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o Addis Ababa "Wutma" hotel
o Internet in Addis Ababa
o Travelling from Zambia to South Africa
o Staying in South Africa after visa expires
o Mobile phone pre-paid packages and prices in South Africa
Addis Ababa "Wutma" hotel
The worst hotel. They use scams to heat the tourists who stay there. Look out for a guy named Awaka and another guy named Chernet. Chernet speaks fluent German and claims to study in Germany. They scam you with help of the staff at the "Wutma".
by brian phelps, created: 11/01/2005 [ethiopia]
Internet in Addis Ababa

InfinEth Solutions - end of Mickyliland street, opposite Atlas hotel.

by augustas, created: 06/12/2004 [ethiopia]
Travelling from Zambia to South Africa
Here is some info about the prices in July'04 for the transport form Zambia to South Africa:

BUS
* Lusaka - Johannesburg
. 170'000 or 220'000 Kvacha (~35$ or ~45$, depends which company you choose). Most of them have offices in InterCity bus station in Lusaka. One of the best companies "Linking Africa" have office a bit south from Cairo Road, next to the Chinese Restaurant "Grate Wall" (or similar name). These buses travel via Zimbabwe, which means the one needs Zimbabwian visa (~45$). Here is the information about which countries need visas and where to get them: Zim visas.
* Lusaka - Gaborone. Price is ~35$-40$.

PLANE
(For the plane expect to spent additional 20$-30$ in the airport for so called "departure tax")
* Lusaka - Johannesburg. South African airlines - ~220$ one way.
* Livingstone - Johannesburg. NationWide Airlines ~115$ one way.
by augustas, created: 30/11/2004 [botswana, south africa, zambia, zimbabwe]
Staying in South Africa after visa expires
Some of my German friends tried to risk leaving South Arfica (in Oct'04) after their stamp in the passport, which allows to stay in the country 3 months, expired. The punishment was paying 1'000 RAND (~130 EUR) at the airport.
by augustas, created: 30/11/2004 [south africa]
Mobile phone pre-paid packages and prices in South Africa
Statistics about SA mobile operators:

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For all GSM providers PEAK TIME hours: Monday to Friday, 7am to 8pm.
The rest - OFF PEAK.
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Overview of Pre-paid packages of 3 GSM providers (MTN, Vodacom, Cell C) in South Africa.
The information below was collected in March 2004.


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  MTN        http://www.mtn.co.za/?pid=5933   
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=-=-= CLASSIC =-=-=
[fewer calls during the peak offs] Charged for full minute.
 
MTN to MTN
R 2,60 /min - 0.32 eur/min (PEAK)
R 1,40 /min - 0.17 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
MTN to other
R 2,85 /min - 0.35 eur/min (PEAK)
R 1,55 /min - 0.19 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages: 86c - 0.11 eur (ALL DAY)
International SMS text messages: R 1,58 - 0.19 eur (ALL DAY)

=-=-= CALL PER SECOND =-=
[a lot short calls and a lot off peak SMSs] Charged per second.

MTN to MTN and Telkom
6c /sec - 0.007 eur/sec = 0,42 eur/min (PEAK)
1,65c /sec - 0.002 eur/sec = 0,12 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
MTN to Other
6c /sec - 0.007 eur/sec = 0,42 eur/min (PEAK)
1,83c /sec - 0.0022 eur/sec = 0,13 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages
86c - 0.11 eur (PEAK)
30c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)
International SMS text messages: R 1,58 - 0.19 eur (ALL DAY)

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=-=-= STANDART =-=-=
[who makes calls during peak and off peak]. Charged for full minute.

Calling
R 2,85 /min - 0.35 eur/min (PEAK)
R 1,55/min - 0.19 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages
80c - 0.10 eur (PEAK)
34c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)

=-=-= SMART STEP  =-=-=
[who makes longer than 1min calls during peak] Charged for full minute.

Calling (ALL DAY): R2,70 for the 1st minute, R1,55 per minute thereafter
SMS text messages
80c - 0.10 eur (PEAK)
34c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)

=-=-=   4U PREPAID  =-=-=
[who calling during off peaks. per second billing] Charged per second.

Vodacom to Vodacom and National Voice Calls
6c /sec - 0.007 eur/sec = 0,42 eur/min (PEAK)
1,65c /sec - 0.002 eur/sec = 0,12 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
Vodacom to MTN / Cell-C and VAS Calls
6c /sec - 0.007 eur/sec = 0,42 eur/min (PEAK)
1,8c /sec - 0.002 eur/sec = 0,12 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages
80c - 0.10 eur (PEAK)
34c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)

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Comparing to MTN and Vodacom this provider's Coverage is rather small:

=-=-= EASY CHAT STANDART =-=-=
[Calling during peak and off peak] Charged for full minute.

Cell C to Cell C
R 2.55 - 0.31 eur/min (PEAK)
R 1.35 - 0.16 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
Cell C to other
R 2.80 - 0.34 eur/min (PEAK)
R 1.45 - 0.18 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages
75c - 0.09 eur (PEAK)
30c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)
International SMS: R 1.50 - 0.18 eur

=-=-= EASY CHAT PER SECOND =-=-=
[Calling at night at during weekends] Charged for full minute.

Calling
R 3.60 - 0.44 eur/min (PEAK)
96c - 0.12 eur/min (OFF PEAK)
SMS text messages
75c - 0.09 eur (PEAK)
30c - 0.04 eur (OFF PEAK)
International SMS: R 1.50 - 0.18 eur

=-=-= EASY CHAT ALL DAY =-=-=
[calling during the day] Charged for full minute.

Calling: R 2.00 - 0.24 eur/min (ALL DAY)
SMS text messages: 50c - 0.06 eur
International SMS: R 1.50 - 0.18 eur
 
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1: With Cell C you can use either Cell Cs network or roam (without extra cost) at Vodacom's network, i.e. you have very good coverage.

2: You can buy a 100 SMS card for R36.50, i.e. R0.365 per SMS both ON- and OFF-peak. Combined with Easy Chat per second, you can send cheap SMS on-peak, and call cheaply during off-peak

3: International SMS, both receiving and sending, does not always work. It might depend on the network in the other country.(?)
by augustas, Andreas T, updated: 26/10/2004, created: 22/05/2004 [south africa]
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