Let’s be honest, life is getting expensive! If you’re looking for ways to bring down your everyday costs, saving on data is one way to do it. When you buy a new smartphone from Telkom at hi, you save big time with free WhatsApp, free IM, free SMSes and free calls*. Here’s how it works.

Step 1:

Choose your favourite new smartphone from Telkom at hi-online.co.za or in store

Here are our top picks:

Best value:

These devices have great specs for a great price

 Huawei Y5 Lite – R1699 | Tecno Spark 2 – R1799Samsung J4 – R2699

Top devices:

These top rated premium phones won’t disappointHonor 7C – R3599 |  iPhone 8 256GB – R14999 | Huawei P20 Pro – R16899  

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Step 2:

Your new phone in hand, it’s time to start claiming your freebies with FREEme!

First, you have to activate your free Telkom sim card by completing the RICA process. (In-store the hi assistant will help you, online the delivery person will help you) then simply insert it into your new phone and top up with a FREEme bundle.

But what’s so great about FREEme and why should you use it?

It gives you access to buy Telkom FREEme prepaid bundles that are not only cheaper than other networks but come with a lot of extras like:

  • Free Instant Messaging

Think of this as 500MB extra data dedicated to making calls and sending messages on Instant Messaging apps like WhatsApp, BBM and Viber

  • Free SMSes

If prefer SMS or you need to contact someone with an older phone who doesn’t use IM apps you get 100 free SMSes as well.

  • Free Calls

Each bundle comes with free minutes, which you can use to make good old-fashioned phone calls to any Telkom mobile or landline

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Customer FAQ: What does it mean for me when I buy a Telkom phone from hi?

This just means the phone you are buying from hi comes with a free Telkom sim card that you can choose to use if you like. You can still use your current sim card if you prefer. Your phone will carry a Telkom warranty and if you have a claim it will be sent back to them for assessment and repair should you need it.

*Ts&Cs apply. Subject to activation of a Telkom sim.