Vodacomís latest innovation bridges the digital divide
Vodacom's WebBox is a revolutionary device that is set to change the lives of many South Africans. This product provides affordable and easy Internet access using the customer's existing television set.
"I'm thrilled about our latest innovation because it's going to change the face of Internet connectivity in South Africa. It is estimated that just over 10% of the South African population has access to the Internet; this device will ensure that Internet access is available to many more South Africans who previously had limited or no access," said Romeo Kumalo, Commercial Director at Vodacom South Africa.
The WebBox is a Vodafone innovation developed specifically for customers in emerging markets, where technology and cost barriers exclude many from enjoying affordable and easy Internet access. It is a sleek, unique keyboard that comes with a SIM card and an inbuilt modem which provides a simple user interface, enabling users to navigate easily between the services which include Internet browsing, SMS and email messaging. Other services include FM radio and an online photo album as well as games and video and music players.
"The value that this product will add to schools, homes and small businesses is potentially dramatic. The wealth of knowledge that is available on the Internet can now be accessed by millions of South Africans which will add greater value to the South African economy," says Kumalo.
Vodacom's WebBox is elegant and conveniently portable. It also has the Opera Mini browser which compresses data by up to 90% providing much faster and more affordable Internet browsing.
The WebBox will be available at all participating Vodashops and selected Vodacom outlets from 15 February 2011 and will be priced at R749.00 including VAT. The offer includes a 2GIG SD Card, a Prepaid SIM card and 100MB of data valid for the 3 months. It will also be available on a 24 month contract soon. For more information call 08219326 or 0821YEBO.
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Vodacom notice - Phishing
Vodacom has recently been made aware of some customers receiving fraudulent emails claiming to be from Vodacom and asking for updated contact information. The mails may even look authentic and contain the Vodacom logo and corporate colours.
Note: Vodacom won't ever ask for personal information over email.
These are scams commonly known as 'phishing' and all Vodacom customers should take note of the following before responding to an email from a site asking for personal information.
- Check that the email address and the sender name match.
- Hover over (but do not click) any links to check if the address matches the link that was typed in the message.
- Make sure that the email address or phone number listed in the email is the same as the one that should be on that company's records.
- Does the message start with a generic greeting, like "Dear customer." Most legitimate companies will include the recipient's name in their messages
If you suspect a phishing mail, contact our customer care by dialing 111 from your Vodacom handset. Alternatively, send us an email by completing the Scams & Hoax form.