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May 17th, 2010

fringsters listen up, fring now supports the ever popular Apple iPad. What you waiting for get it now!

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Did you know: Aki Anastasiou of 702 Talk radio in South Africa was the very first person on earth to take fring for the iPad for a test run. Yes even before Steve Jobs or our own fringing technicians had tested this on a real device Aki was fringing away on his iPad.  He also took the very first screenshots shortly before jetting off to the USA and sent them to us to share with the world.

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Thanks for testing Aki, you fringing rock dude!

Guys why not download fring for the iPad today and let us know what you think of it.

The fring Team

May 15th, 2010

Great news for fringsters on the Cell C network:

Earlier this year Cell C announced that it “has signed a R2.9bn deal with the Chinese telecom equipment provider ZTE Corporation” this came shortly after announcing that the firm would be spending R5bn to upgrade it’s network to 4G in 2010.

Cell C has now also revealed that the “Nokia Siemens Networks was appointed as the second vendor in its network expansion and upgrade plans.”  The network rollout has started, and will be launch as soon as Cell C feels it has enough high quality coverage nationwide.

With the recent MTN, Vodacom and now Cell C network upgrade in South Africa, the bandwidth war is heating up nicely and Mobile internet is slowly starting to become cheaper. Things are shaping up nicely for internet users and fringsters in this land and I can’t wait for the day when mobile broadband rates can compare with landline rates.

April 29th, 2010

fringsters listen up, I have great news for you!

Vodacom has just finished upgrading a huge section of their network (more than 3300 towers across South Africa) to support 14.4 Mbps Internet speeds.  As for the rest of the network you guys will have to make due with the speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps on 3G.  The great news is that with speeds of between 7.2 and 14.4 Mbps fring calling and video stream quality on the Vodacom network will be vastly better than on other local networks ;-)

A little birdy tells me that Vodacom is also testing 21.1 Mbps HSPA services on their network but this will only go live laters.  So it looks like there are only good things to come. Watch this space for progress.

Vodacom 14.4 Mbps internet goes live on 1 May 2010

April 5th, 2010

Crowdfunding, the first crowd funded Angel investment agency of it’s kind in South Africa made history last week by raising just over R1 million in Angle VC within only a few days,  Proving yet again that South Africa is alive with possibilities.

The money pledged by 229 investors will be used to fund 10-20 small techno startups in South Africa.  This is the chance of a lifetime for many local startups wishing to prove to the world that their idea is The Next BIG Thing!

The fund which continues to grow is currently standing on R1,035,000 from 315 investors. Apparently the first 1000 investors to pledge will be accepted.  So if you havn’t jumped on the bandwagon yet there is still chance of getting in before it’s to late.

Your local fring blogger, yeah thats still me, has already submitted 4 idea’s for funding and I will keep you guys posted on developments on this front. I am happy to say that the Crowdfund has once again brought hope to many small garage startups in South Africa who have been suffering to scrape together funds to keep their dreams alive.

I am excited to announce that very shortly a few of these startups will have the priviledge, no the honour, to take their dreams to new hights.  May the best fringing team be granted funding and guys when you make it to the big time, never forget to help those dreamers still trying in a garage or backroom near you.

April 4th, 2010

fringsters, every wonder what lives below the shiny surface of your latest tech gadget?  You have?

Well wonder no more, thanx to the hard working boys and girls over at iFixit.com you can now virtually dive below the surface of the latest gadgets without voiding the gaurantee of your techno gear.

This weeks ‘teardown’ as they call it over @iFixit is non other than Apples latest little toy the iPad.

On a more serious note: Teardowns provide a look inside a device and should not be used as disassembly instructions.

March 30th, 2010
Vodacom and Nedbank Partner to Bring M-PESA
to South Africa
30 March 2010, Johannesburg: Vodacom and Nedbank today announced a joint initiative to bring M-PESA, the biggest global success story in mobile money, to South Africa. M-PESA is an innovative mobile money solution which has already seen enormous success in other African markets, as well as in Afghanistan; enabling even unbanked customers to transfer money from person to person using a cellphone. As Vodacom’s preferred banking partner in the project, Nedbank has engaged proactively with the banking regulator, ensuring that the initiative will meet all requirements set out by the South African Reserve Bank.
Shameel Joosub, Managing Director, Vodacom South Africa, said: ‘Nedbank is the ideal financial services partner for this venture. With their proven track record of providing financial services to those who are traditionally unable to afford it and their innovative approach to banking, we know they will bring a new dimension to the project. Both Nedbank and Vodacom are confident that M-PESA is going to change the lives of “unbanked” South Africans and we are looking forward to the imminent launch of the product.’
Saks Ntombela, Managing Executive, Nedbank Retail, said:  ‘As a bank for all South Africans’, we are delighted to be a part of this innovative, simple money transfer product which offers easy access to funds. We are particularly excited about this offering being attractive to the previously unbanked population who are not yet part of the formal banking system.  Nedbank strives to understand our customers’ needs and is committed to then ensure that what we deliver is a financial product that is easy to use. This illustrates a shared vision between Nedbank and Vodacom.’
Added Joosub, ‘M-PESA has a successful track record in other markets. With the backing of Nedbank and Vodafone, as well as the power of the public’s trust in the Vodacom brand, all of the signs are there that M-PESA is going to revolutionise the way South Africans transfer, share and spend their money.’
The M-PESA service was originally created as a pilot funded jointly by Vodafone and the UK Department for International Development [DFID] Financial Deepening Challenge Fund. Since then, the service has proved immensely successful in the Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan markets with more than 10 million M-PESA customers. Vodafone first announced its intentions to repeat its success in South Africa at the GSMA Mobile World conference in Barcelona earlier this year.

Breaking news: Vodacom and Nedbank Partner to Bring M-PESA to South Africa

Hot on the heals of the FNB / Paypal announcement comes a very exciting announcement by Vodacom and Nedbank.

“Vodacom and Nedbank today announced a joint initiative to bring M-PESA, the biggest global success story in mobile money, to South Africa.

M-PESA is an innovative mobile money solution which has already seen enormous success in other African markets, as well as in Afghanistan; enabling even unbanked customers to transfer money from person to person using a cellphone.

The M-PESA service was originally created as a pilot funded jointly by Vodafone and the UK Department for International Development [DFID] Financial Deepening Challenge Fund. Since then, the service has proved immensely successful in the Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan markets with more than 10 million M-PESA customers. ”

fringsters this is very good news for all the unbanked South African fringsters out there, we will be watching this story closely as it unfolds and will bring you the latest on mobile money as it unfolds.

March 25th, 2010

Breaking news:

Nokia today announced the long awaited arrival of the Nokia N97 Mini in South Africa” and the good news fringsters is that we already supports this sexy new device.

Sporting new homescreen widgets, this slim device packs 8GB of storage, a tilting 3.2 inch touch display and full QWERTY keyboard all within a 14.2mm thin frame.”

As with many of the latest Nokia smart phones the N97mini sports the new free to download and use Ovi Maps, which now works on the device without needing an internet connection.

Oh and for those of you thinking that Ovi Maps is the new mapping kid on the block, think again! “Ovi Maps covers more than 180 countries with car and pedestrian navigation for 74 countries, in 46 languages, and traffic information for more than 10 countries.”  Todate they have only mapped 27.6 million kilometers of the earths roads and Nokia also claims to have sold in excess of 80 million GPS enabled handsets so far.  Not bad if I may say so myself.

Anyway for for a better understanding of the N97mini and Ovi Maps see the video below.

Ps.  see if you can spot your favourite mobile app in the video.

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Until next time..

The fring team

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