Do want to find out how to deactivate roaming on Vodacom in South Africa? Vodacom is used by millions of people across the country. Many of the people are from other countries. Estimates put the number of Zimbabweans living in South Africa at over 3 million, as an example. There are also millions of Mozambicans, Zambians and Malawians. All these people make occasional trips to their home countries. South Africans also constantly visit other countries. If you had activated roaming on Vodacom during your trip, you may now be looking to switch it off. That’s mostly to save money, because roaming can be very expensive.
How to switch off Vodacom roaming
Below is how to deactivate roaming on Vodacom. Please note that Vodacom offers a number of international roaming packages. How you deactivate roaming will depend on your chosen package;
- The default Vodacom roaming package is the Vodafone World package. If you are a prepaid customer on this package, you can deactivate roaming by sending an SMS with the text TRAVELOFF to 123 or to 31050 if you are in South Africa. If you wish to deactivate Vodacom roaming while in another country, the number to send the SMS is +2782123. You can also turn of roaming by calling 082 135. Contract customers need to call 082 135 to switch off Vodacom roaming.
- The second Vodacom roaming package is called Travel Saver. If you are on this package, you can deactivate roaming by sending Saveoff via SMS to 123 or to 31050.
- Vodacom also offers a package called SMS Roamer. That’s great for staying in touch via SMS, which is cheaper than calling. To deactivate this package, you need to send the message Roamoff to 123 or 31050 through SMS.
- If you are on Data Roaming, you will need to call Vodacom Customer care to deactivate roaming. The number to call is 082 135.
Why learn how to deactivate roaming on Vodacom?
In this post we showed you how to deactivate roaming on Vodacom. We have previously written on how to activate Vodacom international roaming services. So, why would you go through all the trouble only to deactivate?
Well, most people wish to deactivate roaming when they get back to South Africa. That’s probably not necessary unless you wish to go abroad soon. In that case, you may be deactivating because you don’t want to incur unexpected charges later on.
One thing that you will notice is that roaming can be very expensive. It doesn’t matter what country you are going to or which network you are going to be roaming on. It only makes sense to roam if you are only going for a few days to another country.
But if you are going to weeks or months, you will soon be looking for information on how to deactivate roaming on Vodacom. The good news is that you can do it either from within South Africa or from any other country. So, you shouldn’t have any issues.
In this article, we showed you how to turn off Vodacom international roaming. We noted that Vodacom has a number of roaming packages. Depending on your package, you can deactivate roaming by SMS or by calling Vodacom Customer Care.
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