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Gtel launches new phone with contract package from Telecel

October 30th, 2014

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Last night we attended the launch of Gtel’s new flagship phone, called the Gtel A755 SL5.5 or simply the SL5.5. The new device which will be available from the 1st of November 2014 (this Saturday) has a cash price of $490. The event also included the unveiling of a new contract package for buying their device range. [...]

Facebook financial results at a glance: it’s all about ad revenue and mobile

October 29th, 2014

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Yesterday Facebook reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2014. The figures posted by the social media giant showed a strong performance across several areas despite losses from its IM acquisition WhatsApp. Revenue for the third quarter came to $3.2 billion which was a 59% increase from last year. Advertising revenue was a cool $2.96 [...]

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EcoCash introducing service with Western Union, what can we expect?

October 29th, 2014

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EcoCash, the mobile money arm of Econet Wireless, is set to launch a new service that allows Western Union money transfers to be made directly into a recipient’s EcoCash wallet. Western Union already has a similar web to mobile money transfer arrangement with network operators in and outside Africa such as Kenya’s Safaricom, Tigo from [...]

iWayAfrica connectivity “challenges” persist

October 29th, 2014

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On Friday the 3rd of October I woke up and for the first time in a while (what is two years) could not go online using my Rocket modem.On every attempt to connect I kept getting stuck with a “PPP link control protocol” was terminated error. At first I thought this problem was from my [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S: the return of the screen king

October 28th, 2014

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The gadget for the following review was sponsored by Goldtech Electronics Zimbabwe. The world of tablets has been filled with budget and mid-tier spec devices and every so often we see a tablet rising above the rest to battle it out with Apple on the high end side of things. This time around it’s Samsung [...]

Gtel to launch the slimmest phone on the market tomorrow

October 28th, 2014

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Gtel Cellular, a local device manufacturer is set to launch a new mobile phone tomorrow night called the Gtel A755. This is likely to be the brand’s new flagship phone, succeeding the A750 Xplora MX1 which was launched in June this year. One interesting feature about this new phone is that it will be the thinnest device [...]

How to deal with neighbourhood hackers: tips for securing your Wi-Fi

October 28th, 2014

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Recently on a local social media group, I have noticed a trend in the “need” to hack wireless networks in order to steal other people’s PAID FOR internet. Just in case people forgot, this is unethical and illegal. I don’t know what the charges are for hacking in Zimbabwe, so I suggest checking with your [...]

Techzim gadget review: Our thoughts on the new iPhone 6

October 27th, 2014

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We finally managed to get our hands on the new iPhone 6. This is the latest offering from Apple which was released last month complete with the new iOS 8. The new device is slimmer than its predecessor, with a larger screen, faster processor and improved camera. Without venturing too much into the specifics of [...]

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No you aren’t the only one, Econet is down (update)

October 27th, 2014

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If you are an Econet subscriber you might have noticed that all USSD services are currently not working. Any attempt to use the network results in a pop up message about a “connection problem or Invalid MMI code” From conventional airtime recharge, balance inquiry, recharge via EcoCash or any other EcoCash service for that matter, [...]

Zim smartphone penetration now over 15%, but what exactly is a smartphone?

October 27th, 2014

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Last week Econet released its half year results that carried indicators of the mobile network operator’s performance and placement in telecoms. According to the same report, Zimbabwe now has a smartphone penetration rate that now stands at over 15%. This is an improvement from the 10% that Econet also referenced in its last financial report [...]

Zim hospitals introduce a new e-Health system: How does it work?

October 27th, 2014

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In an earlier article, we mentioned that the government was making strides towards establishing an electronic health record system. This was based on the experience we had of Mpilo Central hospital having set up an electronic system that was being used mainly for accounting purposes. It turns out the Ministry was working on something bigger. [...]

Dear ZIMRA: How about paying taxes through mobile money?

October 24th, 2014

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In Kenya it’s now possible to pay taxes via mobile money. According to a recent report in Mobile Money Africa, mobile operator Airtel has partnered with the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to introduce the new service. This service will allow subscribers to inquire about KRA services, generate a KRA payment reference number which will be [...]

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Econet releases HY results: Revenues increase, earnings decline

October 24th, 2014

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The latest financial results for Econet Wireless for the half year ending August 2014 were released yesterday with an indication of a performance that has benefited significantly from the network’s overlay services. With revenue for the period up by 4.2 % to $392.3 million Econet has been posting a strong performance, despite the tough economic environment [...]

Startup Weekend Harare returns

October 23rd, 2014

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In May this year, the first ever Zimbabwean edition of the Startup Weekend was held at Hypercube in Harare. The good news for those interested in being part of it is that the tech entrepreneurship event is headed this way again, with this edition set to run from the 21st to the 23rd of November [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]