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Afrihost launches mobile voice service



Afrihost has announced a range of prepaid packages that comprise both data and voice with the option to purchase additional SMS bundles.

Data service provider Afrihost has launched a prepaid package comprising both mobile data and voice packages at an affordable rate. Following a successful beta launch in November 2015, Afrihost’s Mobile with Voice products are now available to the general public.

The monthly package, comprising 50 minutes of talk time and 1GB of data, will cost R99 per. The first 1 000 subscribers will receive an additional 10GB at no cost in a launch promotion.

Prepaid clients will receive rates of  79c per minute on calls and 10c per MB on out-of-bundle data.

The new offering will provide several new features, such as Auto-Limit, which allows clients to control their out of bundle spend on airtime. Clients wanting to sign up for Mobile With Voice will have the following three options:

1. Port an existing contract or prepaid number to MTN prepaid

2. Sign up with an existing MTN prepaid number

3. Order a new Afrihost SIM (with new number) that is mobile ready. All Mobile With Voice products can be collected from Afrihost or delivered directly to clients (standard delivery terms and conditions will apply).

Afrihost’s launch products will feature voice minutes and mobile data with an option to purchase additional SMS bundles at affordable rates. All products and purchases can be managed directly via Afrihost’s ClientZone or on iOS and Android devices via the Afrihost App (including Topups, Package Changes, Call History and Data Usage).

Afrihost’s Prepaid Airtime will be available from R25 upwards and Prepaid Data will start from R49 for 500MB. Clients who opt for Afrihost Plus+ will be able to double their Mobile Data allocation (not airtime) and enjoy the other benefits of Plus+, such as Simfy All Access, 2 for 1 Topups, and 500MB free Data, for an additional R99pm.

The following products will be available at launch:

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and

This winter Gadget and are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.



Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entries via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Happy Emoji Day! Here’s 10 reasons to be cheerful

First created by Shigetaka Kurita in 1999, the emoji has become a huge part of everyday communication. Whether you love them or hate them, flying dollar bills, applauding hands and rolling eyes are here to stay.



Scientist suggest that the use of emojis will help us gain the same satisfaction from digital interactions as we enjoy from personal contact.

Almost two decades later, and we have over 2600 unique emojis to perfectly express what we feel, thank you Mr Kurita! Join HMD, the home of Nokia phones as we celebrate World Emoji Day on the 17th of July with these interesting emoji facts:

The most popular emoji used is “Person Shrugging”

1.       The Nokia 3310 was chosen as one of the first 3 “National” emojis for Finland… it represents unbreakable!

2.       South Africa’s favourite emoji is the “Kiss and wink”… how sweet SA!

3.       French is the only language where a ‘smiley’ does not top the list for its use

4.       On average, over 60 billion emojis are sent on Facebook every day

5.       For the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was a pictograph! The “Face with Tears of Joy” was crowned word of the year in 2015

6.       According to Emojipedia, some of the most requested emoji’s include afro, a bagel and hands making a heart

7.       To include all races, a diversity pack was released in 2017

8.       It has become so trendy that the Museum of Modern Art displays the original emoji collection on canvas

9.       In 2009, Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was completely translated into emoji’s


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