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Econet reacts to taxes?

September 16th, 2014

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Its funny some of the small things that catch a mobile subscriber’s attention. We recently received a tip from an Econet subscriber who noticed that the network has adjusted its voice bundles, this time with a marginal price increase. The voice tariffs for the Econet Bundles are now being advertised in the promo SMS as being [...]

Websites to complement the Zimsec website

September 16th, 2014

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The missionaries who founded my high school had a particular fondness for Jacarandas. At the beginning of every spring these trees would clothe themselves in purple flowers – a beautiful site to behold. My high school headmaster, Mr Mukoyi, was one for symbolism and every time this happened he saw it as an omen that the [...]

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How to turn your website into a gold mine

September 16th, 2014

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The Internet is a jungle populated by millions of websites with each clamoring for the elusive attention of the click-happy internet users. It is a dog eat dog world in which brands ruthlessly compete for online visibility via search engines. Unfortunately, the only way to the top is by stepping on the heads of others. [...]

Ezzytickets out to offer comprehensive online ticketing solution

September 15th, 2014

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While we debate on how e-commerce and the online payment phenomenon is now in our backyard or whether we are ready for it or not, one service that we definitely need is online ticketing. The numerous events lined up on the Zimbabwean social calendar should at least have an online payment option that reflects how we have adopted options [...]

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NetOne applies for datacasting licence

September 15th, 2014

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According to a notice in the Herald, state-owned mobile network operator Netone has applied for a national datacasting licence from the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe.The datacasting licence is one of ten broadcasting licences offered by the regulator. Datacasting, or the broadcast of data, is a service that delivers information via radio waves in varied forms [...]

5 features that could make WhatsApp even better

September 15th, 2014

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Technology is extending our reach in ways that we never thought possible, boundaries be damned. In a way, we’ve grown to understand that talking to the next person no longer involves traveling through distances. It’s just a call, text or WhatsApp away. It’s no doubt WhatsApp is a part of this change. It has won [...]

Econet set to introduce NFC payments through EcoCash?

September 14th, 2014

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Here’s something interesting that I spotted while paying for lunch at an eatery in Harare – the cashier was handling payments through a card based system that works through a tapping mechanism. No, it wasn’t the EcoCash Mastercard or telecash Goldcard. It turns out its an NFC enabled “tap and go” system that works with cards [...]

Welcome to 2012, Apple

September 14th, 2014

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Recently, I was looking for as many NFC capable devices as possible to pair with an audio system just for cheap geek thrills. Having noticed a young man carrying a tablet I politely asked if his device was an NFC capable android. It was an iPad he proudly pronounced (but more like scoffed) that Apple [...]

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Nettcash introduces brand ambassadors to grow agent network

September 12th, 2014

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Some months ago we wrote about Nettcash and their official launch in the Zimbabwean mobile money space. The independent service was applauded as a sign of healthy competition in a market dominated by mobile network operators. Since the launch the mobile money landscape has gone through significant changes, with the different service providers noting significant [...]

Latest Techzim Podcast: uMAX, Hand2hand transfer, Apple’s iPhone6

September 12th, 2014

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In this edition of the podcast we discussed uMAX’s “Owl hours” free internet between 10PM and 6AM as well as Hand2hand transfer, a Zimbabwean registered forex company that enables anyone anywhere in the world to transfer money to an EcoCash Wallet and local bank accounts through its website. We also briefly touched on Apple’s 2014 [...]

New tech taxes: are we killing the goose?

September 12th, 2014

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Yesterday we heard of the new taxes on mobile phones and airtime credit introduced by government. It’s hardly surprising that less than flowery opinions have been shared by Zimbabweans who are now faced by the prospect of a significant price increase on devices and already expensive mobile communication services. The fact is the waiver on duty [...]

ZOL introduces $89 fibre package… doubles speeds, but re-introduces capped internet

September 12th, 2014

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So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre. But it’s not uncapped. This service is capped at [...]

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Interview with saisai: Zim’s DEMO Africa 2014 representatives

September 12th, 2014

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In July this year we announced that a Bulawayo based startup, saisai Wireless, had been selected to be one of 40 African startup teams pitching at this year’s DEMO Africa tech talent showcase. saisai Wireless is working on the provision of free public WiFi access by utilising idle bandwidth from WiFi routers and hotspots with [...]

Farewell Nokia

September 12th, 2014

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There’s this nostalgic feeling tied to the name Nokia that brings back all those memories that you once had, those memories that made you believe in mobile phones. Like the billions of people out there, I used to own a Nokia phone. It was my first personal phone to be frank. It had no email, [...]

Rewinding time with oldversion.com

September 12th, 2014

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My first real computer experience outside school was on a Gateway 2000 machine. It came with a stalwart Pentium II processor, a 2 GB hard-drive (1.95 on mine), CDROM drive, a monitor with a surprisingly good resolution, could run all versions of Windows 98 (my copy was genuine) and a full featured copy of Office [...]

Zim government introduces 5% tax on mobile airtime

September 11th, 2014

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An announcement made today by Zimbabwean minister of Finance, Patrick Chinamasa, says the government will, from 15 September onwards now charge mobile operators 5% excise duty tax on airtime. Effectively this likely increase the cost of making a phone call in Zimbabwe. The announcement was made as part of the government’s 2014 Mid-Year Fiscal Policy Review Statement (which you [...]

Rocket Internet to raise almost $1billion in IPO for expansion

September 11th, 2014

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Rocket Internet, the German company builder and incubator recently confirmed that it would be launching an Initial Public Offering (IPO) later this year on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Rocket Internet, which focuses on emerging markets and has a significant footprint in Africa  has already established a presence in the Zimbabwean tech space through online real [...]

iWayAfrica’s expensive VSAT vs TelOne’s. Selective application of licensing rules?

September 11th, 2014

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So about two months ago we asked an official from the Postal and Telecoms Regulation Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) about what was apparently the selective application of VSAT licensing regulations. TelOne, a government owned fixed line operator, introduced cheap VSAT in May this year, but it later turned out it was cheap because, unlike the competition, they are [...]

Zimbabwe introduces 25% customs duty on mobile phones

September 11th, 2014

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Patrick Chinamasa, the minister of Finance, announced today that the government will now start levying 25% customs duty on mobile phone handset imports with effect from October 2014. Since August 2009, duty on mobile handsets and computers (essentially ICT gadgets) had been waived in a move to increase access to information technology. In the announcement Chinamasa explained the [...]

Africalotto introduces online gambling to Zimbabwe

September 11th, 2014

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Hammer and Tongues Holdings, through its lottery gaming provider, Africalotto, has introduced mobile and online gambling  to the Zimbabwean market with an Android application called The Africalotto Mobile App. Through this app,the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, registered users can place bets on the different lottery games that Africalotto already provides through its retail [...]

Everything you need to know about domain names (1)

September 10th, 2014

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This is the first in a series of guest articles authored by Isaac Maposa, the co-founder of Web Enchanter, a Zimbabwean startup in the domain registration space. Why you need to know about domain names Knowing how the Domain Name System works will help you in a case there is a failure or configuration error [...]

Apple: good things come to those who wait…

September 10th, 2014

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The Apple event has come and gone, and all that can be said about the whole thing is, wow. They took their “do it late but do it right statement”, and went all the way home. Not only have they made their phone faster, but they have managed to listen to their customers and make [...]

Econet, what exactly are these Terms and Conditions?

September 10th, 2014

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Who cares about terms and conditions? Who reads them anyway? At least Econet seems to think they mean something, well for their Bundles of Joy anyway. Most  consumers have that quick response to Ts and Cs – simply accept everything and get access to the service that you logged in to get anyway. The problem [...]

Apple Event 2014 – One more thing?

September 10th, 2014

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Just in case you missed it among the flurry of social media updates and countless reports, yesterday tech giant Apple held its annual fall event that has become the launch pad for new products. Its the one event that very Apple fan-boy was excited about and the expectations were pretty high. The question is did [...]

IFA Berlin 2014: reimagining consumer technologies

September 10th, 2014

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Taking place in parallel with our ZOL Startup Challenge meet-up Week, the annual IFA was taking place in Berlin halfway across the world. We may have not been there but trust me when I say I was keeping a watchful eye over the event this past week. The IFA can be taken as the ITF [...]

Understanding the memory problem

September 10th, 2014

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Having grown on both sides of the Google wall, I have seen first hand the changes that technology has wrought on us. While some of these changes, both desirable and undesirable, are so overt as to be observed some are less obvious but all are indelible. Among these insidious changes is how technology has been [...]

How to access the internet through Facebook

September 9th, 2014

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Some time back I posted an article about my getting banned from WhatsApp and contributing to the ban was my wanting to share with followers my top 20 SECRETS that mobile networks don’t want you to know. I’ve been asked a lot about those secrets, some of them are no longer relevant, but definitely one of the things [...]