Get cash for old mobile to offset charges in South Africa

2 June 2010 — 3:49 PM

Get cash for old mobile to offset charges in South Africa

People heading to South Africa for the World Cup could find recycling their mobile phone for cash helps them to deal with the cost of using a device in the country.

Consumer Focus is warning the thousands of people heading off to support England at the tournament they face significant charges for browsing the internet and sending emails.

For example, some networks are demanding £8 per megabyte of data used, meaning it would cost fans £80 to upload ten photographs to Facebook.

In the UK, the cost of this would be almost 50 per cent less at £42.50, while calls are also more costly in South Africa.

"England fans need to be on the ball to make sure they don't get caught out by hundreds of pounds of hidden mobile phone costs at the World Cup, " says Nick Hutton, telecommunications expert at the organisation.

Three UK has this week announced it is halving data roaming charges for those in South Africa during June and July, making it the cheapest network for supporters.

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