VODACOM Great Things We Did in 2019

19 Vodacom Group Limited GREAT THINGS WE DID IN 2019 ConnectU – access to free unlimited applications Vodacom is the first telecom to provide a suite of free unlimited access to internet essentials at no cost through ConnectU. The ConnectU portal aggregates all Vodacom’s free resources and most beneficial services, making these easier to access and use every day. This portal is a necessity particularly for communities that are less privileged, with lower disposable income and cannot afford daily internet access. Vodacom recognises the importance of an inclusive society, and that some internet essentials can enable economic participation. Consequently, ConnectU gives free access to five key categories, namely: education, jobs, health and wellness, safety and security, social and essential internet services. Vodacom customers can access ConnectU without any charges at www.connectu.vodacom.co.za . Internet for all Driving digital inclusion with affordable smartphones Vodacom has always explored strategies to drive digital inclusion through affordable smartphones. In 2019, Vodacom introduced a new method of financing smartphones. Prepaid customers now have an opportunity to purchase a 4G smartphone with an option to pay it over a period of 12 months with zero interest. This option is for prepaid customers that cannot afford high value smartphones and are unwilling to commit to a standard cellphone contract. To further close the digital divide, Vodacom introduced one of the cheapest 4G smartphones, Vibe, which costs as little as R299. This device has been designed to meet the needs of customers that desire to be connected to the world in an affordable manner.