Thu, 07 Feb 2019
MTN recently launched their new MTN Sky & MyChoice+ packages to compete against similar packages from competing networks Vodacom, Cell C, and Telkom. Although these packages play within the “unlimited” contract space there is a daily threshold for the number of minutes and sms’s per day. Data is however not “unlimited”.
MTN Sky Packages
Let’s have a look at the new MTN Sky Packages and what they have to offer in terms of inclusive minutes:
• Sky Lite – 3GB data per month / 120 minutes per day / 400 SMS’s per day
• Sky Medium – 15GB data per month / 150 minutes per day / 400 SMS’s per day
• Sky Max – 25GB data per month / 250 minutes per day / 400 SMS’s per day
MTN MyChoice+ Packages
With the three new variants of its regular MTN MyChoice+ packages MTN decided to throw in more voice minutes, more SMS’s and less data at a cheaper price than the existing MyChoice+ Packages.
Let’s have a look at the new MyChoice+ Packages and what they have to offer in terms of inclusive minutes:
• My MTNChoice+ Talk S – 200 minutes per month / 200 SMS’s per month / 500MB data per month
• My MTNChoice+ Talk M – 500 minutes per month / 500 SMS’s per month / 1GB data per month
• My MTNChoice+ Talk L – 800 minutes per month / 800 SMS’s per month / 2GB data per month
Tue, 08 May 2018
- What is it? The next version of Android
- When is it out? Probably August 2018
- How much will it cost? It will be a free update
It’s astonishing how every android version’s name progresses in alphabetical order, so the next version should start with a ‘P’ hence the current version is Android 8.0 aka Oreo. It should be an interesting guess as first words that come to mind are; Popcorn, Peppermint, Peanuts, Popsicle, Puff Pastry, Pumpkin Pie, Pan Cake, Pudding, Pavlova considering the Operating Systems are something sweet and eatable.
Here is where this all started…
- Android 1.0 ~ No code name
- Android 1.5 ~ Cupcake
- Android 1.6 ~ Donut
- Android 2.0 ~ Eclair
- Android 2.2 ~ Froyo
- Android 2.3 ~ Gingerbread
- Android 3.0 ~ Honeycomb
- Android 4.0 ~ Ice Cream Sandwich
- Android 4.1 ~ Jelly Bean
- Android 4.4 ~ Kit-Kat
- Android 5.0 ~ Lollipop
- Android 6.0 ~ Marshmallow
- Android 7.0 ~ Nougat
- Android 8.0 ~ Oreo
- Android 9.0 ~ ??
Stay tuned… 🙂
Thu, 15 Mar 2018
After a harsh-edged, box-like design of Sony’s recent smartphones, the Sony Xperia XZ 2 brings a welcome reprieve on the design front. There’s no denying that the XZ 2 is an absolute stunner!
The Aluminium uni-body design, complete with a slightly curved rear and softly rounded edges and corners. It fits comfortably in your palm, and it wont make an enemy of your jean pockets either.
The camera improvements with a 19 megapixels that can shoot in 4K HDR as well as slow-mo made at up to 960 frames per second. Meanwhile the front camera lets you take 3D selfies
Sony Xperia XZ 2 Specifications
- Front/Back glass (Gorilla glass 5) and Aluminium frame
- IP65/IP68 Certified dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
- 5.7 Inch size, 83.8 cm2
- 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 Ratio
- Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
- Internal memory 64GB 4/6GB RAM Expandable microSD up to 400GB
- Primary camera is 19MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/2.3″)
- Secondary camera is 5MP (f/2.2, 1/5″), gyro EIS, 1080p
- Non-removable 3180 mAh battery
- Fingerprint (rear mounted),
- Color spectrum
- Face/smile detection
Tue, 20 Feb 2018
Huawei keeps on keeping on and we love it… The latest mid-range handset released currently is the thin, lightweight stylish with a large screen of 18:9 LCD display, Huawei P Smart has a decent processor and dual rear camera, plus the latest version of Android along with Huawei’s new EMUI feature.
The Huawei P Smart Full-view display features a striking 5.65 Inch on a 2.5D glass screen that reflects a vivid, true-to-life colours and the device fits easily into the palm of your hand, it also come with a Rear-Finger print 4.0 resolution that may acknowledge prints inside of 0.3 seconds. Also provided is Huawei’s synthetic intelligence (AI) era, One-touch split screen, phone clone, Huawei share and Dual Bluetooth connections.
Dual Bluetooth Connection: This feature helps connect to your cars audio system and also be able to receive calls on your Bluetooth handset all at the same time
One-Touch split screen lets you run 2 Apps side-by-side at a touch of a button meaning when you get a important message or email while streaming TV or a movie on your Huawei P Smart you don’t need to pause the FUN on Landscape mode (some applications do not support this feature)
The Huawei P Smart has the exquisite EMUI 8.0 which is engineered to enable a highly responsive, intuitive user experience with 32GB memory expandable with MicroSD up to 256GB all that packed into a 5.65 Inch 18:9 LCD display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 (FHD+)
EMUI adds quite a few useful features where you can enable gestures such as double touch to turn the screen on or off, double press the volume down to launch the camera App, also you can wave or just hold up your palm to automatically take a photo.
Huawei P Smart is NOW available on the MTN network for an affordable R249 per month on a 24 months contract with the MTN Made For Me S package| 50 Anytime minutes + 50 SMSs + 350MB Data
Come over to the bright side for more great deals with MTN.
Wed, 27 Dec 2017
The world is in a race to deploy the next generation of wireless technology, known as “fifth generation” or “5G”, which promises ultra-high mobile internet speeds and greater capacity
3GPP= The 3rd Generation Partnership Project, is a collaboration between groups of telecommunications associations, known as the organizational partners. whose purpose is to define the industry standards for technologies that would succeed the 4G LTE standard.
Earlier this year 3GPP officially announced that 5G would become the official name for the next generation of mobile connectivity technologies that would fix the flaws of its predecessor today’s 4G technologies like LTE and LTE – Advance.
5G are still being bedded down internationally Comsol CEO Mr Lain Stevenson believes the time is right to launch a network in South Africa. A new mobile generation has opened approximately every 9 years since the first 1G system in 1982.
SLT (Sri Lanka Telecom), along with Huawei Technologies, successfully carried out South Asia’s first comprehensive field trial of Pre-5G LTE Advanced Pro technology, laying the groundwork for the next generation of broadband technologies. They used a technology called Advanced Carrier Aggregation Technology where multiple LTE carriers can be used in tandem, thus increasing the overall data throughput. Using this technology, SLT successfully reached a downlink speed of 855.9 Mbit/s in TD-LTE 2500 MHz band. They also achieved a latency of 5.5 milliseconds, thus beating the record of 15 milliseconds latency, which is the current latency for existing LTE Advanced networks.
Most definitions of 5G assume that it will provide some combination of (1) high speed, (2) low latency, (3) the ability to use high frequencies well above 6 GHz, and (4) the ability to support huge numbers of users (some of which will be machines rather than human users) and applications. Some applications require high bandwidth and low latency; many machine-to-machine applications, by contrast, require only modest bandwidth, but imply the need to support huge numbers of devices.
The next wave of mobile network innovation is provoking great excitement in the industry. And indeed, there is substantial potential for improvement. However, the exact form of the technology and the appropriate policy support are still far from clear. And we should beware of over-ambitious promises about the impact and uptake of new network technologies.
The technical means of implementing this wide range of capabilities is still very much a work in progress… All we can do now is wait and see once released, all we need is faster connectivity and less data usage..
Mobile network provider MTN will slash data rates down to 29 cents per megabyte on its lowest tariff.
MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa said on Thursday the 30th of November 2017 that the network would be cutting data costs to 29c for its “Accidental users” who typically use less than 5MB per month, and those who use more can now expect to pay 60c out-of-bundle.
“We have been investing heavily in our network infrastructure, because customers are the basis of our network,” Motsa said.
During the same announcement Jacqui O’Sullivan, head of corporate affairs executive at MTN SA, said that, from Friday the 1st of December 2017, customers would be able to purchase 1GB data bundles through the network’s cellphone app for R49 which will be valid for a week.
Motsa added that MTN wants to drop data rates even further, but can only do this with more spectrum allocation.
“We would like to see out-of-bundle data drop even further for our customers and every time we have the opportunity to engage with government we ask for more spectrum to be released, because we understand the positive impact that more spectrum allocation has on the SA GDP,” Motsa said.
During his mini budget, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research had completed a study on spectrum availability and open access on behalf of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services. The delay in allocating telecommunications spectrum constrains growth across the economy.
Lack of radio frequency limits the ability of businesses to deploy new technologies, and contributes to the high cost of broadband.
In comparison, and according to independent research, SA fares reasonably well compared to other African countries, which pay a higher price per gigabyte.
Come over to the bright side as MTN is getting in touch with the human emotion and giving its consumers exactly what they needed!
Thu, 30 Nov 2017
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone was launched in August 2017. The phone comes with a 6.30-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440 pixels by 2960 pixels with their new innovative Infinity Display.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is also compatible with Samsung DeX which allows the for desktop connectivity while simultaneously charging your phone.
The large Samsung Galaxy Note 8 comes equipped with a S Pen giving you that natural drawing and writing experience on the large screen. Use it for texting, drawing, using Samsung Notes and a lot more applications for creatives and business ventures.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by 1.7GHz octa-core Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 packs a 12-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs Android 7.1.1 and is powered by a 3300mAh non removable battery. It measures 162.50 x 74.80 x 8.60 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 195.00 grams. So far no exploding batteries which is a great recovery from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall from 2016
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, Headphones, 3G and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer.
So if you are looking for the biggest badboy smartphone on the market, you might want to consider the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 the official flagship smartphone from Samsung.