Are you looking to port to Vodacom from any other network in South Africa? If yes, then you should read this article. Vodacom is the biggest player on the Telecommunications scene in South Africa. The company offers great service, which is one of the reasons why many people seek to switch to Vodacom every day. If you are one of these people, the following process should help you get there;
How to switch to Vodacom from other networks in South Africa
To port to Vodacom from other networks in South Africa, you need to take the following steps;
- First, you need to buy a Vodacom SIM.
- Register (RICA) the phone. You can do this inside the Vodacom store where you have just bought the SIM.
- For the moment, keep your old SIM in your phone.
- Open messages on your phone and create a new SMS.
- Write the following in the SMS; portme + new SIM number.
- An example would be; portme 0820000000
- Send the SMS to 082 767 8287.
- You will receive a message asking you to confirm that you wish to make the switch to Vodacom.
- A day after your port date, or when you old SIM stops working, put the new Vodacom SIM into your phone and dial 136 to activate it.
How long is the process?
The process of porting to Vodacom from other networks in South Africa takes roughly 24 hours. That’s actually the case whatever the network you may be looking to switch to. We have previously written on how to port from Vodacom to MTN. The process takes the same amount of time.
You can choose, however, to have the switch done at a date later than that same day. That date should be less than 30 days away. So, you have a little bit of room to play with in this regard. This would probably be useful if there are things that you wish to wrape up before making the switch.
Do I lose all my airtime when I port to Vodacom?
Airtime is not ported along with your number. So, you need to make sure that you have exhausted all the airtime and data in your phone before you make the port request.
Or you can use all your airtime and data while waiting for your request to be processed. If you leave airtime and data in your phone, you will lose everything when the switch is made. Better to transfer your airtime to other people if you cannot use it all!
Why Port to Vodacom?
We have already noted that Vodacom is a large player on the telecommunications scene in South Africa. In fact, Vodacom is present in other African countries. That’s the reason why most people seek to port to Vodacom. They are looking for service and they are looking for deals. They are also looking for a network that has the biggest reach across South Africa.
So, you may be looking to port to Vodacom, and it’s a good idea. Others have been looking to port to Telkom. The great thing about it all is that South Africans have freedom when it comes to their networks. They can switch from one network to another with ease. This promotes competition among the networks, which translates into cheaper prices for consumers.