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How to enable LTE on your Vodacom iPhone 5

Published by on Jan 29th, 2013, 24 Comments

While the iPhone 5 was not a massive upgrade from the previous 4S model, the addition of high speed LTE networking is something a lot of people have been looking for. But it arrived on SA’s shores without LTE enabled for any of our networks.

Problem is that Apple approves networks before they enable LTE on their iPhones – and if the networks dont have Apple’s approval, the phone simply would not connect to the LTE networks, even if they are available. While some might argue that it is typical from Apple to try and control these things, maybe Apple would want more tight control over anything affecting reception after the Antennagate issues of the iPhone 4.

Luckily Vodacom now has LTE enabled for contract iPhone 5 devices – MTN and Cell C has no such support right now, despite carrying the iPhone 5.

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BWB TV Review: Apple iPhone 5

Published by on Jan 9th, 2013, 1 Comment

This week we posted our review of living with the iPhone 5, and asked the question of whether it is worth upgrading to. While the design is an evolutionary update as is the norm with iPhones, we still believe it is a great phone.

The iPhone is always a difficult phone to review, because by the time it reaches South Africa, interested people have already read everything they need to know about the phone. This time around South Africa got the iPhone quite late in comparison to previous years, and we were all too pleased when an iPhone 5 finally got delivered to us on launch day by Vodacom. First off, we did not want to rush a quick review of the device. We basically wanted to know one thing – is it still the gold standard in the smartphone world? And that meant spending a few weeks with it.

See below for our video review: (more…)

Living with the iPhone 5 – Should you Upgrade?

Published by on Jan 7th, 2013, 28 Comments

The iPhone is always a difficult phone to review, because by the time it reaches South Africa, interested people have already read everything they need to know about the phone. This time around South Africa got the iPhone quite late compared to previous years, and we were all too pleased when an iPhone 5 finally got delivered to us on launch day by Vodacom. First off, we did not want to rush a quick review of the device. We basically wanted to know one thing – is it still the gold standard in the smartphone world? And that meant spending a few weeks with it. (more…)

Vodacom iPhone 5 Pricing – We Break It Down

Published by on Dec 7th, 2012, 2 Comments

Vodacom seems to be the first South African network willing to give their pricing for the iPhone 5, which will launch on 14 December.

On the pre-registration page Vodacom shows the additional cost of an iPhone 5 16GB Black above the specific contract normal subscription cost, which is not really easy to analyze. So we went ahead and threw it all into one spreadsheet.

Here is the iPhone 5 16GB cost, broken down into total cost per month:

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Local iPhone 5 Release Date Revealed (Update)

Published by on Dec 3rd, 2012, 5 Comments

Normally iPhone launch dates in SA get announced by the networks that carry the phone, but this time round someone spotted the launch date on Apple.com’s website:

We have been eagerly awaiting Apple’s latest phone, but it looks like manufacturing difficulties have made it very difficult for the phone to reach South Africa. With shipping times in 1st world countries reaching more than a week in most cases, dont expect massive stock to reach SA. Our advice – start calling you closest Vodacom and MTN stores to get on pre-order lists…

Update: A Vodacom spokesperson has confirmed to us that the launch date is 14 December, and pricing will be revealed closer to launch.

Importing the iPhone 5 – The SA Experience

Published by on Oct 5th, 2012, 21 Comments

After receiving 2 iPhone 5′s with the model A1429, one black and one white with objective to sell one to offset the costs of buying a phone out of contract.

I brought them in via pre order in the UK and then got a friend to Fedex them to me (mistake as this was pretty expensive, with shipping and duties.+-R2500 extra).

So if you’re planning on going this route for the iPhone 6, get a friend to fly down with them hidden in his suitcase.

So, on to choosing which one to use, I opted to use the white one based on the following reasons.

  • After reading numerous posts and playing with a friends black version  it is prone to chipping and scuffing.
  • The white one seemed a little naff, but hey I am a metro sexual I can handle it!
  • All my previous iPhones garnished the white finish and I felt comfortable moving into this realm.
  • The white one was a 32gig and the black one was a 16gig (’nuff said)

Technology has Destroyed Us

Published by on Sep 18th, 2012, No Comments

I’ve read countless post announcement commentary about how dull the iPhone 5 is and how it’s Apple’s fall from grace.

I’m personally guilty of this as well, I find devices exceptionally dull if they don’t come out with a whole bunch of “whiz bang” features. An example of this is the iPhone 5, I am debating not getting one because it “only” comes with an 8 megapixel camera (the same as the iPhone 4S) and is only slightly larger in terms of screen (compared to the Samsung and HTC phones coming out these days).

It’s the dumbest thought I’ve had in years. The other day, I went for a run with my phone; tracking the distance and speed with an app, listened to music and took a photo all at the same time. Five years ago this would have been considered science fiction. Who cares if it’s the newest version, a two year old device can do some amazing things.

It brings me to the following video where Jimmy Kimmel sends an iPhone 4S out onto the street and tells people that they are playing with a new iPhone 5. Hilarity ensues:

Moral of the story, it’s just a phone.

iPhone 5: What to Expect

Published by on Sep 12th, 2012, 9 Comments

Every year we see some leaked images for the upcoming iPhone – and this year is no different. While there was no phone lost in a bar this year, the leaks from component manufacturers means we have a pretty good idea of what to expect already. In fact, so many components have been leaked that some intrepid folks have already built an iPhone 5 from the combined leaked parts. While it does not boot up all the way, it shows that the leaks might very well be the very thing that we see later tonight.

So what can we expect to see later today? (more…)

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