Apart from the free dumb phone, there’s one other thing that Econet did these past several months that really impressed me; the Facebook Bundles. But you and I know Facebook is only but half of our social life on the internet. WhatsApp fills the other half. Ok, there’s Twitter, Google Hangouts, WeChat, Pinterest and the others too but lets face it they’re not as big locally. So anyway, Econet has gone and unlocked that other half. They have introduced WhatsApp Bundles!
An ad in the print press today says so:
This is brilliant because, I’m sure like me, you often run out of internet bundles and find it frustrating to also have WhatsApp go cold. And when you load up your internet bundles to have to share it with non-critical apps like Gmail, app updates and other such (yes, you can block these them from the net but then what’s the point of having them?). Knowing your WhatsApp will always on no matter what – that’s great stuff.
But there’s a downside to this otherwise brilliant deal: it seems these WhatsApp bundles are totally independent of the Facebook bundles – which kind of makes this app bundle business start looking expensive. Unlimited monthly WhatsApp for $3 plus unlimited Facebook for $3 doesn’t look as cheap as, say, unlimited WhatsApp + Facebook + Twitter for $5.
The WhatsApp bundle prices (30 cents for a day, 95 cents for a week and $3 for a month) themselves do look expensive for a nifty data efficient app like WhatsApp. A little less that Facebook would have been realistic but maybe Econet knows how so WhatsApp hungry people are that they won’t look at that price tag long enough to think twice.
Prices adjustments aside this is brilliant package and I’m definitely buying myself a month!