacom to Vodacom (Peak)$2.60
Vodacom to Vodacom (Off-peak)$2.60
Vodacom to other (Peak)$2.89
Vodacom to other (Off-peak)$2.89
Messaging
Rates
SMS (Peak)$0.80
SMS (Off-peak)$0.35
International SMS$1.74
Voicemail
Rates
Voicemail Retrieval (121)Free

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