MTN today announced the launch of e-SIM technology for postpaid customers. Currently, only iPhones and certain smartwatches support e-SIMs in South Africa. Vodacom launched the technology in March.
The e-Sim technology is now available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm. These watches are only available to MTN customers purchasing a 2-4-1 deal with the Samsung Galaxy Note10 or Note10+ on the newly upgraded MTN Made For Me or Sky Price plans.
While certain models of Apple Watches can support e-SIMs, none of those are sold in South Africa. Imported Apple Watch LTE devices that are not networked locked can have their e-SIMs linked to local mobile operators.
MTN announced that new and existing postpaid customers who sign-up or upgrade on MTN Made for Me or MTN Sky Price plans will also receive the following benefits:
- Free R400 off any qualifying Samsung original accessories.
- Free 30GB YouTube Data (20 YouTube data + 10GB Anytime data) on MTN Made For Me XS, Free 40GB YouTube Data (20 YouTube data + 20GB Anytime data) on MTN Made For Me S, M, L or XL price plans and Free 50GB YouTube Data (20 YouTube data + 30GB Anytime data) MTN Sky or MTN Sky VIP once-off valid for 30 days.
- 1GB Music Streaming bundle valid for 30 days and will recur every month for 12 months of the contract term. The bundle will give customers data access to Deezer and Simfy Africa.
- Free Samsung Galaxy Buds valued at R2999.
The promotion ends on 31 October 2019.
New Acer TravelMate convertible coming
The Acer TravelMate Spin B3, which features a flip-over screen and an 11.6″ screen, will launch in April.
Acer has announced a convertible TravelMate Spin B3 device, intended for the education market. The 11.6-inch notebook comes with enhanced performance and has a sturdy design to protect it from knocks.
The TravelMate Spin B3 features the latest Intel Pentium and Celeron processors, intended to give students the power they need for classroom work. The laptop also complies with the MIL-STD 810G military standard, meaning that it’s strong enough to survive bumps and accidental spills. A pressure-resistant top cover, shock-absorbent rubber bumper and reinforced corners all add to the durability of the device. The notebook can also get students through the school day (up to 12 hours of battery life) on a single charge.
The TravelMate Spin B3 adapts to the demands of a school day via four usage modes: students can write essays in clamshell mode, watch videos or lectures in display mode, make space on a desk in tent mode when they need to work by hand, and make use of tablet mode when they need to write by hand in maths or art class, for example. An optional world-facing camera above the keyboard allows students to capture photos and videos in tablet mode. It includes Wacom AES technology to provide a natural writing experience, and comes with a dockable stylus.
There is an optional battery indicator light on the front cover which enables teachers to see which students’ laptops are low on battery. The devices have anchored keys that are difficult to remove and an easy-fix keyboard, making it convenient for the school’s IT technician to repair.
The laptop comes with: Ethernet, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port and on select models, a fully-functional USB Type-C port that allows for charging, 5GB/s data transfer and connection to external displays.
The TravelMate Spin B3 will be available in April, starting at R4000.
Samsung to release Galaxy Note10 Lite in SA
The Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, unveiled at CES 2020 two weeks ago, will be released in South Africa next month.
Samsung has unveiled the new Galaxy Note10 Lite at a preview event in Johannesburg. Building on the legacy of the Galaxy Note series, this Lite model brings key premium features like the latest camera technology, signature S Pen, immersive display and a long-lasting battery, at a more accessible price point. The Galaxy Note Lite is positioned between the Galaxy A Series and Samsung’s flagship devices. It will be launched in South Africa in February, with a recommended retail price of R12,999.
What’s different from the Note10?
The Note10 Lite drops support for wireless charging, waterproofing, and a curved screen. Other than that, it’s a very capable device at a far lower price
“The Galaxy Note devices have met consumer demands around the world and has proven to be popular in South Africa,” said Justin Hume, director of integrated mobility at Samsung South Africa. “These devices represent our continuous effort to deliver industry leading innovations, from performance and power to intelligence and services. The Galaxy Note10 Lite will make the experience more accessible to South Africans.”
To read the full breakdown of device specifications, click here.