At R50 for 1 gig, this is SA’s cheapest data network. It took us 6 minutes to sign up
- Rain recently launched a 4G network that only provides mobile data.
- At R50 per gig or 5c per megabyte, it's SA's most affordable monthly mobile data provider.
- The network has no contracts, bundles, monthly fees and the data doesn't expire.
- It took us 6 minutes to sign up for a Rain SIM card.
Last week, Stellenbosch-based tech start-up Rain launched the country's first 4G data-only network at the most competitive prices in the business.
- Rain is a data-only 4G network.
- Mobile data is priced at 5c per meg (R50 per gig).
- There are no contract lock-ins, bundles and/or regular monthly fees (Pay as you go).
- Data doesn't expire.
We promptly signed up, and here's how it went:
10:41 AM - Configuring the Rain SIM card and choosing data amount
The network allows you to give your new sim card a name, we went with BI SA.
R50 gets you 1 gig of data.
10:44 AM - Adding a device
You can also buy a device through the network.
10:45 AM - RICA and delivery
Rain undertook to RICA our new SIM card when it gets delivered the following day at 08:00 (at a delivery fee of R120).
10:46 AM - Confirming order
After accepting the Ts & Cs, we finally confirmed our order - six minutes into the sign-up process.
10:46 AM - Payment
After a successful payment, our order was confirmed for delivery in the next 21 hours.
After six days of waiting, Rain finally delivered on Friday.
Rain couldn't give a reason for the delay, but its CEO Willem Roos tells Business Insider SA that "building a large LTE network is a significant undertaking and as such we have faced many difficulties. When launching a new business, lots of unexpected things happen - what is important is how you quickly you react to fixing these problems."
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