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Until now, Vodacom’s BlackBerry users in South Africa had to have credit cards or PayPal in order to buy apps from BlackBerry App World.

The South African cellular network and BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion (RIM) have just announced a new billing service that will enable Vodacom’s local customers to now buy apps and charge the transaction directly to their accounts. The service is not only limited to those with contracts, but can be used by Vodacom’s prepaid customers too, in which case the price of the app will be deducted from their prepaid accounts. Contract customers will see the amount of the app/s added to their regular bills.

To activate the service, access BlackBerry App World on your device, enter your BlackBerry user ID and password, and click on My Account. Once inside My Account, select Payment Options where “Bill through Vodacom” has now been added to the list. Select it and click next in order to save your choice.

We tried it, and the entire process of setting up the new billing process was quick and easy. We elected to purchase the Battery Saver app for R12 and was taken to a confirmation screen. After waiting a while, we received an error message, saying that the license key could not be traced, but moments later, we were emailed a proof of purchase receipt from BlackBerry App World saying that we had bought the app for R12. However, it did not show up under our downloaded apps. However, when we exited App World, found the app again and selected it for purchase, it was downloaded without a further hitch and without deducting money again.

“We have worked closely with RIM to make this functionality available for our BlackBerry smartphone customers,” says Prins Mhlanga, Managing Executive of Vodacom Digital Media. “Once again, Vodacom is improving the customer experience by unlocking the power of its network and services.”

Bob Bose, Regional Managing Director at RIM, says the company is happy to offer this convenience to Vodacom customers. “We’re delighted that Vodacom’s BlackBerry smartphone customers will be able to purchase app on BlackBerry App World and conveniently charge them to their regular phone bill from Vodacom,” he says. “By working closely with Vodacom, we are able to offer customers easier access to tens of thousands of apps ranging from productivity to entertainment.”

For further information about this integrated billing system, customers can visit Vodacom’s website or contact customer care on 111 from a Vodacom phone (dial 082 111 from any other phone), or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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