SA has seen an influx of high-end smartphones, which will likely put high demands on the country's mobile networks. Despite ongoing criticism of network coverage and quality, analysts argue that the networks are among the best globally and ahead of the innovation curve.
Mobile consumers have been treated to a selection of new smartphones with the recent unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy X, the Apple iPhone and the highly-anticipated BlackBerry Torch.
Vodacom says the device will be available from Vodaworld and other major Vodacom outlets by the end of the week. MTN says it will deliver the device by next week and Cell C will offer it during November.
While the devices have been welcomed by the mobile consumer, doubts remain as to whether the country's networks would be able to keep up with the high usage demands required by the devices.
In addition, the rate at which cellphone manufactures are innovating is exponential and doubts have been cast as to whether Vodacom, MTN and Cell C's networks will be able to keep up with the higher network demands.
WWW Strategy MD Steven Ambrose says SA's mobile networks are way ahead of the innovation and data curve. He explains that 3G has become the de facto alternative to fixed-line Internet in the country to such an extent that the smartphone is simply another dimension to an already mature offering.
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