Message to students: Data Bundle 4

13 October 2020

Dear Student

On three previous occasions, the University has made available a facility for students to apply for a data bundle to be loaded by one of the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) onto Vodacom, MTN, Telkom or Cell C numbers that students provided – and the cost of this data bundle was covered by the University. 

Many thousands of students have benefited from these three opportunities, during “Data Bundle Offers 1, 2 and 3”, respectively. Although these earlier Data Bundle Offerings are now closed, the University has decided to again assist students in need of data, and the facility to apply for a fourth data bundle was re-opened on Tuesday 13 October 2020  and will run for a limited time. The data bundle offers are aimed at students who do not have adequate connectivity at home and who are unable to return to campus. The data should be used for assessment purposes only.

As with the previous offer, the size of this data bundle available under this “Data Bundle Offer 4” varies slightly from mobile operator to mobile operator, but is typically for 20GB of data (10GB Any Time and 10GB Night Time) and typically expires 30 days after being made available.

However, in order to be eligible for “Data Bundle Offer 4” you MUST log on as described below and provide the data requested.  Consequently:

  • Those students who did NOT previously apply for any earlier data bundle offers can elect to now apply for “Data Bundle Offer 4”.  They are required to log on as described below and furnish UP with the information requested.
  • Those who applied previously – either for “Data Bundle Offer 1, 2 and/or 3” (whether successfully or unsuccessfully), and now want to apply for “Data Bundle Offer 4” MUST LOG ON AGAIN and either:
    • Confirm that their previously captured information is still valid and re-submit,

OR

  • If you want this latest requested data bundle to be sent elsewhere, then update the previously provided information and re-submit these changes.

To apply for “Data Bundle Offer 4”, please:

  • Either:
    • Go directly to www.up.ac.za and select the “My UP Login” link to log onto the UP Portal, or
    • Attempt to log on via connect.up.ac.za. Select the icon labelled www.up.ac.za then select the “My UP Login” link to log onto the UP Portal.
  • From the portlets available to you in the UP Portal, click on the (green) “GO” button associated with the portlet titled “Student Centre”.
  • Ensure that you land on, or navigate to, the (default) collection of tiles labelled “UP Student Self-Service”.
  • Locate and click on the “tile” labelled “Data Bundle”.
  • On this function, you will be asked to either enter, confirm or update:
    • The name of the mobile service provider and the mobile number on which you want this data bundle loaded (namely Cell C, MTN, Telkom or Vodacom).
    • The last 9 digits of the mobile number to which you want the data bundle sent.
    • Confirm whether the number that you specified to receive the data bundle is also your normal contact mobile/cellular number on which UP can call or SMS you.
  • Click Submit.

The first “batch” of numbers to be sent to the MNO for this “Data Bundle Offer 4” will be extracted and sent early on the morning of Tuesday, 20 October 2020.  So you are urged to log on as soon as possible and specify the mobile number to which the data should be sent.

Thereafter, UP will periodically (typically once a week early on Tuesday mornings), repeat the extract process to send new requests received for “Data Bundle Offer 4 ” to the respective mobile operators.

As before, the window of opportunity available to you to apply for this Data Bundle Offer 4 will not remain open indefinitely. It will stay open until at least Monday, 2 November 2020, but thereafter UP could elect to close this offer at any time.

 

NOTES:

Regrettably, once UP has sent this data to the Mobile Network Operators, UP depends on the efficiency of the specific operator to process these requests – and so you should anticipate a time lag between your request being sent to the operator and the data bundle being made available to you.

This data bundle download facility is not available to persons who are either “Study Applicants” such as people who are not yet enrolled at UP, or students who are enrolled on any of UP’s Online Study programmes. Furthermore, data bundles cannot be requested for SIM cards not issued by one of the above-mentioned mobile operators – even if it is a non-SA SIM card that is connected via “roaming” to one of these mobile operators.

If you happen to be in the fortunate position of already having access to adequate data through your home Wi-Fi, or have recently moved to a location where adequate connectivity exists, then please do not request this data bundle.

If you experience any problems, please contact the IT help desk at [email protected] / 012 420 3051 between 07:00 and 16:30. A standby service is available from 16:30 to 22:00.

Reminder: Wherever possible, students are encouraged to make use of UP Connect (https://connect.up.ac.za) to access UP-related content with reduced data charges.

Published by Hlengiwe Mnguni

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