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
Huawei Ascend Y220
Nokia 520 Lumia
Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo
Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy Star
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini LTE
Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE
Vodafone 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)|
|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|