The 10 most popular smartphones in South Africa

According to Vodacom’s latest full-year report, the network has 31.4 millions users – making it the biggest cellular operator in South Africa.

Vodacom currently has over 10,200 cellular towers in the country, which provide a population coverage of 99.8% and offer a 3G population coverage of 96%.

Thanks to the volume and spread of its local users, subscriber information from Vodacom is a good representation of the South African cellphone market in general.

Based on this subscriber information, we can reveal the current 10 most popular smartphones in SA.

The phones above are ranked alphabetically, and not from most to least popular.

Apple iPhone 5S

iPhone 5s gold i OS7 press shot
iPhone 5s Gold

BlackBerry 9720

BlackBerry 9720
BlackBerry 9720

Huawei Ascend Y220

Huawei Ascend Y220
Huawei Ascend Y220

Nokia 520 Lumia

Nokia 520 Lumia
Nokia 520 Lumia

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo

Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 header
Samsung Galaxy S4 header

Samsung Galaxy Star

Samsung GT S5280 Galaxy Star
Samsung GT S5280 Galaxy Star

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE

Samsung Galaxy S4 mini angled view press shots
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini

Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE

Samsung Galaxy S5 press shot
Samsung Galaxy S5

Vodafone Smart Kicka

Vodacom Smart Kicka
Vodacom Smart Kicka

The table below shows the growth in popularity of mobile operating systems on Vodacom’s network over the past two years, revealing that Android, iOS, and Windows Phones have grown their user base.

BlackBerry has shown a steady decrease.

Operating system Device by type (in thousands)
13-Sep 14-Mar 14-Jun 14-Sep 14-Dec 15-Mar
iOS (smartphones and tablets) 650 785 775 805 914 978
BlackBerry 3 100 3 030 2 895 2 760 2 650 2 434
Android (smartphones and tablets) 1 450 2 190 2 560 3 362 4 314 5 413
Windows 270 375 410 449 476 536

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