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Cell C drops data for black

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Cell C has launched data products designed specifically for streaming or downloading on the newly launched black entertainment platform.

“The cost of data has often been cited as a barrier to entry for customers wanting to stream or download content using their mobile data,” says Cell C Chief Executive Officer, Jose Dos Santos. “The black data products will address this challenge. Customers can access data from as little as 1c/MB or R7.50 per GIG.”

black brings to consumers a full 360-entertainment experience from video-on-demand through to live TV streaming, catering for both the local market, and those that enjoy international content. It will include live streaming of five top European football club channels, and services like; gaming, sports betting and ticketing. Customers can subscribe from as little as R5 per day and use prepaid airtime, in addition to debit/credit cards and vouchers to purchase content.

“This is about bringing more relevant content to more people in our country. And content can consume quite a large amount of data, which is why we are bringing various products at exceptional prices for consumers looking to access black via a mobile connection,” says Dos Santos.

blackDATA bundles

blackDATA bundles come in varying sizes from 1GB through to 200GB depending on the content consumption needs of customers. The inclusive blackDATA can only be used to stream or download content on black via the Cell C network (excludes national roaming).

Table of bundles:

Bundle Name Inclusive Data(GB) Bundle Price (incl. VAT) In Bundle Rate Validity
1GB blackData 1 R30.00 R0.03 30 days
2GB blackData 2 R60.00 R0.03 30 days
5GB blackData 5 R150.00 R0.03 30 days
10GB blackData 10 R250.00 R0.02 90 days
20GB  blackData 20 R399.00 R0.02 90 days
30GB blackDATA 30 R599.00 R0.02 90 days
50GB  blackData 50 R799.00 R0.02 180 days
100GB blackData 100 R999.00 R0.01 180 days
200GB blackData 200 R1499.00 R0.01 180 days

The new blackDATA bundles will be available to Cell C customers on prepaid and current contract plans (Pinnacle, Connector, SmartData, LTE-A or C-Fibre Connector). Customers on contract plans that do not qualify can migrate to one of the current plans in order to utilise blackDATA bundles.

blackDATA bundles can be purchased via the Cell C App, portal (www.cellc.co.za), USSD (by dialling *147#) or any Cell C store.

Purchasing a blackDATA bundle does not include access to content on black and customers will need to register for black. Registration can be done at www.black.co.za or through the GETblack app, which is available from the Google Play and Apple App stores.

In addition to the blackDATA bundles and to ensure an excellent experience on the black platform, Cell C has also instituted a 15c/MB out of bundle (OOB) rate for any usage on black. This rate will only apply once customers have depleted black specific or general Cell C data bundles. This OOB rate applies to all Cell C customers and is exclusive for data usage on black. The rate applies to usage on both the Cell C network and while on national roaming.

black data on contract

Alongside the bundles, Cell C customers that are already using, or signing up for a Pinnacle contract (100 and up), will automatically receive additional data for use on the black platform. Existing Pinnacle customers will receive their new inclusive blackDATA from 1 December 2017 in addition to their monthly allocation of minutes, data and SMS.  New Pinnacle customers (100 and up) will get their pro-rata blackDATA allocation when they activate a new contract from 15 November.

PRODUCT Pinnacle 100 Pinnacle 150 Pinnacle 250 Pinnacle 400 Pinnacle 600 Pinnacle 1000 Pinnacle Unlimited
Subscription R 129 R 199 R 299 R 399 R 499 R 699 R 999
Minutes (min) 100 150 250 400 600 1000 Unlimited

(FUP 5000)

SMS 100 150 250 400 600 1000 Unlimited

(FUP 5000)

Current Data 100 150 250 400 1GB 2GB 10GB
New Inclusive black Data 1GB 2GB 5GB 10GB 10GB 20GB 20GB
Free W-Fi Calling Minutes 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000 1000

*Also included on Pinnacle 100 TopUp and above

“Customers can expect a few exciting promotional offers coming through the pipeline over the next few months specifically, and going forward,” says Dos Santos.

Launch promotional offers

Over and above the black data allocations on contract, and the blackDATA bundles, Cell C is launching several promotional offers available from 24 November until further notice on both prepaid and contract.

Prepaid customers on the SupaCharge, MegaBonus, Easychat and 66c prepaid tariff plans that recharge with between R50 and R99.99 will receive zero-rated data access to download or stream a movie rental or purchase for 2 days or up to 50GB, whichever comes first. Customers that recharge with R100 or more will get zero-rated data access to download or stream a movie rental or purchase for 5 days or up to 100GB. This promotion is only applicable to data usage on the Cell C network and excludes national roaming.

Contract customers that are on any of the Connector plans or the Pinnacle 100 and up Postpaid and TopUp packages will also receive zero-rated access to stream or download any movie rental or purchase within a calendar month or up to 150GB.  National roaming does not apply.

In addition, new Pinnacle 1000 and Pinnacle Unlimited customers (on 24-month contracts) will receive a free blackBOX (multimedia device) when they sign up.  This promotion is valid while stocks last.

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Data journalism takes top prize in revamped awards

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The entries to the 2018 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards were extraordinarily varied and of an excellent standard, with new categories introduced which are based on content as opposed to platforms. This year, the judges decided that two entries were equally worthy of the coveted Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award.

The first co-winning entry, in the new Data Journalism category, is a set of stories by Alastair Otter and Laura Grant of Media Hack which showed how Data Journalism is shaping the future. The second co-winning entrant is Bongani Fuzile of the Daily Dispatch for his articles in the investigative category on how migrant workers were being ripped off by pension deductions (full citations below).

Convenor of the judging panel Ryland Fisher says: “This year we modernised the 12 categories that journalists could enter their work in and the change was embraced by entrants. In a turbulent time for media, the 2018 entries once again proved that there are excellent South African journalists delivering praiseworthy work, and we commend them for finding new and innovative ways to cover the news.”

Takalani Netshitenzhe, Chief Officer for Corporate Affairs at the Vodacom Group, says: “Vodacom is proud of its 17-year association with these prestigious awards, which make an important contribution to our society through the recognition of journalistic excellence. I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners and, as always, I’d like to pay tribute to our hardworking judges. Ryland Fisher, Mathatha Tsedu, Arthur Goldstuck, Collin Nxumalo, Elna Rossouw, Patricia McCracken, Megan Rusi, Mary Papayya, Albe Grobbelaar and Obed Zilwa: thank you for making these awards a continued success.”

Veteran journalist and media stalwart Ms Amina Frense is the winner of the 2018 Vodacom Journalist of the Year Lifetime Achiever AwardShe has spent decades in mainstream media both locally and internationally. She is a former Managing Editor: News and Current Affairs at the SA Broadcasting Corporation. She has worked in many countries abroad as a producer and a foreign correspondent, has written two books and is also a founding member of SANEF where she still serves as a council member (full citation below).

The overall winners share the R100 000 main prize. National winners in the various categories are as follows, with each winner taking home R10 000:

SPORT

The entries in this category were of an exceptionally high standard. One entrant stood out and became the unanimous winner. This journalist showed an exceptional skill for story-telling and for finding unexpected angles and unknown facts. For his stories about Musangwe’s fight for recognitionAge cheating in SA football, and Hansie Cronje revisited, the winner is Ronald Masinda, and the team of Gift Kganyago, Nceba Ntlanganiso and Charles Lombard from eSAT TV.

Click here to see who won the awards for data journalism , CSI/sustainability and photography.

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Cons exploit Telegram ICO

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Kaspersky Lab researchers have uncovered dozens of highly convincing fake websites claiming to be investment sites for an initial coin offering (ICO) by the Telegram messaging service. Many of these websites appear to belong to the same group. In one case alone, tens of thousands of US dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency were stolen from victims believing they were investing in ‘Grams’, Telegram’s rumoured new currency. Telegram has not officially confirmed an ICO and has warned people about fraudulent investor sites.

In late 2017, stories started to circulate that the Telegram messaging service was launching an initial coin offering (ICO) to finance a blockchain platform based on its TON (Telegram Open Network) technology. Unverified technical documentation was posted online, but there appears to have been no confirmation from Telegram itself. The resulting confusion seems to have allowed fraudsters to capitalise on investor interest by creating fake sites and stealing vast sums of money.

Kaspersky Lab researchers have discovered dozens of such sites, possibly belonging to the same group, claiming to sell tokens for ‘Grams’ and inviting investors to pay with cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, lice litecoin, dash and Bitcoin dash. A record of transactions on one site revealed that the scammers were able to steal at least $35,000 US dollars’ worth of Ethereum from investors.

The researchers found that some of the websites were so convincing that even after Telegram and others began to issue warnings, they were still able to recruit potential investors. Most use a secure connection, require registration and generate a unique online wallet for each new victim, making it harder to track the money.

Judging by the content of the fake websites, it appears they may have common ownership. For example, several have the exactly the same ‘Our Team’ section.

“ICOs are a fairly risky investment and many people don’t yet fully understand how they work, so it is not surprising that high quality fake websites, with seemingly reassuring features such as a secure connection and registration are successful at luring people in. People wishing to invest in an ICO would do well to check with the company behind it and make sure they know exactly who they are giving their money to, or they may never see it again,” said Nadezhda Demidova, Lead Web-Content Analyst, Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab offers the following advice for users considering investing in an ICO:

  • Check for warning signs: for example, some of the fake Telegram ICO websites had the same wrong image next to the name of Telegram’s Chief Product Officer.
  • Do your homework: always check with the brand’s official site to verify the legitimacy of the investment site and, if necessary contact the company’s ICO teams before investing any money or currency.
  • Use reliable security solutions such as Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, which will warn you if you try to visit fake internet pages.

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