Meet Rain, South Africa’s data-only 4G network where data never expires

Rain, a new generation 4G network has launched in South Africa with plans to redefine how South Africans use mobile data and their costs.

Rain is 20% owned by the Patrice Motsepe owned African Rainbow Capital Investments (ARC) among others. Former FNB CEO, Michael Jordaan is also a shareholder of Rain.

Rain offers mobile data priced at 5c per meg (R50 per gig) and customers only pay for data they have used at the end of a month and data will never expire.

“After joining online at, a rain SIM will be delivered straight to your door. You will be able to experience unlimited data usage on rain’s high-speed 4G network for free, for 15 days after joining. These free unlimited data days will be a risk-free way for consumers to experience the network and test their individual coverage needs,” the firm said in a statement.

Customers can enjoy additional free unlimited data days when they purchase any of rain’s listed devices. For example, a customer can purchase the Huawei E5573 MiFi router for R820 once-off and then enjoy 30 free unlimited data days. The MiFi device will boost their old 3G smartphone to the full 4G experience on South Africa’s fastest growing network.

The Huawei E5885 MiFi can be bought for R1580 and includes 45 free unlimited data days. This MiFi device doubles up as a power-bank, ensuring your smartphone or tablet always remains connected.

In addition, Rain will offer two innovative dual -SIM smartphones for fast, affordable mobile data on their rain SIM, with the option of using an additional SIM, from another network, to access traditional voice services.

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The Huawei Y7 dual-SIM smartphone is priced at only R3050 and comes with 60 free unlimited data days. The latest Huawei P20-Lite is priced at only R4700 and comes with an incredible 90 free unlimited data days.

Heavy data users can add unlimited off-peak data for R250 per month for unlimited data usage for 19 hours a day, except at peak times (6pm to 11pm). During peak hours, consumers will pay the standard 5c per meg (R50 per gig).

Users can join Rain by simply logging on to and can order up to three SIMs. Rain reaches more than 2100 towers in metro areas in just over a year and is growing coverage to more than 5000 towers over the next three years.

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