South African Mobile Telecommunications Accessibility Survey 2015

As South Africans who are living with disabilities, we find that we are sidelined as customers especially by the mobile networks.

 

The mobile networks, especially, are not necessarily interested in hearing what we’ve got to say.  They only try to conform to the minimum requirements enforced, (if ever) by ICASA.  I’m specifically thinking of MTN, who told me that they (know what they are doing, thank you very much); and that was more than five years ago.

 

Vodacom has a special needs helpdesk but, I, in particular, had a very bad experience with them and thus, I’m not a customer of theirs.

 

We should not be limited to a particular network just because they have a special needs desk.

 

The other networks have a lot to offer and they can actually provide the special needs assistance, if they really want to, without breaking the bank.

 

In 2013, we wanted to get your input on the accessibility for persons living with disabilities of the mobile networks in South Africa.

 

Many of you completed the survey.  Thank you.

 

I’ve engaged with Telkom Mobile and provided them with the statistics of the survey but, I haven’t received any feedback from them yet.

 

 

Just over 2 years later, I’ve decided to ask you for your input once again.

 

Please Click here to complete the survey.

 

It should not take you longer than 20 minutes but, depending on how much you have to add, it may just take a bit longer than that.

 

Should you require any assistance, you can contact us during office hours on 0127533663 and we will try to assist.  Alternatively, you can email us at admin@AccessTech.co.za.

 

Let’s try and use this platform to enable us to provide solutions suggestions to the mobile providers in addressing our needs as persons living with disabilities.

Comparing the Apple iPhone, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus

Not sure if you should upgrade to the latest iPhone?

Don’t worry, it is rather confusing but, hopefully the below table will give you a quick idea of the major differences.

 

If you hate tables, let me say this:  If you have just upgraded to the iPhone 6, there is not a real reason to want to upgrade now, unless you really want the 3d Continue reading Comparing the Apple iPhone, 6, 6 Plus, 6s and 6s Plus

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 January, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has confirmed the local availability of the GALAXY A3 and GALAXY A5.

The devices feature refined full metal body designs that are 6.9mm and 6.7mm thin, respectively. Both the GALAXY A5 and GALAXY A3 will come in a variety of colours, including Pearl White, Midnight Black and Champagne Gold, to accommodate the personal style and preference of their diverse users.

Review

We have been promised that a review unit will be provided as soon as possible.

I must admit that I am rather excited although I am somewhat skeptical as to why it is running on an older version of Android.. That for me might be a deal breaker.

Availability

The devices are available through Samsung Experience stores, leading retailers and local mobile operators.

How much does it cost?

Continue reading Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 now in South Africa

Cheapest mobile call rate for those on prepaid in South Africa

For those of you on Cell C; they have recently launched a price plan that charges r0.50 per minutes for calls to all SA networks, including Telkom.  These calls are billed per second.

 

This is currently the cheapest rate in South Africa.  However, these rates are not permanent.  So, make use of them whilst they’re around.

 

To change over, just dial 141 and follow the voice prompts.  You can
also use the USSD code *147# to accomplish the same.

Samsung Galaxy S III – Audio demonstration and opinion

Thanks to Samsung, I am able to bring you a taste of the new Samsung Galaxy s III.

Specifications are at the end of this post.

GT-I9300

Specifications

Network/Bearer and Wireless Connectivity

  • EDGE / GPRS (850 / 900 / 1,800 / 1,900MHZ)
  • HSPA+ 21 (850 / 900 / 1,900 / 2,100)
  • 802.11a/b/g/n
  • WiFi Direct
  • GAP, SSP, HSP, HFP1.5, A2DP, SPP, OPP, PBAP, MAP, AVRCP 1.3, HID NFC available
  • DLNA, MHL 1.0, HDMI 2 support
  • KIES, KIES Air support

Display

  • HD sAMOLED
  • 16M
  • 4.8″
  • 720 x 1280 (HD)

Memory

  • 16 / 32 / 64GB

Colour

  • Marble White

Services and Applications

  • Samsung Apps available
  • Game hub
  • ChatON available
  • ActiveSync available
  • B-to-B Compability : Sybase / Webex / Device encryption / Cisco etc.

OS

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)

Battery

  • 2,100 mAh
  • Upto 1,300 min (2G) / upto 650 min (3G)
  • Upto 900 hrs (2G) / upto 750 hrs (3G)

Chipset

  • Quad Core Application Processor
  • 1.4GHz CPU Speed

Connectors

  • USB2.0
  • 3.5pi, Stereo
  • MicroSD (upto 64GB)
  • MicroSIM
  • Micro USB available
  • MHL available

Audio and Video

  • MPEG4, H.264, H.263, VC-1. DivX, VP8, WMV7 / 8, Sorenson Spark, DivX 3.11
  • Full HD (1080p) Video Recording & Playback
  • Recording up to 30fps
  • MP3, AMR-NB / WB, AAC / AAC+ / eAAC+, WMA, OGG (Vorbis), FLAC, AC-3, apt-X

Physical Specification

  • 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm
  • 133g

Camera

  • 8 Megapixels Camera Resolution (Rear)
  • CMOS , 1.9MP
  • LED (1EA)

Sensors

  • Accelerometer, Geo-magnetic, Gyro, RGB Light, Barometer sensor

Location

  • Assisted GPS / GLONASS available

Please note: Features & Specifications may vary per country and are subject to change without prior notice