According to a post by Mybroadband, South Africans who have imported the new iPhone 5 from overseas where the phone has become available, have been experiencing problems with getting the phone to actually work in the country, that involve issues such as unsupported frequency bands and carrier specific software settings.
The software in the phones purchased from overseas have carrier specific settings built in which make it difficult, if not impossible, to use on our local networks.
However, the site does offer some pointers that may be helpful to consumers wanting to buy a new iPhone 5 before it’s launched in South Africa, predicted to be sometime in early October:
The issue is that right now the A1429 GSM model has some trouble maintaining a Vodacom 3G connection – there can be many reasons for this, but it is important to realize that Vodacom is still testing this phone in SA (despite them having Nano SIMs available already), and they have not updated the iPhone Carrier configuration file for Vodacom. MTN users are luckier – users who have been cutting their SIM cards to the new Nano size have decent network abilities.