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No relief for subscribers as Telecel tweaks mobile broadband prices

October 22nd, 2014

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  We have always known Telecel to be the leader in terms of pricing specials for both voice and data so it’s a bit surprising to see that the MNO has adjusted the price of its data bundles with an increase. The new tariff structure (displayed in the table above) offers subscribers lower data for the same [...]

Zimpad: Zimbabwean launches iPad competitor. But not the type you think

October 22nd, 2014

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This guy totally rethinks the concept of a tablet. And in doing so, perfects the idea. If there was ever a technology Zimbabwe could export, it is the Zimpad. To quote the creators of this device: The Zimpad was created by Anton Bhana, CEO of Creative Centre Zimbabwe. The Zimpad will leave you breathless with its state of [...]

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Telecel finally catches up with it’s new Facebook bundles

October 22nd, 2014

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Here’s something that Telecel subscribers enjoying the broadband experience might not have noticed yet; yesterday the mobile network silently launched its own Facebook bundles. Telecel did promise to introduce these Facebook bundles as a followup to its WhatsApp bundles launch, with a mention of how Twitter bundles were also under consideration. The Twitter product hasn’t seen [...]

IoT in Zimbabwe: Why the SmartThings hub deserves its name

October 21st, 2014

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SmartThings began its life as a kickstarter project looking to connect the things in your physical world, to the internet. Of all the Internet of Things technologies we will review this is probably the most ambitious and the one with the most potential. So what is SmartThings? It is a hub that includes access to [...]

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Can tech startups raise money from Zimbabwe’s new SME Stock Exchange?

October 21st, 2014

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Last week the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange (ZSE) released a draft set of listing requirements for a new (yet to be launched) alternative market for Small and Medium scale enterprises (SMEs). This new Zimbabwe Emerging Enterprise Market (ZEEM) is meant to offer smaller enterprises the chance to list on the local bourse, something that is taken as [...]

Econet announces acquisition of Telecel Globe operations in Burundi and CAR

October 20th, 2014

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Econet just sent out a press release on the acquisition of Telecel Central African Republic and Leo Burundi. Essentially they confirm the acquisition as announced by Vimpelcom earlier today. In the release, Econet avoids the name “Telecel” completely, referring to the operations as just “assets” of Vimpelcom in Burundi and C.A.R. There’s also no mention [...]

Breaking News: Econet buys Telecel

October 20th, 2014

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VimpelCom, the parent company of Telecel Globe, has just announced via a press release that it has sold all its shareholding in Telecel Globe to Econet Wireless Global for US $65 million. Effectively, the release says, Econet Wireless now owns U-Com (or Leo, what Telecel is called in Burundi) and Telecel Central African Republic.  So yes, the deal does not include Telecel Zimbabwe. The [...]

The Apple SIM a step closer to killing off single and dual-SIM cards

October 20th, 2014

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Last week, Apple unveiled their latest generation tablets to the world. While the iPads didn’t seem to have a lot going for them, there have been a few subtle technologies that came along with them that have gained special attention, one in particular called the Apple SIM. This is not to say the iPhone-maker wants [...]

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Techzim Podcast: Connected cars and NFC Payments, Zim Dancehall and Ebola

October 19th, 2014

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Here’s the latest edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode there was a debate on the Econet Connected Car service and a brief discussion the EcoCash Tap & Go Card which currently at pilot stage. We also discussed the Zim Dancehall App and the “A Dollar for Ebola” crowdfunding campaign being pushed through Facebook. What are [...]

How to beat ZESA and still enjoy your DStv PVR

October 19th, 2014

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So a while ago I decided to invest in a DStv PVR 2P decoder as part of my mid year resolutions. I am still trying to find a reason why the Explora is worth that shocking price; the “DStv advert dude” is yet to convince me. After a lot of consideration I decided to opt for [...]

POTRAZ will not force MNOs to reduce data tariffs. To let market forces regulate

October 19th, 2014

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With internet out-of-bundle prices ranging from US 7 cents (NetOne) to 15 cents (Econet) per megabyte, Zimbabwe’s data tariffs are considered relatively – to the average incomes that is – high. This however, a directive to MNOs issued by POTRAZ last week suggested, is not high enough to warrant POTRAZ’s intervention. POTRAZ will, for now, leave data charges to [...]

Econet, Telecel, NetOne ordered by POTRAZ to slash mobile voice tariffs

October 18th, 2014

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Zimbabwean mobile operators, Econet, Telecel and NetOne have been ordered by the telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, to slash mobile voice tariffs from the current US 23 cents per minute to 15 cents. According to a report in The Source, the directive was issued on 16 October this week and MNOs have been told to effect this in December. [...]

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Infographic: How to succeed in a startup

October 17th, 2014

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Success for any enterprise is always measured in various ways, but whatever the perspective any startup founder or team member has of making it, there are certain building blocks that ensure that same success. We came across an infographic from the entrepreneurship and startup resource centre Fundersandfounders.com. It displays fourteen things to keep in mind in [...]

Everything you need to know about domain names: Part 2

October 17th, 2014

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This is the second in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. This feature is on domain names. Choosing The Right Domain Extension A number of people and organisations make mistakes when it comes to choosing the right domain extension. [...]

New tablets & iMac round up Apple’s hardware releases for 2014

October 17th, 2014

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Hot on the heels of Google’s launch of its Android Lollipop and new Nexus range of devices, and a month after the launch of the latest iPhone, Apple unveiled more new hardware yesterday. Part of the presentation was some insight on Apple Pay and the new iOS 8.1. The key highlights of the launch included: The iPad Air [...]

Ebola in Zimbabwe: people take action through social media

October 17th, 2014

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If there’s one thing that everyone will agree with, the thought of Ebola in Zimbabwe isn’t just disturbing, it’s terrifying. It’s hard to forget how we struggled with Cholera in 2008, and easy to imagine the horrors that can will accompany any sign of this virus on our doorstep. Although the state has “beefed up its efforts” [...]

Looking for the latest Zim Dancehall? Check out this app

October 16th, 2014

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Still looking for a smart way tech can bring you your favourite Zim Dancehall music to your phone, especially the latest tracks and information?  Well you might be pleased to know that there’s now a Zim Dancehall app that offers a solution to this. The application, simply called the Zimdancehall App, is in beta phase and [...]

More info on EcoCash’s new Tap & Go NFC Card

October 16th, 2014

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A few weeks ago we stumbled upon an EcoCash card payment system that was being used at an eatery in Harare. The system, which was under some form of stealth test phase, turned out to be powered by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, as users simply tapped the cards against a merchant device. Today we [...]

What to expect from the new Android Lollipop OS and Nexus lineup

October 16th, 2014

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While Econet was announcing its connected car service, halfway across the world Google was contemplating the biggest releases of Android since the mobile OS inception, aptly named Android Lollipop (version 5.0) The announcement was pretty low-key. There was no press event, cameras or protests. Actually, the announcement was handled via blog post to a drooling [...]

Of connected cars, SMS, and revolutionary products by Econet

October 16th, 2014

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Today, I opened an email from Econet titled “Econet Wireless has launched yet another revolutionary product, the Econet Connected Car.” I had just heard from people that attended the launch that it had been one of the best product launches they have ever attended. That the company was on point about what it was fixing. I [...]

Skype disappears into impromptu video messaging with new app

October 15th, 2014

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Messaging is now about more than just texting, video has shown testimony to that. Even our local favourite chat platform WhatsApp is hugely popular for letting users share videos, something made easier by bundled services that spare any cost concern. To that end a lot of providers keen on maintaining relevance in that market are reaching [...]

Econet ventures into car tracking with its new service

October 15th, 2014

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Earlier today we attended the very elaborate launch of mobile operator Econet’s new service called the Econet Connected Car which is part of a new range of products that Econet is calling Connected Lifestyles. The main delivery was by Dorothy Zimuto, the COO for Econet Connected Car, who outlined Econet’s ambition to ensure that most [...]

IoT in Zimbabwe: Here’s one device to rule them all

October 14th, 2014

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When it comes to the internet of things (IoT), as with so many other things in life, control is everything. The main purpose of connecting so many devices – light bulbs, alarm systems, security cameras etc. to the internet, is to be able to interact with and control them remotely. Enter the Logitech Harmony Smart [...]

Meet Ello, the social network promising to be the anti-Facebook

October 14th, 2014

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At this point in time, building a social network from the ground up seems unlikely. We still have a love-hate relationship with Facebook, a complicated relationship with Twitter and a small house with a few others (hi Google+, looking great). But someone out there has had it with the way these corporations are turning us [...]

One chance only: 8 tips for that elevator pitch

October 14th, 2014

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Last week Techzim held the semi-finals for the 2014 edition of the ZOL Startup Challenge and we had the privilege of watching presentations from 23 startups demonstrating their business cases. As is the case with every tech entrepreneurship showcase some of the startups that failed to make it to the next stage had brilliant ideas [...]

Samsung embraces a better design with the Galaxy A5

October 13th, 2014

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Samsung has always championed function over form, it shows all over their software from Air View, Smart Stare and the ilk. While a no-frills strategy has worked in so many ways for Samsung, most OEMs have finally caught up with features of their own and more. This has led the South Korean chaebol to look [...]

ZESA increases load shedding: what arrangements should you make now?

October 13th, 2014

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For anyone expecting some sort of load shedding relief think again. The power challenges we are facing right now aren’t going away anytime soon (no surprise there). ZESA came out and said that the situation is unfortunately going to get worse. In an article published in yesterday’s Sunday Mail, ZESA’s spokesman Fullard Gwasira attributed this to [...]