Archive for ‘International Calls’ Category


The FIFA World Cup 2010 – Soccer City Johannesburg

February 2nd, 2010

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As promised in December this is the first in the series. I want to give you a short overview of the stadium, the city and useful facts you as a Nimbuzz user might need.

This is the largest stadium in South Africa with a capacity of 94.000. I is located just south-west of the city centre of Johannesburg with good access from the highways.

Both the opening game and the final will be played here and the countries that are sure of playing here in the group round are South Africa, Mexico, Holland, Denmark, Argentina, Korea Republic, Brazil, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Germany. The stadium is the home of the Orlando Pirates and the infamous Vuvuzela is heard a lot here!

Johannesburg is a vibrant city and I am always amazed how sophisticated the city is. All over the city, in every neighbourhood you will find plenty of places with lots of restaurants and bars. If you stick to the main areas and be observant and careful there should be no major security concerns.

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Use your cellphone when travelling (to South Africa)!

January 26th, 2010

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South Africa is becoming more and more a popular destination for travellers and holiday makers. And while we are travelling most of us still like to stay in touch with the world we left behind. One of the recent Nimbuzz polls showed that most people are afraid of unknown and large costs related to keeping that connection. I will cover some general tips and a few South Africa specific tips in the following. I know now from experience that my communications costs when travelling can stay at roughly the same level as when I am at home.

1. If you use your home sim-card you will be charged for international roaming. Roaming charges are extremely expensive so try to limit your use. Be aware that email and internet browsing incur international data roaming charges that can be a few dollars per MB so webpages or emails with attachments will cost you a few dollars for each email or webpage you receive on your phone!! On most phones you can deactivate international data roaming and I advise you to do this before your trip starts!

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Networks now supporting 3G VOIP for iPhone!!

October 7th, 2009

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AT&T (in the USA) on Tuesday said it has made the necessary changes to enable voice over IP iPhone apps to run on its wireless network. Before Tuesday, VoIP apps would only work over a Wi-Fi network. In other words, if you wanted to use Nimbuzz to call a friend, you had to be connected to a regular Internet wireless network. Once you were out of range of that network, the call would end.

What does this mean for South African Nimbuzz users?

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Poll Results: International Phone Calls

September 15th, 2009

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Thanks for your votes at the last poll. Half of you spend more than an hour on international calls each month. That can be a costly activity with South African telephony rates. Hopefully these will come down soon especially now the media (did you see Carte Blanche on Sunday?) is focussing on this subject.
I read an article this morning in Venturebeat that Mobile VOIP is driving net neutrality. A few interesting things in this article are:

“Making telephone calls (that have the same quality as a landline) over Wi-Fi takes up, on average, 24-32 Kbps. An HD voice call made via WiFi takes around 22- 96Kbps. The difference, you can see, is negligible.

HD voice, for those new to the concept, is telephone voice quality similar to digital or FM radio. Regular telephone quality, using this analogy, is akin to listening to AM radio while you drive under a bridge.

So while mobile VoIP appears to pose a challenge to the $692.6 billion global mobile voice market, there’s also a huge market opportunity for carriers. Data usage would rise dramatically, helping offset any loss in mobile voice minutes. Consumers, meanwhile, would have a superior telephone quality with HD voice.

Mass-market mobile messaging solutions that aggregate popular instant messaging and social network communities are pioneering the way. Some, like Nimbuzz, are offering one-click access to instant messaging and mobile VoIP calls with HD voice quality.

Nimbuzz users make more than 200 million VoIP calls each year, and the company is growing at a rate of one million users per month. This clearly demonstrates a demand for VoIP/HD voice. And, like Skype in the early days of VoIP, small companies focusing on it are growing at exponential rates.”

Cheap global calling with Dial-Up VOIP – South Africa

May 14th, 2009

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We South Africans spend billions on international calls and a large part of that is to the millions of friends and family members who live overseas. With as many cell-phones as people (yes….48 million!!!) and nearly 10 times more cell-phones than landlines, these calls are generally with the mobile phone. But you do not need to sacrifice mobility to experience cheaper calling – on the go.

Imagine being able to call a close friend living far away, during a night out with friends, to tell him how much you all miss him – for the same costs as calling a friend who is just up the street! Even, the other way around, whilst traveling calling your friends and telling them what a great time you are having.

By using Nimbuzz on your cell phone you can save half or more on your phone bill with DIAL-UP VOIP!!!!

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