Hello. I will be arriving at Johannesburg Tambo Airport (JNB) in a few weeks, and planning ahead at which local data/voice carrier to use. I have a USA-based iPhone 5 on Verizon, which according to the Apple store, does have a GSM chip for use outside of the USA. All it needs is a South African SIM card.
I want to pick up a SIM card at the JNB airport. I see Vodacom and MTN are two big providers in South Africa, and I wonder which people suggest, Vodacom vs MTN? I am looking for reliable 3G data coverage. We will be in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth, Addo, and towns on the Garden Route including Storms River, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, and Hermanus. Also a couple days in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe, but I am assuming no coverage will be available there, which is fine.
Also, I want my iPhone 5 to be a mobile hotspot for other devices, such as a laptop computer and tablet. My USA Verizon Wireless iPhone does let me activate a mobile hotspot, and I wonder if Vodacom or MTN sim cards are compatible with the mobile hotspot feature on the iPhone 5?Edited: 14 August 2014, 22:48