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Lots of homework for new directors at NetOne, TelOne and Zimpost

July 29th, 2014

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A few days ago the Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Webster Shamu, announced the new directors for local postal agency Zimpost and the two state owned telecoms outfits Netone and TelOne. The appointments are effective from 1 August 2014. The NetOne board chairman is Mr Alex Marufu and the vice chairman is Mr [...]

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My two cents on Econet’s “free” Twitter

July 29th, 2014

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Just recently we reported that Zimbabwe’s leading carrier, Econet, launched a new service that allowed its subscribers one month access to the micro-blogging site Twitter for free. Now days into it, I’ve been second guessing my vocabulary, prowling the internet trying to look up what “free” actually means because since I’ve been using this service it’s [...]

Telecel offers 35 mins (on net) for $1

July 28th, 2014

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Disclosure: The writer consults for Telecel Zimbabwe and the views expressed here are solely his and not of any company or of TechZim’s. In a bulk SMS sent out to its subscribers this evening, Telecel has brought back the on-net packages, that they took away when they launched their Telecel Go package in April this year. For just $1 [...]

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EXCLUSIVE – How to use MasterCard with Telecash

July 28th, 2014

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For those of you who are avid online buyers, here’s a hack that will allow you to use your MasterCard with Telecash. This solution has been available ever since Telecash launched in Zimbabwe and has been possible because of their “interoperability”. Enjoy!!! (You can thank me later) What you will need to use MasterCard with Telecash A [...]

Airtime and street vendors to pay $1 a day state levy

July 28th, 2014

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It’s been reported that the government is planning to step up its revenue collection efforts with a crackdown on all informal traders. This blitz will also rope in the numerous airtime vendors who have become a permanent feature of street side entrepreneurship. This move is going to be the latest effort to increase revenue for [...]

Econet to launch Facebook on USSD

July 25th, 2014

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“Can you imagine browsing Facebook using any handset? Now You Can!” If you saw this in a teaser advert in today’s paper you must have been wondering (like we were) what sort of service this was and from which operator. We have just established from sources from Econet that this is their new product, Facebook on [...]

Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, does bigger mean better?

July 25th, 2014

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Karbonn is an up and coming Android device manufacturer from India, and it has released the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus, successor of their last device the Karbonn Titanium Octane. Physically, the Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus is a rather massive device made to take on the 5” greats like the Sony Z1 and Galaxy S5. It [...]

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Econet responds tax evasion issue: They paid their agent, but agent didn’t remit

July 25th, 2014

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We’ve just received a statement from Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, responding to the allegations in the media yesterday that they evaded duty taxes since 1998 and are under investigation by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority ZIMRA. Essentially, Econet is saying the article was false and defamatory. But the companies does go on to explain the details of the matter between [...]

The death of the postman

July 25th, 2014

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When I was a young man in our rural home there were only two households with landline phones. These doubled as phone shops and people would queue for hours to make brief calls over poor lines that buzzed like bees due to static. If you think today’s mobile operators are ripping you off then you [...]

Now you can buy laptops from BeForward

July 24th, 2014

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If you’ve bought a car from BeForward before (not too sure how many HAVEN’T) but you’ll be pleased to know the largest car dealer selling cars to Africa is now selling laptops. Yes, you know them for being one of the largest (if not the largest) online used car sales websites, sending hundreds of thousands of [...]

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Nafuna TV to set up animation campus

July 24th, 2014

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Local animator Nqobizitha “Enqore” Mlilo of the Nafuna TV fame says he wants to set up an animation academy to expand the impact of the craft in Zimbabwe, build an appreciation of it’s potency as a medium and create an full fledged industry churning out high quality productions. Anyone with an understanding of animation will [...]

Parliament protects cellphone users’ privacy

July 24th, 2014

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The Zimbabwean legislative took a stand for cellphone users’ privacy yesterday when it outlawed legal provisions that allow the ZRP to approach mobile network operators and access information provided by a subscriber when registering a SIM card. According to a report in the Herald, this ratification followed a submission of a report prepared by the [...]

Zvinhu Zvirikufaya viral videos and social media marketing

July 23rd, 2014

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There really is no stopping this “Zvinhu Zvirikufaya” craze that has gripped social media is there? More and more amusing videos are being churned out by Zimbabweans and being posted on the popular Facebook page.   The latest video on Facebook features this snazzy dude drinking home brewed masese (opaque traditional Zimbabwean beer) from a wine [...]

Liquid Telecom increasing VSAT capacity

July 22nd, 2014

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With all the fibre trenching Liquid Telecom does in Africa, it’s easy to assume the company’s products are all around fibre. You couldn’t be further from reality. Even though the city and highway trenching is what is easy to see, Liquid is still very active on the satellite front. For obvious reasons really; fibre is nowhere near reaching every corner of the [...]

Telecel #TellSomeone, imitation is the greatest form of flattery

July 22nd, 2014

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It all started with Telecel’s successful rebranding exercise in February 2012. The network operator managed to craft a tagline, “Go Ahead, TellSomeone”, that effectively combined their brand name with a viral marketing concept to their user experience that every user had to “tell someone” about. NetOne, in what seemed like a quest to create steam [...]

Is Zimbabwe missing out on Africa’s growth wave?

July 22nd, 2014

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The past few weeks provided me a rare chance to listen to a different view about investment and innovation on the African continent. I wish to share that through this short article. Clearly, the continent is an emerging market, which has a golden opportunity to tap into the strong global sentiment of goodwill about its [...]

Startup solutions can help local tourism

July 21st, 2014

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Local tourism has always been a great investment centre that can be tapped into by players with the right enterprise, imagination and resources. It has continually been noted as a key contributor to the economy, with a lot of attention focused on how tourism related revenue generation can be boosted exponentially. Recently the Minister of [...]

Android Fundamentals – Google’s plan to lend developers a hand

July 21st, 2014

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As part of it’s push to bring more Android developers on board, Google is teaming up with Udacity to offer a free course on mobile development called Android Fundamentals. Android Fundamentals is an online course that is made to walk you through the necessary steps required in building Android apps, the best practices in mobile [...]

Econet announces free access to Twitter, your move Telecel?

July 20th, 2014

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Econet Wireless announced that they will be giving all broadband subscribers free access to micro blogging site Twitter.  With a tweet carrying an amusing jibe at Telecel’s catch phrase #tellsomeone, Econet has highlighted that this freebie will only last for one month. This is a welcome development for the Zimbabwean Twitter community aka #Twimbos. Expectations [...]

Startup TV Yangu wants Africa to tell its own story through video

July 18th, 2014

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We all love great video content. It has an even greater impact if it’s got local relevance. Because of this appetite more and more local content creators are churning out productions but they face the challenge of limited online places where all this content can be consumed. TV Yangu, a local video on demand service [...]

WeChat and Telegram were supposed to replace WhatsApp. What happened?

July 18th, 2014

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With 100 million users in its bag, a Chinese messaging app called Weixen decided to change its name to WeChat. A globally recognisable English name, an already globally recognisable look and feel, and a globally popular footballer as brand ambassador were going to do it. Not only was WeChat a WhatsApp, it was more. Much much more! Ads went [...]

EconetHealth launches EcoHealth Tips

July 18th, 2014

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Earlier today, EconetHealth, the health services subsidiary of Econet Wireless launched a new product called EcoHealth Tips at a ceremony attended by various stakeholders in the health sector including officials from the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare. The new offering provides health related information via USSD to subscribers who sign up for the new [...]