16 November 2021

    Nafisa Akabor

    WhatsApp to end support for these phones

    All you need to know about the imminent WhatsApp support changes. 

    You may have read several weeks ago that WhatsApp is ending support for a bunch of phones, including older iPhones and Android handsets. But the list of handsets being circulated was inaccurate. The confusion arose by the operating system supported. 

    The WhatsApp blog says Android handsets running version 4.1 and newer, alongside iPhones running iOS 10 upwards, will be supported. It included a note to say if you’re on an Android version 4.0.4, you should switch to a supported device and save your chat history. 

    Apple phones from the iPhone 5 upwards support iOS 10, so if you have devices including the 5C, 5S, 6, 6 Plus, 6S upwards, you should be fine. Anything older running on iOS 9 needs to be upgraded, and if you can’t do this, you need to replace the device. 


    Here are some more the affroable handsets that Vodacom has on offer right now: 

    Oppo A15 – R2 299 

    The Oppo A15 is a great entry-level device that offers more phone for your money. It has a large 6.52-inch screen, 32GB of storage (expandable to 256GB), a 13MP AI triple rear camera, 5MP selfie cam and a big 4230mAh battery. It also has premium features like a fingerprint sensor and supports facial unlocking. Buy it here

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 10s – R4 399 

    The Redmi Note 10S is a great mid-range handset with a large, 6.43-inch AMOLED DotDisplay with Dual Speakers, 5000mAh battery with 33W fast charging. It boasts a 64MP quad camera, 8MP wide angle, 2MP macro and 2MP depth camera. All of this is supported by the powerful octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 processor. If you buy it from Vodacom today, you’ll receive a free pair of Mi True Wireless Earbuds Basic 2, valued at R499. Buy it here. 

    Samsung Galaxy A32 5G – R5 999 

    Taking things a notch higher, the mid-range Galaxy A32 is one of the more affordable handsets that supports 5G. It has a large 6.5-inch AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable to 1TB) and a massive 5000mAh battery. It has a 48MP quad camera, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro and 2MP depth camera, which shoots in 4K – plus a 13MP selfie cam. Buy it here

    Vivo X50 5G – R8 299 

    The sleek X50 is a mere 7.5mm thin, features a 2.5D curved flex screen and a 3.96mm tiny punch-hole camera on the 6.56-inch display, giving you a near uninterrupted view of the display. The 48MP quad camera has 8MP wide-angle, 13MP portrait and 5MP macro, with a built-in gimbal suitable for content creators, rounded off with a 32MP selfie cam. It has 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4200mAh fast-charging battery. Buy it here. 

    iPhone 12 Mini – R13 299 

    The iPhone 12 Mini is currently the lowest-price iPhone you can get on Vodacom. It has a 5.4-inch OLED display, runs on A14 Bionic chip, has 5G, supports Face ID and comes with 64GB of storage. It features a 12MP dual camera with ultra-wide lenses, shoots in 4K and has a 12MP selfie cam. Buy it here. 

    Check out Vodacom online today for the latest deals in tech.

    Nafisa Akabor