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Mobile Data Comparison – Telkom, MTN and Vodacom
The way we use data has changed rapidly, and South Africa’s mobile networks are offering increasingly competitive data deals on contracts with bigger packages to meet the needs of consumers. Our mobile devices have become our passports to the world, from staying connected to having always-on entertainment through instant messaging, social media, multiplayer gaming and video and music streaming. None of these would be possible without data, so we’ve put together a list of the most competitive contract data packages from South Africa’s leading mobile networks: After-hours or night-time data is offered by all three networks. Telkom offers night-time data between midnight and 7am while both MTN and Vodacom offer data allocations between midnight and 6am. HELPFUL NETWORK USSD CODES: All prices and plans are accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change without prior notice.
These Apps Will Make You a Selfie Pro!
These Apps Will Make You a Selfie Pro! Selfies have become a huge part of everyday life for millions of people around the world. Taking the perfect selfie to share on social networks like Instagram and Facebook is essential, but you don’t need a high-end camera phone to take a great shot. All you need to step up your selfie game is good lighting, the right angle and the apps in this list to turn you into a selfie pro! Airbrush: Easy Photo Editor Offering natural looking edits, Airbrush can be used to rid your selfie of blemishes and add enhancements like whiter teeth. The selfie app can be used to clear other imperfections, retouch make-up and change the lighting in a selfie. Facetune - Selfie Photo Editor for Perfect Selfies Facetune allows users to apply various filters and other enhancements to selfies. Similar to Airbrush, you can use Facetune to swipe away imperfections and brighten smiles, but also reshape your face by reconstructing jawlines and cheeks, manipulating the size of your lips and even widening your eyes. Snapseed Snapseed is a free Android smartphone app from Google that offers more professional looking edits to selfies. Snapseed is comparable to more widely used desktop software tools like Photoshop. While offering numerous filters and styles to enhance selfies, Snapseed also offers tools like the ‘Dramatic’ effect, which can instantly add a Hollywood touch to your selfies. YouCam Perfect - Selfie Photo Editor YouCam Perfect offers users an extensive editing toolkit that includes the ability to create a bokeh effect in selfies, where the background is blurred more naturally. Other effects from the app include object removers to make selfies all about you, live edits to photos while capturing selfies and HDR effects to make images more intense. VSCO Widely used to edit photos captured by the main smartphone camera, VSCO is not like other apps used for selfies. When capturing or editing a selfie through the app, VSCO takes a more artist approach. Instead of the vanity features like blemish-removal and facial reshaping, VSCO relies on tweaking the highlights, shadows and aspect ratios of your selfies to give you the perfect snap. Adobe Lightroom CC - Photo Editor From the same company that brought you Photoshop comes the mobile version of its desktop app, Lightroom. For those into the more professional approach to editing selfies, Lightroom as a selfie app is more advanced than other apps on this list, offering similar functionality but more in-depth tools like HDR effects, double exposure, and finer tuning of the ambience, saturation and contrast of a selfie. Most of these apps allow you to capture selfies within the app, but it’s always better to capture an image with your smartphone’s camera first and edit later because some selfie apps add an effect or filter that can’t be changed after it is captured. It is also important to use one app to edit your snaps to ensure the highest quality and resolution. Happy snapping.
Can Online Streaming Replace Traditional TV in South Africa?
The high cost of pay-TV and the decrease in the cost of bandwidth has led to more South Africans migrating to on-demand streaming video services such as Netflix for entertainment, but can online streaming ever replace traditional TV in South Africa? Multichoice, which runs pay-TV service DStv, claims it has a subscriber base of 7.2 million in 2019, with a year-on-year increase reported every year. However, in May 2018, DStv also claimed that it had lost over 100 000 premium subscribers since 2015. This year, the company has decided to freeze the price of its premium package at R809 per month. Netflix vs. Showmax In 2015, Naspers, which owns Multichoice, launched their Showmax video streaming service to counter the entry of US content giant Netflix. Although Showmax is free to Multichoice subscribers and offered as a standalone service to non-subscribers, South Africans flocked to Netflix upon launch. Although Netflix does not report the number of subscribers it has in South Africa, Multichoice estimated that they had gained almost 600 000 streaming subscribers in 2019. Stumbling block of internet access When streaming services first launched in the country, the biggest hurdle was the cost of data. However, with the #DataMustFall movement, the call for lower data prices was heeded by local telecommunications operators. Vodacom claims to have dropped the cost in the last 3 years by 40%, while MTN says it has dropped the cost of data since 2011 by 87%. Cell C says it has reduced the cost of data by over 28% in 2018. In 2016, Telkom made one the biggest shifts to contribute to the falling cost of data in SA with the introduction of FreeMe bundles, coupling 1 to 20GB data packages with free calls, instant messaging data and recently added zero-rated data for on-demand streaming of Netflix, Showmax and YouTube to the service through Telkom LIT. Current network trends show that costs will fall further or at least packages will be offered with zero-rated data for streaming from certain providers, as is the case with the Telkom LIT bundles. ICASA’s End User and Subscriber Service Charter regulations came into effect in March this year, requiring networks to offer rollover data and extend validity periods, so its good news for consumers. Future of TV in South Africa According to PwC’s annual Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018 –2022 , Over-The-Top (OTT) video and music streaming services, as well as artificial intelligence, smart home services and virtual assistants will bolster internet usage around the world. The report finds that the fastest growth will be seen in virtual reality and OTT content from services like Showmax and Netflix. It won’t be long before the same trends filter to SA. With the evidence of the growth of streaming services in the country, more and more South Africans may start to ditch traditional TV for streaming platforms or at the very least use these platforms to give them more choice over and above pay-TV options.