Rain has told MyBroadband it plans to end support for smartphones on its fixed-LTE-A network from 1 November.
The news comes after Webafrica launched Rain SIM-only LTE-A packages, which customers can use in a supported device.
The supported devices listed by Webafrica are:
- Huawei B315
- Huawei B618
- Huawei B2338 (Outdoor)
- ZTE MF253
- ZTE MF283+
- ZTE MF286
Testing in recent weeks by MyBroadband showed that Rain’s LTE-A network performed well in speed tests using Samsung Galaxy S7 and Motorola Moto Z smartphones.
Customer using, or planning to use, their Rain SIM in a smartphone, however, will not be able to do so from next month.
“The LTE-A service offered by Webafrica, etc, is only intended to be a fixed-LTE service,” said Rain.
“The SIM has to date worked in a number of different devices, and this was intentional from Rain, as it allowed the team to conduct detailed network testing.”
“The fixed LTE-A SIMs will be locked to network-approved devices only from 1 November,” it stated.
From 1 November, the SIMs will not work in any smartphone or mobile device. The SIMs will only work in Rain network-approved devices.
“The reason for limiting to these devices is that they offer the best customer experience – in terms of speed and reliability – and we hope to accredit more routers over time.”
Rain said it has approved an initial list of customer premises equipment, but this is not final and it is open to testing more devices on its network.
The announcement comes after Rain stated it would launch a beta trial of Rain Mobile in 2017.
Rain Mobile is set to take on the likes of Vodacom and MTN, offering data-centric services to smartphone users.