A survey conducted in April 2012 by ikapadata, a research company based in Cape Town, revealed that Nokia is the most popular cellphone brands among residents of townships in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban.
The survey had 1,008 participants across various Living Standards Measure (LSM) and age groups.
Among better-off township residents (LSM 8–10, n=194), ikapadata said 75% claim to use Facebook on their cellphones, while 54% in the same LSM groups say they use MXit.
“The popularity of mobile internet services among the surveyed population can be partly ascribed to the increasing prevalence of smartphones in townships,” ikapadata said.
“At the same time 91% of Blackberry owners claim to browse the internet compared to 41% of owners of other brands’ cell- phones,” ikapadata said.