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2019-03-31 13:32

GoDaddy arrives in SA

If you have a side hustle or a full-time business and have been intimidated by getting an online presence – and we’re not talking about social media – this might be the way to do it.

US-based domain registration and web hosting company GoDaddy is now officially in South Africa, offering tools to get entrepreneurs online. From domain registration to web hosting, and creating a website from scratch in an hour, GoDaddy offers packages to suit different budgets. The company has a 24/7 call centre and online chat support, which is useful for night owls who are struggling.

You don’t require a lot of technical knowledge with its “website builder” tool, which integrates search engine optimisation, email marketing and social media.

New subscription packages for Black

Cell C’s video-on-demand service Black has done away with its confusing subscription packages and has made it easier with two simple offers – Black TV Access is priced at R69 a month and has more local content; and Black TV Premium has a mix of local and international content for R99 a month.

Local shows include series, music, documentaries, kids’ entertainment and 20 streaming channels like CNBC Africa and Al Jazeera.

On the international side, there’s a mix of TV series, documentaries, sci-fi, drama and kids’ content on 40 channels, including Fox.

Black TV Access is also available daily for R5, and weekly for R20 as a pay-as-you-use option. The movie rental service is available separately from R25. – Nafisa Akabor

Vodacom launches OneNumber with eSIM support

Vodacom has become the first network in South Africa to offer eSIM support with its new OneNumber product offering, which will allow up to eight devices to be connected to a primary number.

The embedded SIM does not require a physical card to be inserted into the connected device, such as wearables, tablets, laptops or connected cars.

Devices in South Africa that include eSIM support are the Samsung Galaxy Watch LTE, the trio of iPhones that came out last year, iPads and the Apple Watch. However, initial support will be exclusive to the Galaxy Watch LTE, which enables a user to access emails, their calendar and messages without being in close proximity to their smartphone.

The eSIM support is subject to a R25 monthly fee on contract only – this is separate to the device fee.

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August 18 2019