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There seems to be much talk around the latest, greatest and most innovative feature brought to you by Cell C which is known as WiFi Calling. At a glance this sounds incredible, that any WiFi router or modem has the potential to be a Cell C tower. What exactly does this mean and could it be compared to a Whatsapp call? Could you walk down the road and connect to your neighbours WiFi or to a retail store at a mall and make use of their WiFi?

Yes you can connect to WiFi and make use of this new feature provided there’s a WiFi hotspot, but you’ll need access (password) to log on to that specific hotspot and in South Africa you’re often restricted to the amount of WiFi usage, particularly at restaurants.

Those travelling abroad and those who perhaps have bad network reception would possibly benefit the most from this feature.

However you should know that there are only a few devices which are currently capable of making WiFi Calls, when I say a few devices I mean only 5 with 2 more on the way soon, perhaps in the near future there will be more WiFi Calling enabled devices.

It’s also important to note that you will need to be a Cell C subscriber to make use of this feature; however you’re not limited to only calling Cell C subscribers.

How it works is once you’ve connected to a secure and strong WiFi connection you are then able to make a WiFi Call which then gets billed to your current airtime balance as per normal. You do however have the option of purchasing a WiFi Calling bundle which will leave your airtime balance untouched unless your bundle has been depleted or expired.

The word “unlimited” gets thrown around quite often and has pretty much the same meaning as the words “now now” meaning faster than “now”…

The WiFi Bundle is called WiFi Unlimited, however it’s only unlimited when calling other Cell C subscribers, but even then it falls under the Fair Usage Policy which could throttle your connection if they find your usage abusive or too much for “unlimited”. Also note that the bundle will cost R199 on a monthly subscription or as a once off and will last for 30 days.

Personally I see this “SA FIRST” as being a feeble attempt at quelling Whatsapp which allows you to make a Whatsapp call without having to pay a fee to activate the service.

For more information with regards to WiFi Calling visit

What do you think of Cell C’s SA First; let me know on twitter @kurtmitchell

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