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Spam calls are a growing problem in South Africa, and many smartphone users in the country are using Truecaller to filter them out.In fact, South Africa is spam-blocking service Truecaller’s fastest-growing market and the company is increasing its presence in the region.

This is according to Ted Nelson, Chief Commercial Officer at Truecaller.Nelson was speaking to Cape Talk about the popularity of their app in Africa, which has shown strong growth on the continent.

The Truecaller app, which boasts 250 million users worldwide, identifies and block spammers – and identifies the caller ID of private numbers.

“Truecaller was born out of this uncertainty. We wanted to make it possible for you to know who’s trying to contact you and also tell you when not to pick up,” said the company.

According to a Truecaller study, South Africa is plagued by unsolicited spam calls.

It is therefore not surprising that people are looking for ways to block these calls, and Truecaller does exactly that.Nelson said Truecaller has passed 50 million users in Africa, and that the app is showing very strong growth in South Africa.To support this growth, Truecaller is setting up an office in Cape Town to increase its presence in the region.



The Apple iPhone X will officially launch in South Africa on 24 November.

Apple said the smartphone will launch in 12 other new markets on the same day as South Africa.

The iPhone X is expected to retail for over R20,000 in the country, according to local mobile network operators.

The device is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, and includes new features like facial recognition for user authentication.



Twitter is doubling its 140-character limit for most users, which it said makes it easier for people to express themselves.

Tests showed that people appreciated, but did not abuse, the higher character limit.

“We saw when people needed to use more than 140 characters, they Tweeted more easily and more often,” said Twitter.

“But importantly, people Tweeted below 140 most of the time and the brevity of Twitter remained.”

Only 5% of Tweets sent were longer than 140 characters, and only 2% were over 190 characters.

“As a result, your timeline reading experience should not substantially change, you’ll still see about the same amount of Tweets in your timeline.”

Twitter is now rolling out the higher character limit to all languages where cramming was an issue.



Afrihost has launched a new Rain LTE-A special, which gives users up to 3 months of free data.

The company said that customers who sign up for a SIM-only LTE-A package before 30 November 2017 will get up to 3 months of free data.

“This means that you can get connected today and only start paying for your data in 2018,” said Afrihost.

“Afrihost is also offering free LTE modems with signups until the end of November 2017. This is on top of the double data that users can lock in until the end of November 2018.”

It said the Rain LTE-A network currently consists of 1,750 base stations, which is set to expand to 2,000 sites by the end of 2017.


Terms and conditions

Afrihost has detailed the following terms and conditions of the promotion.

Get up to 3 Months FREE Data if you sign up for any SIM Only package between 07 November 2017 and 30 November 2017. You get pro-rata data for the month in which you sign up, plus the next 2 full calendar months for free.

For example, if you sign up on the 1st of the month, you will get 3 months absolutely free. But, if you sign up on the 25th of the month, you will get the 5 remaining days of that month and the following two months free. SIM & Device packages unfortunately do NOT qualify for this promotion. Standard R999 charged if you cancel or downgrade in less than 6 months.