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Welcome 2022 with FASTA credit solutions

January 2022, the perfect time to take a step into the future and upgrade your home into a smart home! But, if you’re like most of us, you may find January to be the longest three months of the year.

We’re here to tell you that, with FASTA and Mobicred credit solutions you can have your cake and eat it too! You can upgrade your home, your smartphone AND your wearable devices ALL on credit. Janu-worry no more.

 

But what exactly is FASTA you may be asking yourselves as you fill your cart to bursting? FASTA (Pty) Ltd is an instant credit solution that offers you   to help ease the pressure of surviving JanuWorry. Now you can thrive and survive the post festive season (and if you happen to know any January babies… well, maybe they will even get a birthday present this year too).

 

FASTA’s purpose is to provide financial assistance simply and quickly, anytime, anywhere.  Now you can stick to those resolutions you made to get fitter, to beat your best or to simply stay organised with our wonderful range of terrific tech goodies. If you’re wondering where to start with setting up a Smart Home, the Mi Smart Home Hub should definitely be in that cart!

 

The Mi Smart Home Hub is a smart home control center that can connect with Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mesh smart devices. The hub and other devices can be freely combined into a flexible and diverse system to realize remote control for mobile phones, and smart scenes for smart home devices. With the Mi Smart Home, you can control every aspect of your smart home by turning on the light when back home, turning off devices when leaving home, detecting and notifying about motion and much more!

 

If that’s not your vibe, then just take your culinary skills into the future with the Mi Smart Air Fryer. This little beauty will definitely make you feel like you’re living in the year 3000! It’s equipped with a dual-speed motor and NTC thermistor sensor. In addition to high-temperature air frying, it can be used to defrost, ferment, and bake various dried fruits, vegetables and meat at low temperatures. It successfully integrates with multi-function uses of an oven, microwave oven, dried fruit machine and a yoghurt machine, all-in-one!

 

If food and fancy features aren’t to your taste, don’t worry. Challenge yourself in 2022 to live your best life with the Mi Watch. The Mi Watch is your perfect lifestyle and sportswear companion. lighter than a lipstick tube, it’s the perfect gadget to take your workouts to the next level.

 

This year, shop smartly, safely and FASTA. Visit: https://mia.africa.com/ now!

The top 10 gifts for the techie in your life

Where did 2021 go? It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating and toasting to the New Year. But, here we are again… about to enter the whirlwind of socially-distanced social gatherings and gift giving. While many claim that it’s ‘the thought that counts’ we know that it’s really the gift that counts. Which is why we have put together the gift guides to rule all gift guides. Keep scrolling if you’re looking for the perfect gift to give yourself (or your favourite techie).

MiWatch 

Our sources tell us that 2022 is going to be the year of the ‘come-back’ where we get active and live our best lives!

The MiWatch is the perfect lifestyle and sportswear companion. The all-day Always-On Display feature can display time, even in direct sunlight. 

With a myriad of features including a battery life that can last up to 50-hours in outdoor sports mode and a blood oxygen testing functionality to keep tabs on your health status any time! 

The built-in 12nm process high-end Airoha GPS chip supports synchronous positioning by the four major positioning systems: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BDS so you can run through your neighbourhood, follow your favourite trails or discover new ones on your bold journey to a more active lifestyle. 

So treat your favourite tech-geek to a top of the range (and feather light) smart-watch that will not only measure steps, monitor heart rate, log a variety of workouts AND tell you the time when you need it. 

Mi Vacuum cleaner mini 

If you thought that a vacuum cleaner isn’t a sexy festive gift, then you haven’t set your peepers on our Mi Vacuum cleaner mini. It’s slimmer than a thermos flask, with a diameter of 55mm. 

But please don’t think this little cleaner isn’t up to the challenge of keeping our organised chaos clean, when the battery is fully charged this little beauty reaches 13,000 Pa in high gear and 7,760 Pa in low gear. 

The Mi Vacuum cleaner mini also has a filtering efficiency that reaches 99.987% as well as a battery life that lasts 30 mins on low power and 9 mins on full. Perfect for cleaning crumbs out of your keyboard or giving your car a quick internal spruce before picking up your favourite relative.

Redmi Note 10 Pro 

The festive season brings with it a plethora of picture perfect moments that absolutely must be captured! The Redmi Note 10 Pro retails on our site for R5,499.00 and comes with all the latest bells, whistles and an absolutely epic 108MP camera that would make any aspiring influencer drool. 

The Redmi Note 10 Pro does NOT compromise durability when it comes to its flagship level design and is the perfect balance of beauty and quality – designed with the user in mind. 

Its new Arc side fingerprint sensor now sits flush with the device, seamlessly integrated for a more comfortable in-hand feel without compromising ease of use. The Redmi Note 10 Pro is as elegant as it is durable, with its Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front, protecting from everyday scuffs and scratches. 

Perfectly paired with the NEW Mi Portable Photo Printer so that they can print out each memorable moment as and when it happens. (The oldies at xmas lunch will love an actual copy)

Mi Portable Photo Printer (and refill paper

The pocket sized printer is quite literally the perfect gift to give this festive season. Not only is it lightweight and portable (well duh) but it’s easy to connect to *any* mobile device via Bluetooth and it can be paired with up to three devices. Which makes this perfect for parties, pool days and (school) performances. 

The Mi Portable Photo Printer prints to sticky backed photo paper and can print up to 20 prints on a single charge! 

While we have your attention, it’s definitely an idea to include a stack of refill paper with your purchase, or else it’ll be December 1996 all over again when you got that new remote control car, but (gasp, shock and horror) batteries were not included and shops weren’t open! 

Mi Smart Home Hub 

While we’re all living in 2021, we promise you that your super rad, amazingly cool and incredibly chic neighbour has been living in the year 3021 and has been turning their house into a smart home. 

The Mi Smart Home Hub is a smart home control center that can connect with Wi-Fi, Zigbee, Bluetooth and Bluetooth Mesh smart devices. Your tech obsessed bestie or significant other will absolutely love and adore you and will probably write a stellar product review on this one! 

But if they’re taking the first tentative steps in the smart direction and the thought of food gets them more excited than a streamlined hub, look no further than the Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L. 

Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L 

It’s not just an Air Fryer… It’s also a yoghurt maker, a dehydrator, a microwave oven and an electric oven. 

The Mi Smart Air Fryer includes eight preset modes and a 360-degree hot air circulation which allows for cooking food with less oil and fat. And for the busy person it supports up to 24 hour scheduled cooking! Simply pop your food in the Air Fryer in advance and come home to a hot delicious meal waiting for you. 

This little beauty has revolutionised life, it makes adulting a dream and will make you and your kitchen a gourmet chef’s paradise. It saves on counter space and will definitely be kind to your electricity bill – a scrumptious cake in half the time – YES PLEASE! 

Mi TV Stick 

We all love unwinding in front of the TV after a long day of staring at a laptop screen, why not take your viewing pleasure to the next level with the Mi TV stick? This little baby has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built-in storage. You can catch all your favourite shows from DStv on the DStv App (downloadable from the play store) and stream all the binge-worthy shows from Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

It’s powered by Android TV 9.0 for superior functionality. It’s also a smart system, smart way to watch, has Chromecast built-in and you can quickly cast photos, videos, music and all your favourite content from any device right to your TV.

The Mi TV Stick is a powerful entertainment tool that will revolutionise the way you enjoy TV. 

Mi TV Box 

With the future of television looking digital (we’re looking at you local broadcasting company that wants us to pay double for Netflix) a Mi TV Box is the perfect gift for the binge watching techies in your life! 

This little device will turn any old TV or even PC monitor into a smart TV. The Mi TV Box runs on the latest Android TV 8.1 is easy to use, supports voice controls and your favorite apps such as Netflix, DSTV Now, VUDU, YouTube, SlingTV and more! Experience stunning 4K HDR visuals and DOLBY DTS for an immersive experience.

Mi Smart Speaker 

If your household enjoys a Mi TV Box, you had better be sure it will LOVE a Mi Smart Speaker. Enjoy clear, richly detailed sound that fills the room at any volume. It also supports DTS Customized Sound. If your favourite techie is a movie buff as well, all you’ll need to do in order to get surround sound is to pair two speakers together in the same room for stereo separation and a more detailed sound. 

The Mi Smart Speaker will take your auditory enjoyment to the next level! 

Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K pro 

For many a tech-whiz a smart home is not a smart home without a state of the art home security system. Make their festive dreams come true with the Mi 360 Home Security Camera 2K pro. 

The camera’s connect via bluetooth and wifi and play without a lag. The 940-nm infrared light with no visible red glow leaves you and your family to sleep undisturbed; features a high-sensitivity image sensor, and displays colour video in low-light. 

When you don’t want camera monitoring enabled, you can enable the physical shield via the Mi Home app. Once enabled, the camera lens will automatically rotate downwards inside of the case to protect your privacy.

Supports 2.4 GHz/5 GHz dual-band Wi-Fi connections, reduces signal interference, improves transmission speed, and provides a more stable connection with no lag.

The Mi 360° Home Security Camera 2K Pro features a built-in Bluetooth gateway. Connect Bluetooth devices to view device data via the Mi Home app. Access settings to link your device with other Xiaomi smart devices.

Wouldn’t it be great if this was one of Oprah Winfrey’s epic Christmas shows where we could randomly shout, ‘You’re getting one of everything, and YOU’RE getting one of everything! Everyone’s getting one of everything!!’ 

And while we can’t, you certainly can buy one of everything with a simple click or two of the mouse (or trackpad) and make the festive season of 2021, one remember! 

Let’s face it, any present under the tree that isn’t a Xiaomi product might as well be a lump of coal. 

For more, visit our online store: https://mia.africa.com/shop/

Introducing the NEW Xiaomi 11T Pro

Just when we thought we had our festive gift lists sorted… The NEW Xiaomi 11T Pro just landed in time to shake the pretend snow off the plastic fir leaves. 

There are many amazing smartphones on the market, each one promising to be the best, but let us tell you, the new Xiaomi 11T Pro leaves them all behind. 

We could wax lyrical on the hyper-charging functionality and we could tell you, again, that with a 5 000 milliamp battery you can go from 0% – fully charged in minutes. We promise you, in less than twenty minutes you can breathe a sigh of relief and go on to capture the world around you! 

We could also tell you that it has a 6.67inch (that’s 16.94 cm’s to us South Africans) amoled screen 120 hertz. Which is  great, it really is, but what really sets the Xiaomi 11T Pro apart from the rest is its cinema worthy, absolutely insane camera capabilities. 

The camera on this device is quite literally CINEMAGIC. It allows you to turn your life into a truly cinematic memory. Whether you’re more of an ameteur and take incredible photographs with brilliant vibrant visuals or you prefer to capture your world in serious studio-grade videography. 

With leading computational videography and top of the line pro-grade cameras with professional special effects and creative options mean that you can live your best life on and off the ‘gram or YouTube. 

We really could spend all day listing the fabulous features available to you on this device, but we’d rather you shop for your own device here and see just how incredible the tele macro lense is.  And if that’s not enough you can also record ambient background noise to give your home movies that extra little bit of spice! Alfred Hitchcock can move over, there’s a new award winning director in town, [Insert your name here].

The Xiaomi 11T Pro is all about capturing and engaging with the world around you, so step into our universe and create magic while you live magic. Experience it yourself! 

Read more now : https://memeburn.com/gearburn/2021/10/xiaomi-11t-pro-launches-in-south-africa-price-and-details/

Decisions, Decisions – To Redmi Note 10 Pro or To Redmi Note 10S?

Spring has sprung! A new season often brings with it new wardrobes, new exercise regimes and of course new mobile devices, which you can buy from our online store: https://mia.africa.com

This month, we are comparing the Redmi Note 10S and the Redmi Note 10 Pro, both awesome devices with really great features. If we’re being honest, we can’t choose our favourite!

The Redmi Note 10 Pro
We’re going to start with the Redmi Note 10 Pro, which was launched last month and is now available from our online store. With its slim shape and curved screen, this sexy little number will work with any outfit – and occasion. You can slip it into a jacket pocket, tuck it away in a clutch or nestle it in the bottom of your bag. And while the size and sleek shape are desirable, the camera, sound and display functions are what really set the Redmi Note 10 Pro apart from other smartphones on the market. 

But that’s not the only thing about this device that will bring the heat this Summer, the display has IPS LCD, 120Hz, HDR10 and 450 nits (typ) with 1080 x 2400 pixels and a 20:9 ratio. Perfect for viewing the many pictures you’ll take with the 108MP camera with the LED flash, HDR and panorama functionality – which is perfect for capturing your socially distanced Summertime gatherings. 

While we’re talking Summertime festivities we cannot overlook the sound the Redmi Note 10 Pro comes with stereo speakers and 24-bit/192Hz audio – jamming out to the hits will be great-if you prefer a more solo music experience you can always buy a pair of Xiaomi Mi True Wireless earbuds, which will help alleviate any and all awkwardness at the family gatherings when “Aunty” starts asking you why you’re still single. 

Redmi Note 10S
If you’re “vaxxed”, waxed and ready to relax with friends and live your best life on the “gram” you might want to buy the Redmi Note 10S in Onyx Grey (we’re currently giving away a pair of Mi True Wireless Earphones Basic 2 with each device brought (Ts&Cs apply). 

This gorgeous piece of tech will cost you R4,999.00 but as mentioned currently comes with a complimentary pair of earphones and is available on credit options such as Mobicred and FASTA. If you’re like us and the nitty gritty tech speak really presses your buttons, continue reading as we explore the virtues of this gorgeous little number. 

The Redmi Note 10S  also has an AMOLED screen with 450 nits (typ), 1080×2400 pixels and like the Redmi Note 10 Pro runs on Android 11. As a bonus, both the Redmi Note 10 Pro and the Redmi Note 10S come complete with the stereo loudspeakers and a 3.5mm jack.

The Memory can be  upgraded with the addition of a USD card, which is great because the camera itself is awe inspiringly jaw dropping and immersive stereo sound (which would be great when paired with the Mi Smart Speaker. This device will definitely get the (socially distanced and well ventilated) party started. 

Both devices are finger print (side mounted) enabled and both are sleek, sexy devices that will help capture your memories and keep you in touch with the world around you – if you’re feeling really bold, you can even make a phone call on it! 

Head on over to our online store and get your new phone today! 

Just #AirFryMi

We’re all used to spending more time at home now, but honestly, we are all banana breaded out! We need another trend to sink our teeth into and it seems, we’re in luck!  After an eternity of blue skies and chilly winter winds, Spring is finally around the corner, and with it the launch of the epic new Mi Smart Air Fryer. Life just got a whole lot simpler, faster and tasty. 

The new Mi Smart Air Fryer, not only provides us with the crispiest, flavourful and crunchiest French Fries around, it also makes them with less than half the amount of oil. So now you can have your proverbial “cake” and eat it too (yes, you can make cake in it). Really, the new Mi Smart Air Fryer is so simple to use and it takes up minimal space making it perfect for any kitchen. Whether you’re a working mom of three, a career driven single gal who lives with her bestie or a hard-working career professional with no time to cook but mindful of your physique! This air fryer will up your cooking game by 100%! 

We don’t mean to brag (wait, ignore us, we do mean to brag) but the Mi Smart Air Fryer is 3.5L of pure, unadulterated kitchen pleasure. We know what you might be thinking that “you’re not about that air fryer life”, well that is about to change! Sit back, relax and enjoy a cup of tea while we take you on a culinary journey of wonders. 

Not only can you whip up over 100 different delicious recipes, you can also use our Mi Smart Air Fryer as food dehydrator, a microwave oven, a food defroster *and* a yoghurt maker! All in one gorgeous machine – elegant chrome accents on a white base – it will even make your kitchen look like it belongs between the cover of Home and Garden. 

And while we don’t want to sound like a 3am infomercial, that’s *not* all, you can bake a cake in our air fryer – not a mini cake or cupcakes but a full fluffy cake – perfect for days that end in ‘Y’ or those days when you have a class birthday and you forgot, well set your timer for 30 mins and the temperature at 160 ° and Bob is quite literally your uncle. 

One can create so many mouth-watering dishes in the Mi Smart Air Fryer that you will find any reason to whip it out, plug it in and ‘fire’ her up – you may even start toying with the idea of a socially distanced Braai-Day gathering with only your nearest and dearest. After all, you can get your braai broodjies just the way you love them in our air fryer in half the time. Or you could WOW your Ouma with her malva pudding fresh out of the fryer and smelling lekker! But why stop there, get Gogo in the kitchen and show her how her dombolo can be made in less time than it takes to grease a pan and get the coals hot. 

As the minutes to Braai-Day tick ever closer it’s a good idea to let your fingers do the walking and your mouse do the talking and head on over to our online store to buy your fantastic Mi Smart Air Fryer and get fried this September.

Stay one step ahead with Mi

Another day, another lockdown, another winter. While we’d all hoped our banana bread baking, virtual running and pineapple beer days were behind us, we find ourselves once again confined behind our boundary walls. How are we going to entertain ourselves – besides climbing them in desperation? Easy.  Instead of simply watching the hours tick past, invest in yourself and buy a smart watch, but not just any smartwatch, a Mi Watch. I mean, while you’re clawing at those walls, you might as well get some benefit from the physical activity, right? 

Unlike an “unsmart” watch that just records the passing of time, the Mi Watch  challenges, motivates and encourages you to set new targets for yourself, in terms of health and well-being.  And as you rise to the challenges, Mi Watch rewards you with proof of your achievements – the right watch can get you moving.  Each day becomes a challenge to beat the day before.

Mobile in Africa supplies three devices that will track your heart rate, count your steps and monitor a whole range of exercises, from rowing to hiking, from dance to yoga. If you like to live on the wild side, put one of these wearables through their paces with a run around your neighborhood.

The Mi Watch retailing at R2,199

For those of us who are serious about staying sane and active, the Mi Watch has 117 different professional sports modes and 16 days of battery life from a single charge, in only 2 hours. If you have access to a swimming pool (and are a member of the Polar Bear Cub) the Mi Watch is water resistant to up to 50m.  It can also measure your stress levels and track your sleep cycle. 

The Mi Watch Lite retailing at R1,099 

The longer lockdown goes on, the more we realise the importance of mental as well as physical health and well-being. For those of us taking the first tentative steps on the proverbial treadmill, the Mi Watch Lite should be on your wrist! Not only does this watch look great, it offers guided breathing for those times when the walls start closing in and it won’t break the piggy bank! 

The Mi Watch Lite offers 11 workout modes.  More than enough for the fitness bug to bite. And after only 2 hours of charging, you will keep going for 9-days. And if you want to look good on your journey to feeling good, the Mi Watch Lite offers easy change straps so you can match your wrist to your work-out mood. 

The Mi Band 6 retailing at R799 

If, like us, you jumped for joy when gyms re-opened last year and if you take your fitness seriously, we have something wonderful up our sleeves (or rather on our wrists) The Mi Smart Band 6 is here to help you stay 1 step ahead! 

With a sleek new design and shape, upgraded AMOLED Screen and sports tracking with 30 work out modes, the Mi Smart Band 6 can track calories burnt while sidestepping in a Zumba class, or your heart rate, boosted with a HIIT workout or slowed down with pinpointed stretches during a Pilates class with your cat. Best of all, this is the most cost effective wearable and is a great entry level device into the world of wearables.  

Some extra deets:

All of these wearables are able to track your steps, monitor your heart rate and pair with your phone whether you’re an Android user or an Apple fanatic. All you need to do is download the Mi Fit App and connect via Bluetooth. Best of all our watches let you answer and decline calls… Who are we kidding? We’re millennials, we only ever decline calls, Declining calls is good for your heart rate! 

Where can I get these?

We have a watch for every wrist.  For those who need to up their game and for those who just want to join the game, buy yourself a Mi Smart watch today, shop online and have it delivered to your door (we’re not that energetic… yet).  https://mia.africa.com/ 

Tech for all: that’s Mobile in Africa

“Since we launched MIA in South Africa in 2015, we’ve been committed to making innovative, cutting edge technology accessible to everyone, especially young people.  We know that affordable mobile technology makes people’s lives better.  Through our ecosystem of automated technology, Mobile in Africa aims to make our customers’ lives easier, simpler and more fun,” says Mark Goott, MIA’s CEO.

MIA is about amazing smart technology – for everything

Mobile in Africa’s product range goes way beyond smartphones, watches and accessories, to must-have smart home products designed to simplify people’s lives. MIA is here to make your smart home dreams a reality:  With the Internet of Things (IoT), you can retrofit your home, connecting a range of home devices that take on those tasks we all love to hate, like cleaning, switching on the kettle and even drying your hair!

All you need to begin smartening up your home, is uncapped WiFi and the Mi Router which reliably connects more than 120 WiFi devices – at any one time. We’re not just talking about your smart phone or TV.  We are talking about making your TV even smarter with the Mi TV Stick from which you can access your DSTV, Netflix, music and games – all via one device.

Integral to a smart home, are the window and door sensors that enable you to manage your personal ecosystem.  In concert with the home hub and the Mi Wireless Switch, you can take control of your personal ecosystem, turning on lights and appliances like heaters and the Mi-smart kettle that will have boiling water ready for you, any time of day for that hot chocolate and especially first thing in on cold mornings.  The window and door sensors are important for controlling ambient lighting, these can be multi purposed as part of your security arrangement with the Mi-Security Camera which no modern – let alone smart – home would be without.

As we shut ourselves away from winter, and still face the challenge of colds, flu and covid, the Mi-Air Purifier, helps to keep you and your loved ones healthy.  An added feature of this appliance is that not only is it controlled remotely using the Mi Home App, but you can use it with Google Assist and/or Amazon Alexa.

Time for a refresh

In the last six years, Mobile in Africa has delivered thousands of products. In that time, we’ve not only established a strong network of partner retailers, but we now also have our own online shoppable store.

“This is taking our commitment to accessibility and affordability to a whole new level.  We can now engage directly with the people who are our customers.  With this innovation, it seemed appropriate to have a refresh of our brand image and what we do.  Mobile in Africa:  tech for all,” concludes Goott.

Help Dad explore the Internet of Things this Father’s Day

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]At the end of last year the Dad in your house probably started on Project Smart Home. Some stuff is in place, but he’s chomping at the bit to do more.  

If he hasn’t yet, and has been talking about how the IoT (Internet of Things) can actually make his (your) life easier, why not help him along?  

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to give him an IoT tech gadget (or two).

Starter pack

Let’s begin with a starter pack:  the smart sensor kit comes with a control hub and sensors that tell it (and you) what’s going on in the house – and then tells other gadgets what to do.  Working in concert with the Mi Home App, other devices, including the house security system can be connected and “smartened up”.  On security, and if Dad’s a prepper, here’s a good deal for Wi-Fi security cameras – with savings of between R99 and R199, respectively, if you buy two or three cameras.  

Oh, and the cameras get rave reviews from customers, one of whom commented on its “awesome clarity”.

Not enough Wi-Fi coverage

Because you know that Dad will tell you that the place the cameras should go,  doesn’t have Wi-Fi, solve the problem with a Wi-Fi extender.  The Xiaomi Pro WiFi Amplifier enables up to 300Mbps network speed and automatically chooses the best frequency.  Not only that, as many as 24 devices can connect (at any one time), ensuring that everything – not just security – is covered.  Every corner of the house has WiFi and Dad will now also be connected while he’s happily ensconced in the sanctity of his garage mancave.  

Why should Father clean up when a robot can do it instead?

Speaking of the mancave, you know how Dad hates people messing with his stuff and in his space, even if it’s for cleaning?  Here’s a solution:  a Robot vacuum will sweep up and clean for him – or anyone else for that matter.  Although Robo’s not a great option for cleaning in small spaces like the leather seats of Dad’s four-wheeled baby, or to suck out the dust from his favourite gaming tower, the nifty mini vacuum cleaner that comes in at a mere 500g, is. 

But wait, that’s not all:  What about fun and games?

If Dad Isn’t the serious type, and into music, movies and games, then, the Xiaomi Mi TV stick has just got to be the perfect gift.  The Mi TV stick is about so much more than just television: it supports Dolby Audio and can connect using a range of options from Micro USB to WiFi and yes Dad, it’s got “blue teeth” too – Bluetooth 4.2, to be precise.  Because it is Google certified, and has 2G of memory, Dad can download a range of apps and (more) games as well as his favourite music.  Because Netflix and Prime video can also be preinstalled, Mom might also find it handy… This too is a perfect addition to Project Smart Home because Chromecast is built-in so that Dad will be able to cast photos, videos, music and other content from his favourite device, directly to the TV.

If these suggestions don’t rock your socks, pop over to our online store and check out the other great tech options for this year’s Father’s Day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Smart giving is a social investment

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]What better gift is there than the gift of giving?  Smart giving.  Especially when the gift brings amazing technology to South Africans who do important community work, building the capacity of the people who care for children in their early years.  

Recently, MIA donated fifteen smart phones to Ikamva Labantu, a Cape Town-based non-governmental organisation that provides communities with access to resources and opportunities. 

 

 

Like with most organisations, technology is an increasingly important element for both sustainability and programme delivery.  Ikamva Labantu tells us that these smartphones will do just that in relation to three of their core programmes, the home-based seniors programme, the management of community feeding sites and especially to early childhood development (ECD) teacher training.  

We like that. 

 

Early Childhood Development

About investing in ECD, the World Bank says

Smart investments in the physical, cognitive, linguistic, and socio-emotional development of young children — from before birth until they transition to primary school — are critical to put them on the path to greater prosperity, and to help countries be more productive and compete more successfully in a rapidly changing global economy.

We could not agree more.

Ikamva’s teacher training programme is central to the long-term sustainability of the ECD centres they support.  However, like so many important programmes around the country and the world, this training had to stop during 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  These phones are helping to restart this programme.  And more.

Technologically shy

Ikamva operates mostly in poor communities which meant that taking learning online was not possible because of the limited access to broadband, data and the technology:  the ongoing challenge of South Africa’s so called digital divide.  This is complicated by the fact that ECD practitioners who are trained via community organisations rather than through the public TVET college system, are often older and have little education.  This means that their expectations of learning – and teaching – are rooted in the old teacher-tell, chalk and talk methods of their own experience.  Often these (mostly) women are also technologically shy.

As far back as 2012, Unesco began exploring the use of phones in supporting teacher development, but until the pandemic, the use of phones for teaching and learning had not really become universal.

However, the use of technology, generally, remains a challenge in under resourced areas.  Consequently, smart technology, especially phones, and how they can be used for teaching is a steep learning curve – for both trainee ECD practitioners and their lecturers.

MIA is delighted to be able to help Ikamva Labantu on this journey through this donation of smartphones.

Today’s children are digital natives

Regardless of where children are growing up, they are digital natives – whether we like it or not.  Encouraging and supporting trainee ECD practitioners with (and to use smartphones) as part of their training is part of the process of bridging this divide.  MIA is an authorised distributor of Xiaomi smartphones in South Africa which is the fourth biggest smartphone brand in the world.  Even their entry level phones are optimised for gaming which also makes them the best choice for training and education and especially game-based teaching and learning.

 

 

Socially distanced and getting together through technology

Prior to the pandemic, as with most education and training, Ikamva’s training was face-to-face, on site and in large groups.  Now, and with MIA’s smart phone donation, trainees and their lecturers don’t have to gather in big groups.  Trainers and trainees, alike, can stay socially distanced because this technology brings them together.

It’s a little big deal

This training programme empowers committed trainee practitioners to upskill, enabling them to run professionally designed programmes – in safe spaces – for the children in their care.  Thesenprogrammes are the springboard from which children jump into the foundation phase and mainstream schooling.

It’s more than that, children who go to créches and pre-primary schools that are staffed with trained teachers cope better when they get to grade 1.  These children are comfortable in group situations, they have better social skills and are emotionally and intellectually better equipped to handle the challenges of formal school.

We are thrilled that our donation of phones has helped to restart Ikamva’s ECD practitioner training.  Smart use of these smartphones means that Ikamva can now train more safely and without interruption.  Our donation of 15 smart phones will support the training of 90 teachers and principals and through this, have an impact on about 3,000 children in early childhood centres in the Western Cape.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

How 5G can upgrade your life

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]It seems like 5G is suddenly everywhere, but what is all the hype about? And what is 5G, anyway? If these questions have been plaguing you, or even if you’re just curious to find out more about this new wave of tech, read on. 

5G is the fifth generation of cellular networks

That’s right – it’s a new generation of wireless broadband internet. That means our phones can go online without being hooked up to a wired network or home WiFi – it’s what makes our mobile phones, well, mobile

While all the talk about 5G frames it as a strange new development, the truth is much more pedestrian: it’s simply a network upgrade that brings us faster speeds and wider capabilities than the current system. Stepping up from old networks certainly isn’t new – remember the switch from 3G to 4G? The first 4G service went live in South Africa in 2012, less than 10 years ago! And if you were impressed by the 4G network in 2012 (it made those Gangnam Style parody videos load so much faster) you’re about to be blown away by 5G’s data speeds.

Your phone’s data speeds might soon outrun your home fibre 

Everyone agrees 5G is faster than 4G, but how much faster? “A lot” doesn’t seem to cut it as an answer, so let’s look at the numbers:

The average South African 4G connection is around 16.8MB per second, while the fastest 5G speed recorded was over 1,843 MB per second, over a hundred times faster than our national average speed.

We’re not talking about the difference between a leisurely stroll and a brisk jog – more like the difference between a leisurely stroll and a Formula 1 race car zooming past you at full speed.

Forget buffering, with 5G you could download a whole season of a series in a few minutes. It’s no wonder experts expect 5G to become the main network of choice for home connectivity in the coming years. But how did we get a hundred-fold speed increase in under a decade?

5G isn’t just faster, it’s smarter

Part of the reason we have 5G is the fact that technology is always advancing, so processes get more efficient, chips get smaller, and new ways of affordably producing tech get developed. But 5G isn’t just “4G plus”, it’s a new approach to the age-old problem of providing high speed internet access to devices all over the world.

A huge problem that 5G solves is a basic mechanical issue: how do you get a really fast, high-bandwidth connection to reach a whole neighbourhood, city, or even country?

The 5G network fixes this problem in two ways: firstly, 5G isn’t just one frequency. It’s actually a combination of high, mid and low frequency waves, so your phone has three times the chance of getting great signal. Secondly, 5G networks rely on widespread installation of several smaller local antennas, a far cry from the large cell towers of previous generations. This ensures the higher frequency, higher bandwidth 5G signal actually reaches as many devices as possible.

5G: What’s in it for me?

The 5G revolution is going to change much more than just how quickly we download series. With a strong 5G signal, your life could be upgraded in so many ways:

  • You’ll forget the word ‘buffering’ when watching shows, movies, and livestreams.
  • Work will go smoother when you can download large documents quickly on the go.
  • Online games become more fun with no lag.
  • You’ll never put off a backup or update fearing it’ll slow down your device while you’re using it.
  • Holidays and big events can be an international affair as you can upload large files like photos and videos on the go, sharing content in a flash.
  • Virtual meetings, hangouts and family reunions feel more natural as high-quality VoIP and video calls can flow with no awkward delays.
  • Strut your inner influencer and confidently stream live wherever you are on social platforms like Instagram and Twitch.

And the world could be upgraded, too. The high data speeds 5G offers actually make sci-fi scenarios possible: imagine travelling in a city-wide network of self-driving cars or being operated on remotely by a doctor on another continent. These powerful steps forward would benefit everyone, which is why 5G is such an exciting development heading into the next decade of science and technology. 

The #5GforMi movement in South Africa

Like any new development, 5G stands the risk of being an elite service for the privileged few. But Mobile in Africa is dedicated to making cutting-edge technology available to everyone. That’s why the #5GforMi hashtag was started to celebrate the launch of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T, MIA’s first 5G phone in the country. 

The Redmi Note 9T is designed to support 5G from the ground up. The Dual SIM 5G feature means you can be on two 5G networks at once, getting you the fastest speeds. Of course, with more data comes more processing power: luckily the MediaTek Dimensity 800U octa-core CPU handles all that information seamlessly, and a high-capacity battery means you can enjoy those lightning 5G speeds without being hooked up to a charger.

The new generation of wireless connectivity is already transforming the way the world works, plays and connects. Which benefit of 5G are you most excited about? Let us know with the #5GforMi hashtag.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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