I received a worrying email from a listener asking about WhatsApp. The listener asked why WhatsApp was not free outside South Africa. After recently being in Paris for 6 days, the listener said they used WhatsApp quite freely and now their service provider has charged them over R7000.00 for roaming charges. This should be a warning to everyone. WhatsApp uses data and you will be liable for roaming charges when travelling abroad. Make sure you have international data roaming turned off before you leave the country to avoid these charges.
I have been testing a product called KnowRoaming when traveling abroad to avoid these charges. The product works really well and is simple to use. The KnowRoaming SIM Sticker is a one-time application Global SIM that connects you to local networks when traveling in over 200 countries. The sticker adheres to your existing SIM card, only activating when you travel and remains dormant while at home. KnowRoaming works with any sized SIM card and is compatible with unlocked iPhones, Android phones, Windows Mobile phones, as well as iPads and Android tablets.
Apple announced their latest new iPhones which go on sale latest this month in the USA and likely to be available in South Africa in the coming weeks. The new iPhones have faster processors, better cameras. Apple also introduced 3D Touch, which senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content.
Apple also announced that iOS 9, will be available on Wednesday, September 16 as a free update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users. An ad-blocking company used a full-page ad in Monday's Financial Times to target yet another aspect of digital advertising that consumers might not appreciate: the impact of ad tech on their mobile-phone bills.
"Mobile ads consume 50% of the data mobile subscribers pay for," the ad says. "Advertisers make billions in mobile advertising. Consumers should not have to subsidize their business." Ad-blocking companies have been calling consumers' attention to the clutter of online advertising and, perhaps more damaging, the longer loading times associated with its tracking and targeting systems. Blaming ads for sapping data plans could encourage interest in mobile ad blockers, already the focus of a press boomlet as Apple prepares to expand support for the technology on iPhones.
This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 11 September 2015