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Introducing DreamLab – The App that helps fight COVID-19

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Help with COVID-19 and cancer research

Introducing DreamLab – a free, secure app from Vodafone Foundation that harnesses the power of a connected world. Join the thousands of people speeding up vital COVID-19 and cancer research while they sleep. #FightCOVID19InYourSleep tonight.

Vodacom in partnership with Vodafone is leading the charge against COVID-19 by #StayingConnected. Join the #DreamTeam, download the DreamLab app to help fight COVID-19 while you sleep. You can help us take the fight to COVID-19 by downloading DreamLab today.

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We have teamed up with Imperial College London to launch the new Corona-AI project, which harnesses the power of a connected world and DreamLab technology to help in the fight against COVID-19. DreamLab in the UK has been supporting Project DRUGS alongside Imperial College London in vital cancer research for over two years. This project is still available in the app and will continue in parallel with the new COVID-19-focused project.

How does the DreamLab App work:

DreamLab lets thousands of people help speed up vital COVID-19 and cancer research while they sleep. Best of all, it’s completely free and secure. Download DreamLab today, #SleepLikeAHero tonight. Scroll down in the projects tab in the app to select the project you would like to work on.

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Charge your phone overnight and #SleepLikeAHero.

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While you sleep, DreamLab taps into its unused processing power and turns your phone into a virtual supercomputer to support Covid-19 and vital cancer research.

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Your phone is capable of processing billions of calculations. DreamLab harnesses its power and lets it join the thousands of other DreamLab users across the UK to research better ways to fight COVID-19 and cancer.

 

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DreamLab and your data

DreamLab doesn’t access or collect personal or private information. It’ll ask to access photo and media folders to store tiny research problems in a directory while your phone processes and solves them. It’ll then only access the files it creates in that specific file directory – and nothing else.

No private information, no photos, no data – just incredibly important COVID-19 and cancer research data.

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5G is here! We answer the questions and debunk the myths!

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There has been a lot of talk and uncertainty surrounding 5G. With questions like; what is 5G, how does it work, what are the risks, when and where will it be available, and what will it cost? Fake news may even have you believing a base station could create and spread a virus, like COVID-19! So, we thought we would answer some of the questions around 5G and its launch in South Africa.

What is 5G?

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Well, many of us will remember when phones first started accessing the internet. WAP developed into slow 2G, patchy 3G and then the upgrade to current 4G/ LTE technology. The ever-increasing speeds started matching and competing with traditional fixed-line ADSL infrastructure. 5G (5th Generation) is the next evolution of this technology. It has the capability of offering faster, cheaper and a more stable connection than even Fibre.

How does 5G differ from Fibre?

It is best to understand the difference between Fibre and BroadBand internet. It has become acceptable to use the term broadband to describe any internet that is faster than the old dial-up from the 80’s.

In its true sense broadband refers to a band or grouping of radio frequencies that carry signal (in this case 5G data).

Fibre is different in that while it still transmits a signal, it does so using a single frequency laser (light) over a fibre optic cable – two different methods offering a similar service.

Which is better 5G or Fibre?

As fibre internet has entered into the realm of connectivity, we have seen a massive jump in speeds and ever faster internet connectivity. Fibre has proven to be fast, stable and allow for data to be transferred over much longer distances without significant signal loss.

Is it however heavily limited in the fact that it needs a physical connection (fibre cable) to transfer data. Laying this fibre “backbone” is probably the reason your street has been dug up recently!? Once your block or suburb has Fibre, you still need a service provider to install a connection between the backbone and your home, which at best takes days, at worst, weeks or even months.

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So, if Fibre is so fast, what is the benefits of 5G?

Since 5G works over radio frequency, it does not require cables to be laid, roads to be dug up and it can be activated immediately. The frequencies used to transmit the signal support faster speeds than current fibre technology offer. This makes 5G a much more suitable solution for mobile internet, and it will be essential for Internet of Things (IoT) devices such as connected homes and appliances, self-driving cars, drones, cameras and more.

How fast will 5G be?

Super damn fast! With indicative speeds of 20 Gigabytes download per second and 10GB upload (4G is at 300mbps and 75MBmbps) and a latency of less than one millisecond. 5G will blow Fibre away in terms of speed. Streaming an 8K Full HD movie from Netflix or Showmax will be a breeze with virtually zero lag.

When will 5G be available?

While Vodacom has officially launched their 5G service, there are only 20 active base stations – 18 in Gauteng and 2 in Cape Town. We are still a while away from mass adoption. Like 4G and 3G before it, we can expect Vodacom to focus its rollout program to major cities and hubs.

What is 5G going to cost?

Well, first you will need a 5G device. Your current phone or modem will not be able to transmit and decode the 5G signal. The first 5G handset that will be released by Cellucity is LG V50 ThinQ with a suggested retail price of R14299. We have seen a delay in the arrival of the new 5G routers, but we will have two models arriving shortly. The Nokia Fastmile 5G Gateway 1 with an expected retail price of R6499 and the Huawei 5G CPE Pro – expected to price around R12999. These devices will be offered, bundled on 5G internet plans on both 24 and 36-month deals. Deals are suggested to start from R899pm. But don’t rush to your nearest store just yet, the initial stock has been delayed and coverage is very limited.

Will a 5G Device work in areas with no 5G Coverage?

Yes, devices will still support current frequency ranges. 5G devices will just include the ability to process 5G signal. The handover between frequencies should also be seamless. Building a broad 5G network will take years, it would be nonsensical to develop a device that doesn’t support current 3G and 4G technology.

What are the downsides of 5G?

Currently, our 4G / LTE connections use frequencies that are below 6Mhz to deliver internet speeds. 5G connections will use spectrum up to 24Ghz. For cellular to match Fibre internet, networks have required access to a wider range of spectrum frequency. This frequency allocation has been strictly controlled and limited by the Government.

The lower the frequency spectrum, the further your radio wave can travel, and the more it can penetrate through materials. For example, your FM radio operates up to 300Mhz and has a wavelength of around 1m.  Current 4G/ LTE cellphones use frequencies from 900Mhz and up. Its wavelengths are measure in centimetres. With 5G, the wavelength is measured in millimetres. This does pose some problems for the design of 5G networks: Millimeter waves are easily blocked by foliage and buildings. For sufficient coverage, it will require many closely spaced micro base stations, called small cells.

Fortunately, these stations are much cheaper, smaller and require less power than traditional cell towers. They can be placed atop buildings, light posts or anywhere outside your home.

Is 5G it safe?

Many of the health concerns are over 5G’s use of millimetre-wave radiation but not all radiation is equal.

“There’s often confusion between ionising and non-ionizing radiation because the term radiation is used for both,” said Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at Pennsylvania State University. “All light is radiation because it is simply energy moving through space. It is ionising radiation that is dangerous because it can break chemical bonds.”

“Ionising radiation is the reason we wear sunscreen outside because short-wavelength ultraviolet light from the sky has enough energy to knock electrons from their atoms, damaging skin cells and DNA.

Millimetre waves used for 5G, on the other hand, are non-ionizing because they have longer wavelengths and not enough energy to damage cells directly.”

Did 5G create or help spread COVID-19?

Fake news around the launch of 5G has been spreading for a while. What possibly started as a joke or a hoax, has spread and developed a cult-like following.  The origins are unclear, but most people will realise the absurdity of such a claim – similar to the flat earth conspiracy theories. For those still a little unsure, it is verifiably untrue. Viruses are parasitic organisms. To suggest a cellular tower can create and spread structured genetic material, out of thin air, is patently false.

 

So, there we have it, SUPER FREAKING FAST, Super freaking safe!

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The Best Just Got Better

Our top-selling phone last year was the amazing Huawei P30 Lite. Offering incredible value with specifications that pleased a wide selection of consumers, it was simply a hit!

Great processing power, fantastic camera’s, sexy look and all at a reasonable price that didn’t break the bank!

So what has the new P40 Lite got to offer? Well much of the same but, with an upgraded feature set! The camera array has been boosted to a 48MP Main Camera, 8MP Ultrawide, 2MP Macro lens and 2MP Bokeh lens. The front-facing selfie camera now comes in at 16MP with a cool new “Super Night Selfie Mode”, delivering great shots at night time or in the club!

The camera also packs in Artificial Intelligence (AI), to give you better selfies, popping panoramas and lively landscapes.

Charging has also had a turbo boost added and sports superfast charging at 40W. It is incredible how quickly you can pump your baby up when you on the run and only have 15 minutes to juice up. Packing a 4200 mAh battery the phone will outlast your hectic social schedule easily.

The overall design is super slick and looks the business. Something anyone would be proud to pull out and plant on the coffee table while grabbing a hazelnut mocha café latte 😊. The fingerprint sensor has been moved onto the side of the phone, a feature which I loved on the Sony Xperia range.

As with the other P40 series phones, the P40 Lite sports Huawei Mobile Service (HMS) and the Huawei App Store, which while at this stage doesn’t incorporate all the apps you may be used to but it does cater for the main ones.

So go on be different, be creative and do it better with the P40 Lite.

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Best Buys for 2020 with Cellucity

Good deals are hard to come by – everyone is advertising the best price and the best deal – where do you start? Depending on what you are looking for the search for the ultimate win is often long and drawn out. We here at Cellucity want to make this journey a little easier so we have carefully selected our best budget buys for 2020 in a range of categories to help you out

SMARTPHONES

The Cubot brand is synonymous with great value and their two new offerings are no different. The Cubot P30 and Cubot X20 Pro offer premium specs at budget friendly devices.

CUBOT P30

Coming in at R2999 the Cubot P30 offers a 6.3 Inch display, 64GB onboard memory and 4GB RAM. Along with the triple rear camera and 13MP selfie camera you also get a 4000mAh battery ensuring that your device lasts you through the day. With a conveniently placed fingerprint sensor the Cubot P30 does not compromise on design and offer a premium look. Available online here https://bit.ly/2wkrLNu

Cubot X20 Pro

The Cubot X20 Pro offers an impressive 6GB RAM, 128GB onboard memory as well as a 6.3 Inch FHD+ display. The Cubot X20 Pro offers a triple rear camera, 13MP selfie camera, 4000mAh battery and is encased in a beautiful glass body design. All this for R3999. Check it out here  https://bit.ly/2PCVyrF

Both devices perform beautifully, come in black and blue, are Dual SIM and would most certainly not look out of place next to more expensive options out there.

AUDIO

Whether you are looking at something for the gym, something for work or something to help you with down time we have some great deals for you this month

ENOD

Our very own ENOD brand of true wireless earphones are powerful in ear buds that come with a charging case compact enough to carry around. Offered in either blue or black the sound quality is fantastic and the 500mAh charging case will offer enough power to see you through a full week of gym workouts. The secure fit ensures that even when you are having an intense workout the buds remain secure. With an IPX5 sweatproof design you can pick up a pair for R799 this month from our online store here https://bit.ly/2TwjJcB

PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO 600

The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 are a fantastic over ear option for either work or entertainment. The Plantronics BackBeat Go 600 headset is lightweight and wireless. With memory foam cups and a compact design these headsets are perfect for travelers. Offering advanced acoustic technology for deep, rich sound the PLantroncis BackBeat Go 600 are on sale this month for R999 saving you R500 – get them here https://bit.ly/32Po3Id

For our daily travelers (the brave souls who can’t stay home currently) we have a fantastic range of in-ear wired headsets that you can easily pop in your pocket or handbag for the daily trek. Starting from R149 our range of Recci and Langsdom headsets offer quality build and sound at fantastic pricing – Get yours today here https://bit.ly/2PRNfIP

KIDS GAMING

With school holidays having come early and along with it the need to keep your kiddies inside and safe – we have the perfect companions to keep them from getting bored and frustrated.

LARRY’S RETRO GAMING CONSOLE

Our Larry’s Retro Gaming Console offers up great nostalgia – taking you back to the nineties with classics like super Mario Brothers and Circus. Load Shedding? No problem! This handy little gadget is battery operated ensuring that even when the lights go out , the fun doesn’t. On offer for R399 find yours here https://bit.ly/2Us2NEx

LARRY’S VISUAL PET

Taking us back to the 90’s yet again -the era of the  Tamogochi has made another appearance! The Larry’s Virtual Pet offers a variety of different animals to choose from and hours of fun for your little one. At R199 this is a firm favourite here at Cellucity HQ – find it here https://bit.ly/2wlmHsw

WEARABLES

iTouch Air 2

A new addition to our catalogue is the iTouch Air 2 Smartwatch. Offering up a classic and sporty design the iTouch Air 2 is a great and affordable way for those wanting to kick up their fitness regime. Along with the classic fitness features such as a Heart Rate Monitor , the iTouch Air 2 also features notifications for calls and messages. Armed with an alarm and stop watch this device is a firm favourite with our Head Office Team and a steal at only R899. Get yours here https://bit.ly/3bc3tof

 

GAMING

With so many brands available we appreciate that the search for the perfect gaming gear can be complicated.

PLANTRONICS RIG RANGE

Our current star is the Plantronics Rig range of headsets. With a sturdy build and comfortable design the range comes in version for PC, XBOX and PS4. With ventilated earcups and noise cancelling mics the Rig series are also backed by a 2 year warranty. Starting from R899 we are confident that if you are looking for great value on a budget you cannot go wrong with these. Find them here https://bit.ly/33HR5tG

ACCESSORIES

ENERGEA POWERBANKS

From cables to power banks our wide range of Energea accessories offers something for everyone. With our power banks ranging from 5000mAh to 20000mAh – whether you are looking for something in an emergency or something to last the long haul we have it. See the full range here https://bit.ly/3abfI4o

ENERGEA CABLES

Our cables are also strong, durable and made from the highest quality materials. With our Duraglitz range coming with a 5 year warranty and our Nylotough Xtreme range coming with a 10 year warranty you can be sure you are getting a great deal! See the range here https://bit.ly/2QxEKCI

 

Our great deals are by no means limited to the above products – check out our website for more great offers. Any questions pop us a message on our Whatsapp line on 0827784400. After hours? Email frankie@cellucity.co.za and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Remote Meetings? What’s the best way to connect?

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Working from home is becoming a necessity to help flatten the curve. What facilities or services are available to make meetings and interactions with your colleagues and customers?

For larger organisations, many will already have a preferred teleconference service like Microsoft Teams or a platform like Zoom. For a smaller SME or business what services are available for you to use for virtual meetings.

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Firstly, you need to consider a few things, cost, privacy and method of communication.

From a cost perspective a voice call dial out from your mobile would be based on your existing contract package, so best to check what your per minute/ second cost is and possibly purchase additional Voice Minute bundles through the “My Vodacom” app as and when you need.

A cheaper option would then be voice calls via WhatsApp, Facetime (Apple),Facebook Messenger or Skype. Here privacy becomes a concern. Some employees or customer may not want to engage with their mobile number (WhatsApp & Facetime) or reveal their Facebook profiles. That’s where Skype is a more ideal option.

For straight “voice calls” via Skype/ Whatsapp / Facetime / Messenger they use roughly 0.15MB to 0.5MB per minute so are very cost-effective.

When you start looking a Video Calls and Conferencing services the most popular services presently would be Skype and Google Hangouts. Depending on the video quality selected, the quality of your camera and the number of participants on the Video call, the data consumption can be anything from 5MB up to around 25MB per minute.

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Ideally, for Video Calls, it is ideal to use Wi-Fi or a Fiber connection for large or lengthy calls. A two-person Video Conference can consume between 300MB and 1GB of data over an hour.  So, if using a mobile be cognizant of what data bundle you have.

The quality of Skype and Google Hangouts / Meet are very good, but for larger meetings, it is often better to use a subscription-based service, such as Zoom or Cisco’s Webex which provides a far more reliable solution. Both these paid services do offer either a free plan or a limited trial free plan.

Our online team have suggested some must-have, work from home products, here

 

Established in 1994, Cellucity is a specialist mobile phone retailer and Vodacom’s leading independent, award-winning, dealer. We pride ourselves on offering the best service, innovation, quality brands and innovative products. For real 24-hour convenience, browse our extensive range of cell phones, accessories and gadgets online or apply for pre-approval on your next contract, upgrade or fibre internet.
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Get the most days off with our 2020 public holiday calendar!

Already caught up in the chaos of 2020? Then, you’ll be happy to know that your next holiday may not be too far away.
 
South Africa’s 2020 public holiday calendar is treating you to FOUR long weekends, and we’ve compiled a calendar of sneaky leave days so that you can treat yourself to an extended break, why not!
Download a printable copy here: Cellucity_Holiday_Calendar_2020
 
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Why you should get a DUAL-SIM phone

Dual-SIM phones have been around for a while now but, to protect revenue, most networks around the globe do not sell them, instead favouring the conventional Single SIM models. With advances in Dual-SIM technology and with amazing SIM-only deals buying a dual SIM phone has become much more compelling. 

Here are nine of the benefits of buying a Dual-SIM Phone:

1) One phone to rule them all. If you have more than one SIM card, you no longer need to worry about carrying two phones at once. There is also no need to fuss about switching SIM cards, often at the risk of misplacing the SIM that is not in use.

2) Dual-SIM phones are SIM Free. This means they are not locked to a specific network and you can sign up to any provider you like. You are free to use a Travel SIM when you travel internationally and still keep your local number active in case of business or emergency. All this without having to worry about swapping SIM cards, unlocking your phone or even having to buy a new one.

3) Separate work and play. Have a SIM card for business and another SIM for personal use. Dual-SIM phones are intelligent and allow you to select which number you want to phone or text from and will even let you know which number an incoming call or text is coming to. You will always know if it’s a business or personal before making that call or receiving that text.

4) Stress-free expense claims. If you are required to submit a company expense claim for your work calls, you can now split them over two SIM cards. No more slaving over phone bills with a highlighter and a calculator to work out what’s what.

5) Get the best out of two different deals. If you’ve found a plan that offers a good deal for calls and texts but another that offers better value for data, you can sign up for both plans and make the most out of each of them. Dual-SIM phones now even let you select which SIM you want to be set as default for each service, making it hassle-free. 

6) Better network coverage. Networks can provide 100% network coverage everywhere. Often, where one network has limited signal, another may have excellent coverage.  Being with two different networks increases your likelihood of coverage – especially if you live in or travel through rural areas. Some dual-SIM phones even support Dual-SIM 4G offering you faster data speeds by processing data from both SIM cards at the same time.

7) Never miss a call. A dual-SIM phone lets you talk on one line and still receive calls from the other. You can pause and switch between calls instead of having the second call go straight to voicemail.

8) Save with a Travel SIM. With a dual SIM phone, you can take advantage of cheaper rates overseas by having a local travel SIM. Be done with huge international roaming bills for good.

9) App-Twin. This is our my favourite innovation in Dual SIM technology. Newer Dual SIM phones support App-Twin, allowing you to load two versions of the same app. – one for each number. If you need a WhatsApp account for each number or need to run multiple social media accounts (eg: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) for work and personal, you can have two of each application running on your phone at the same time. No more posting personal pictures on your company profile.

Cellucity is the leading stockist of Dual-SIM phones in South Africa. Browse our complete range here: https://cellucity.co.za/phones/dual-sim-phones/

 

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Want to save on your contract bill? A SIM-only contract may be your answer!

SIM-only deals

A SIM-only deal offers a package of minutes, texts and mobile data for a monthly cost, much the same as a traditional mobile phone contract. The difference, however, is that you BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device) and don’t get a new handset; you get the SIM… only!

So, why should you opt for a SIM-only contract?

Well firstly, SIM-only deals tend to be cheaper, as with traditional contracts you’re paying a premium each month within your agreement to pay off the actual cost of your phone PLUS interest. So, with a SIM-only deal (i.e. without getting a new phone) you’ll save money each month. On top of the savings, going SIM-only means that you can focus on getting the best deal to suit your usage needs – rather than just dealing with the tariffs available to ensure you get the handset you want.

 

The Advantages of SIM-Only

SIM-only deals are fast becoming one of the most popular options when getting a new phone contract. Compared to traditional mobile phone contracts, SIM-only deals have many advantages.

SIM-only deals tend to be cheaper. New handsets are expensive, and as you’re not forking out for a handset with your contract, networks don’t need to charge you as much for their services, which brings your monthly payments down.

Another advantage of going SIM-only is that it’s easier to pass the credit check. If you’ve ever been turned down for a phone contract in the past, opting for a SIM-only deal might be the best solution for getting the phone and tariff that you want. Again, because mobile phone networks aren’t ‘renting’ you a mobile phone handset, it not only brings down the price of your contract, but it also makes you a low-risk candidate.

If you have a Dual-SIM phone, splitting your Voice and Data SIM’s is probably one of the most effective ways of saving money. By getting a SIM-Only Data SIM, you can take advantage of the benefits of massively reduced data prices while still keeping your voice line costs down.

 

How does SIM-only work?

SIM-only deals are simple: select the right package of minutes, texts and data that suits your needs, insert the SIM card into your phone, and you’re good to go.

Users also have one of two options when going for a SIM-only deal. Content with your existing handset? Because you’re only paying for a SIM card, you can pop your new SIM into your current mobile and immediately start saving the pennies! Alternatively, you can purchase the phone of your choice SIM-free, which is great for users who find it tricky getting past the credit check.

And did you know that you can still keep your phone number with a SIM-only contract, even if you switch networks? Just ask your assistant to port your existing cellphone number from your current mobile provider.

Whether you are looking for Data, Top Up, or Voice Contracts, we have SIM-only deals to suit everyone: https://cellucity.co.za/contract-deals/sim-only-contracts/

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FAKEBOOK, a fraudsters dream.

A lot has been said about the large tech companies and their dominance in their respective areas. As we all become so reliant on our technology to keep us; up to date with current affairs, our social lives, or help us with a plethora of day to day decisions, how much do we trust these large tech companies to operate in our best interests?

The answer should be easy and with Google’s much-touted ethos of “Do no evil”, do all the tech giants operate with a solid moral compass and govern themselves with ethics?

Facebook has been hauled before the US government and European Parliament to explain its stance on a variety of issues. Most noteworthy is its acceptance of targeting advertising and posts with the explicit intention of swaying elections – even going so far as to allow political parties to post fake information. Something we experienced here in South Africa was the Bell Pottinger PR scandal. The PR firms’ exploits on social media were designed to create negative sentiments in our country and breed discontent amongst different race groups – something this weekend’s Rugby World cup victory will hopefully have helped to amend.

And, while Zuckerberg has ducks and dives in front of world leaders, and Facebook tries to launch its cryptocurrency, Libra, I for one am incredibly concerned over Facebook’s plans for the future.

With the launch of Facebook’s Marketplace, Facebook is starting to eat away at the classified listing places with the likes of Gumtree and eBay. With more and more talk of Conversational Commerce and selling utilizing its WhatsApp service, you can see why Facebook wants its Libra currency to become the dominant means of exchange.

Now, if Facebook and dear old Mark where upstanding global citizens, they would be showing some modicum of care and duty in “trying to take over the world” (Pinky and The Brain, references intended) we would gladly champion their efforts. Instead, our experience with them thus far has been from satisfactory and, it seems they have a profit-above-all-else motivation.

 

For corporates, having a business presence on Facebook is a great way to engage with customers. Facebook advertising, utilizing the plethora of intelligent algorithms, offers post boosts, audience targeting, shopping feeds and a host of customization tools. These are services which Facebook makes readily available to you to throw advertising dollars into their money-making marketing machine.

But what happens when something goes wrong? Is there a customer care department you can call? An account manager you can reach out to? An easy or transparent method to communicate with “The Man”? The short answer is NO.

In the past, we have had fraudulent individual pages set up on Facebook with the page owner claiming to be an employee and selling fraudulent items on the side. Each time a page was identified, your only recourse is to go onto the page and report it to Facebook. It is basically like throwing a message in a bottle into the ocean and hope it reaches Mark while he’s vacationing in the Caribbean.

It took us over seven months to eventually have the pages deleted and the email addresses being used to set up these accounts barred from Facebook and this only after managing to track and reach out to the head of Facebook in SA. In that time, though, countless people around the globe were defrauded, with no recourse and no way to report the crime in their countries of residence.

Fast forward to this past week; we picked up a new Facebook page created called Cellucity ZA. The page was designed to look exactly like us. They were holding a competition for consumers to stand in line to win the latest Samsung Galaxy S10. To win, you simply had to like and share the post and follow the page. The winners were to be announced on Friday 1st November.

So, again, we report this page. We encouraged all of our users to do the same, in the hopes that somebody at Facebook will find the complaint and take action. Facebook offers no record of the complaint, reference number, or status update. They must have a level of responsibility to act quickly, in to protect both their user base and us, a corporate advertiser on their platform. Fortunately, we posted up a page detailing the fraudulent page, and luckily the average users today, are wising up a little, as the “winners” were sent a link via FB Messenger where they needed to enter their address and credit card details. Many wisened up and started checking the validity of the page directly with us.

Some, were not so lucky and our Facebook inbox this past Friday was flooded with consumers wanting to know if the competition page was legitimate because they had won, where could they collect their prize? The page is no longer active today, a full six days after it was first reported. At last glance, the page had garnered over 8000 likes and shares – in a matter of two days — but still no response or feedback from Facebook.

 

So, my question to Facebook as a paying Corporate customer using your platform, why can you not:

  • Verify the identity of corporate when pages are created?
  • Help a corporate protect its brand and logos from not being misappropriated to be used on fake pages.
  • Setup a helpline, live chat or contact centre for your paying customers to assist them.
  • Allow a corporate to validate employment of users purporting to work/have worked at a corporate

 

Facebook, you have a long way to go to win the trust of governments, businesses and users before you venture into Libra and begin the shift to conversational commerce and banking. I suggest you start by focusing on protecting the rights of both your individual and corporate users.

 

Chris Henschel

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Huawei Nova 5T, launching at Cellucity soon…

 

With Huawei being caught up in the Trump trade war, we managed to miss out on getting access to the rather incredible Huawei Mate 30 Pro.

The US Trade blacklist of Huawei has prevented it from licensing Android technology from Google and gaining access to Google Services, that are used, to power Google’s apps. So as incredible as the Huawei Mate 30 hardware is, vendors around the globe haven’t been too keen to roll the dice on a device that lacked access to essential applications like Google Maps, You Tube etc…

With us heading towards Christmas season and Samsung and Apple launching their latest iconic devices, Huawei needed to bring something to the party!

 

Huawei Nova – Crush Blue

Enter the Huawei Nova 5T, planned and approved before the US blacklist this photography powerhouse is still Google approved and runs Android Pie (9). Whilst the Nova range has traditionally not available in the South African market, Huawei has opted to release it here and it will be available early in November 2019.

The NOVA lineup, in the Huawei stable, sits in between the youth-focused Y-series and the more premium orientated P-series. It offers an aspirational trendsetter, a phone that is as unique as it is powerful!

First off, the stunning colours Mid-Summer Purple and Crush Blue, give a fresh new funky look, my preference being the Purple, which subtly has the Nova logo etched into the facia creating a dynamic wow appeal. It really has to be seen “in the flesh” to be appreciated.

 

 

 

 

Huawei Nova – Mid-Summer Purple

From a tech perspective, the Nova is not all just about style and very much about brilliant photography. A rear array of quad cameras leading with 48MP main camera, Macro lens, 16MP Ultra Wide Angle lens with supporting Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help optimize scene selection, your photos will be the envy of your Instagram followers!

And if taking greater photos was not enough, the front-facing camera is a staggering 32MP and also sports AI to ensure your Selfies always have you looking your best.

Other stand out features are a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 8GB of RAM (great for gaming apps like PUBG) and 128GB onboard memory, the Nova 5T certainly ticks all the boxes!

The Huawei Nova 5T will be priced from R599 per month on a Vodacom contract and will retail for R11999. It is certainly going to be a strong contender against the more expensive “iconic” devices when comparing its specs.

The first 2000 lucky owners in SA will also receive a Huawei MediaPad T5 tablet valued at R3999. All in all, the Huawei Nova 5T is a great choice for this summer! For more information visit www.cellucity.co.za

 

 

 

 

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*this article was edited on 23/10/2019 to reflect the confirmed recommended retail price.