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South Africa GSM 900

by MTN

If you plan on visiting South Africa any time soon, don’t take off without a prepaid SIM card. The South Africa SIM card provides a simple, convenient, and affordable way for any traveler to make and receive those all-important calls while abroad.

The prepaid SIM card for South Africa is a practical option for using your existing world phone as a prepaid South Africa cell phone while you’re in the country at a better rate than you’d pay for a South Africa cell phone rental. It’s also a trouble-free ticket to using the same options that the South Africans themselves use—the local South African cell phone system. The SIM chip, combined with an unlocked GSM World cell phone, helps you keep the lines of communication open without being burdened by high international roaming surcharges applicable when you use your “home” SIM card abroad. You’ll likewise enjoy the benefit of SMS text messaging, voicemail, a local cell phone number in South Africa, and FREE incoming calls. The prepaid feature gives you complete control over your costs, and with our low domestic and international calling rates, having a cell phone in South Africa is affordable for all. Access to customer service from your South Africa cellular phone is available 24 hour a day, so you’ll always have assistance with any unexpected issues or questions about your calls. No yearly contract, monthly charges, or credit check is involved.

Your South Africa SIM Card will require a SIM-unlocked GSM cell phone that supports the 900 frequency. If you do not have your own international cell phone, we have several models available for your consideration. Please click here for more information.


Airtime Rates

Domestic calls

With your South Africa SIM card you have a choice of 3 calling plans: Classic (default), Pay Per Second and Payback. For the Payback plan calling rates, call 173 from your South Africa cell phone. You may switch your calling plan one time per month free of charge.

Peak: Weekdays 7 AM - 8 PM
Off-Peak: Weekdays 8 PM - 7 AM, All day Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

Classic (default)

The Classic plan has been created for those people in South Africa who may not make a lot of calls and tend to make more calls during Off-Peak times. With this plan, all calls within South Africa are charged on a per minute basis.

  MTN to MTN MTN to Other SMS
per minute
R 2,60
($0.36 USD)
R 2,85
($0.41 USD)

R 0,86
($0.12 USD)

per minute
R 1,40
($0.20 USD)
R 1,55
($0.22 USD)
R 0,86
($0.12 USD)


Pay Per Second

If you're on a budget and make a lot of short calls while in South Africa, the Pay Per Second calling plan is the one you should choose. All calls in South Africa are charged on a per-second basis, so you only pay for the time you use.

  MTN to MTN MTN to Other SMS
per minute
($0.01 USD)
($0.01 USD)

R 0,86
($0.12 USD)

per minute
R 0,016
($0.02 USD)
R 0,016
($0.02 USD)
R 0,03
($0.04 USD)



International calls

Like the domestic calls, international calling rates depend on the domestic rate plan you have selected. International calls from your South Africa SIM card will be charged as follows:

Classic (default)

All international calls with your local South Africa SIM card are charged on a per-minute basis.

  Airtime Rate per minute
Zone 1 R 3,00 ($0.44 USD)
Zone 2 R 5,00 ($0.73 USD)
Zone 3 R 7,50 ($1.09 USD)
Zone 4 R 10 ($1.45 USD)
Zone 5 R 15 ($2.18 USD)
Zone 6 R 20 ($2.90 USD)


Pay Per Second

All international calls with your local South Africa SIM card are charged on a per-second basis.

  Airtime Rate per minute
Zone 1 R 0,12 ($0.01 USD)
Zone 2 R 0,12 ($0.01 USD)
Zone 3 R 0,18 ($0.02 USD)
Zone 4 R 0,24 ($0.03 USD)
Zone 5 R 0,36 ($0.05 USD)
Zone 6 R 0,48 ($0.07 USD)


Zone 1: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, San Marino Republic

Zone 2:
American Samoa, Andorra, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Dominican Republic, Faroe Island, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guam, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Mariana Island, Monaco, Mozambique, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Zambia

Zone 3:
Alaska, Albania, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Austria, Azerbaijani, Barbados, Belarus, Rep of, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Denmark, Dominica, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Hong Kong, Israel, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritania, Montserrat, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Portugal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Spain, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Virgin Island, USA, Yugoslavia Fed Rep, Zaire (Congo DRC)

Zone 4: Argentina, Aruba, Ascension, Benin, Bhutan, Kingdom of Bolivia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burundi, Central African Rep, Chile, China Peoples Rep, Comoros, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Rep of, Cyprus, Czech Rep, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Rep of, Falkland Islands, Finland, Georgia, Rep of, Ghana, Guatemala, Guiana (French), India, Japan, Kenya, Korea Rep (South Korea), Kuwait Mobile, Latvia, Lebanon, Macao, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Rep of, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, St Helena, St Pierre & Miquelon, Taiwan (China Rep), Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, USSR - Russian Federation

Zone 5: Algeria, Armenia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belize, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Congo Brazaville, Cook Island, Djibouti, Ecuador, Eritrea, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea People's Rep, Haiti, Hungary, Rep of, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia Mobile, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Rep of, Macedonia, Rep of, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niger, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pakistan, Palau, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Wallis & Futuna, Western Samoa, Yeman Rep of

Zone 6: Cuba, Diego Garcia, Egypt, Ethiopia, French Polynesia, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Honduras, Korea Democratic (North), Mali Mobile, Nicaragua, Sao Tome / Principe, Tonga, Vietnam


Adding Airtime

To add airtime to your South Africa SIM card, simply purchase an airtime voucher or reload card. They are available at face value so a R60 airtime voucher will cost you R60 and will credit your SIM card balance with R60. These airtime vouchers are available throughout South Africa at most kiosks, petrol stations and convenience stores in 3 denominations:

  • R30 ($3.50 USD)
  • R60 ($7 USD)
  • R180 ($22 USD)

To credit your prepaid SIM card balance with the airtime voucher simply:

  • Scratch off the gray covering on the voucher
  • Dial 555 [SEND]
  • Select option 2 at the voice prompt
  • Enter the reload code followed by the # button
  • A voice prompt will confirm your credit balance

To find out your remaining airtime balance on your South Africa SIM card, dial 555 and press option 1. This is a free call.

Service Life

To keep your SIM card active, you need to place an outgoing call every 90 days. If you fail to do this, your South Africa cell phone number will be recycled and any remaining airtime will be forfeit.

South Africa SIM Highlights
  • 60 R ($9 USD) starter airtime credit
  • A local cell phone number in South Africa
  • FREE incoming calls
  • Voicemail
  • SMS (text messaging)
  • No yearly contract, monthly charges or credit check

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