Do you wish to find out how to activate a Vodacom SIM card? Vodacom is a giant on the South African telecommunications scene. As of the time of writing this article, it had over 43 million subscribers. If you have just joined Vodacom from another network, you may be looking for the steps to activate your Vodacom SIM card. This article is dedicated to showing you how to do it. Note that we are mostly talking about prepaid Vodacom SIM cards. Those getting contracts usually have their new SIM cards activated instore.
How to activate a Vodacom SIM card in South Africa
The following is how to activate a Vodacom SIM card in South Africa;
- First, you need to make sure that your new Vodacom SIM is RICA registered. It’s easy to do this instore. However, you can do it using the My Vodacom app.
- Once registration has been successful, you need to insert your new Vodacom SIM card into your phone.
- Next, dial 100.
- Follow the voice prompts to activate your SIM.
- You will now receive your new number.
- You will need to recharge your phone as part of the activation process.
- You can now use your activated Vodacom SIM.
Your SIM needs to be RICA registered
It’s a requirement in South Africa that all SIM cards need to be RICAed. So, the steps above assume that you have already gone through the process. If you have not, then that’s something that you need to do. It’s easiest to RICA your Vodacom SIM in a Vodacom Shop. You can also do it online by taking the following steps;
- Make sure that you have your South African ID or a passport nearby. Also make sure that the packaging in which you bought your SIM is on hand.
- Next, you will need to install the My Vodacom app on your device. This could be another phone using another SIM.
- Sign in and click on more.
- Go to Chat to Vodacom.
- Type “Self RICA.”
- Follow the instructions that you get from TOBi.
- You will need to take clear pictures of the required documents as part of the process, so be prepared to do so. Your phone needs to be up to task.
- You will get an SMS notifying you that your RICA has been successful.
How long does it take for a SIM to become active?
In general, RICA registering a phone happens within 2 hours. However, you should be prepared to wait up to 24 hours.
So, that’s the time that you should wait for the process to get completed. Once the process is successful, an SMS will be send to the number that was used to register your new SIM.
Summary: How to activate a Vodacom SIM card
In this article, we showed you how to activate a Vodacom SIM. We noted that the process begins with RICA registering your SIM. This can be done from any Vodacom store. In order to do it, you need to have a copy of your South African ID.
It’s also possible to RICA your Vodacom SIM using the My Vodacom app, though this is probably not the best option for most people. Anyway, once your SIM has been registered, you can insert it into your phone. It will now be activated and you will receive your new number.
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