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Showmax has partnered with Vodacom to make it even easier and more affordable to watch your favourite series, movies, documentaries and kids’ shows anytime, anywhere.

Here’s the deal: If you’re a Prepaid or Contract Vodacom customer and an existing or new Showmax subscriber, you will get 3GB of data for free – 1GB per month for three months – for Showmax streaming or downloading.

Below you will find quick links to access the deal if you’re an existing or a new subscriber, as well as detailed, step-by-step instructions.

Quick link: Already got a Showmax subscription?

Add your existing Showmax subscription to your Vodacom bill to qualify for the free data.

If you’re a Vodacom Contract customer, your Showmax subscription fee will be added to your Vodacom invoice. If you’re a Prepaid customer, you need to make sure that you have sufficient airtime every month for your Showmax subscription fee to be successfully deducted.

Quick link: No Showmax yet?

Sign up for Showmax at to qualify for the free data.

Step by step: How to access the deal

If you don’t have an account yet, sign up for one on the Showmax website (remember that you can stream or download Showmax on tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and more; you can cancel or resubscribe at any time; there are no contracts or penalties; and you can pay using cheque or credit cards, vouchers or PayPal).

Once you’ve signed up, follow the steps below. Ditto if you are an existing customer.

  • Add your cell number and choose the package. Accept the terms and conditions and click to Activate. You will then be directed to this screen:

  • Click on the purple button to send the OTP to your Vodacom cell phone.
  • Enter the OTP that is SMSed to your Vodacom phone into the blank field in the next screen. You will then be redirected here:

  • Click the Close button and wait for the activation link.
  • After receiving the SMS with the link, click on the link to sign in to your account.
  • Finally, you will see a screen that says “Your Showmax Subscription purchase was successful” and then you’re all set to start watching your favourite  shows with 1GB of data for free, every month for three months!

How to check if the free data has been loaded

  1. Dial *123# from your Vodacom cell phone.
  2. Choose Balances from the list of options.
  3. On the next screen, you’ll see three options: 1. Summary; 2. Detailed; 3. Bill So Far.
  4. Choose 2. Detailed.
  5. You will then get a notification saying that your detailed balance will be sent via SMS.
  6. On the SMS you receive, you should see the item “1.00GB Showmax Data until [date – one month after you registered]”.

How to get the most out of your free 1GB per month

The free 1GB per month is enough to watch up to 35 episodes of series such as The Big Bang Theory or Friends using Showmax’s most bandwidth-efficient quality setting.

Showmax’s online bandwidth calculator helps estimate the amount of data needed to watch streaming video. Manage data by using the bandwidth capping function, which reduces data consumption by selecting a lower streaming video-quality level.

Showmax allows users to optimise data usage for different devices by, for example, setting the kids cartoons to low quality on the tablet and setting the smart TV on the maximum quality for watching Game of Thrones in glorious HD.

Read this post for more on how to manage your data with Showmax.

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