Looking for WiFi locally, here are the hotspots

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Shock, anger, dismay, slow acceptance, progress. No, this isn’t just the emotional cycle of someone who supports a struggling English football team, it’s what Zimbabwean mobile broadband subscribers have lived through.

We now accept the way things are, mobile broadband is expensive. But that doesn’t mean we won’t do anything about it though. The easiest option to go for on the market right now is the WiFi hotspot.

As long as your device can access WiFi, you can access, from these spots, relatively fast internet that doesn’t have throttling issues. Even though we no longer have free WiFi hotspots after ZOL attached a charge to its service, there are different providers that have put hotspots in different parts of Zimbabwe.

We have listed below, the different WiFi hotspots and the cost of the WiFi service for three providers, Africom, Telco and Telone. At the time of publishing, we hadn’t been given the hotspot map for ZOL, but we have attached the price list and validity periods of its WiFi vouchers.

One clear observation is that there aren’t enough WiFi hotspots outside Harare. Hopefully with the increasing competition these operators will address the rest of Zimbabwe.

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AFRICOM 

DATA BUNDLESPRICE ($US)
35 MB0.50
70 MB1
225 MB3
6 GB6
TIME BASED BUNDLES
1 Hour$1
1 Day$3
FAMILY BUNDLES
10 GB $10
20 GB$20

Hotspot locations

Harare

  • Africa Unity Square Harare
  • Newlands Shopping Centre Harare
  • Africom Shop Mutare
  • Tendeseka Flats Eastlea
  • Montagu Flats Harare
  • Dova Court Harare
  • Chinamano Heights Harare
  • Chinhoyi Hospital Residential
  • Roma Court Harare
  • HighGlen Shopping Centre
  • Caister Court Harare
  • Chapman Golf Club Harare
  • Alex Sports Club Harare
  • Belgravia Sports Club Harare
  • Megawatt Flats Harare
  • Chinamano Heights Flats Harare
  • Spencer cook gardens Flats Harare
  • Hilton Flats Harare
  • Africom Shop Stanley House Harare
  • Africom Shop Club Chambers
  • The Place Nssa Building Harare
  • Killerny Court Harare
  • Capillano Court Harare
  • Kamuchinda Flats Hotspot
  • Chiringira Courts Harare
  • Avondale Shops Harare
  • Longchen Mall Harare
  • Eastview Gardens Harare

TELCO OPEN ACCESS (TELCONTRACT)

Voucher Price($US)Data Speeds of up toValidity (days)
0.5050MB1Mbps7
1110MB2Mbps14
2250MB2Mbps30
5700MB2Mbps60
101.5GB5Mbps75
255GB5Mbps90

Hotpsot locations

50 sites spread out across Harare, Bulawayo, Mutare and Victoria Falls. To locate one in these areas, click here

TELONE

Voucher (MB)Price ($US)Validity (Days)
10013
24027
600514

Hotspot locations

Harare

  • Mupedzanhamo
  • TelOne Centre for Learning
  • Julius Nyerere Way
  • Runhare House
  • Cleveland House
  • Roadport/ Amtec
  • Montagu Heights
  • TelOne Shop Harare Showgrounds
  • TelOne Shop Joina City
  • TelOne Shop Borrowdale

* TelOne has set up hotspots in Victoria Falls but their locations haven’t been shared on any public platform. You can contact TelOne for those.

ZOL ZIMBABWE

TOPUP (GB)PRICE ($US)VALIDITY (DAYS)
51530
152960
303990

ZOL has over 200 WiFi hotspots across the country, the most for all the operators. To check for availability in your area, contact ZOL directly.



12 Comments

  1. Sam says:

    Thanks for the compilation Nigel. Maybe someone could take the EcoCash Agent Finder source (app itself “disappeared” from the Play Store along with several other big MNO brands’ related ones) and make it a WiFi hotspot locator. Next days for me are full so I can’t do this. But it’d be neat to have an app show you on a map or relative to where you are.

    1. Nicholas says:

      Sam, Econet now has an app called Econet WiFi Zone. This app does exactly as you have said and even goes further to calculate how far you are from the nearest hotspot.

  2. Denver says:

    TelOne spots available on their website http://www.telone.co.zw/business/wifi-hotspots

  3. iRobot says:

    What about Chilli spot, Max spot, Econet Wifi

  4. Jon Sno says:

    You can change your WiFi provider but you can’t change the team you support!

  5. dorellegall says:

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  6. munyaradzi marlon kambuzuma says:

    thannks for giving us updates

  7. techunzipped says:

    i love the work that you do but i do believe its best is you give credit to the source
    http://techunzipped.com/zimbabwewi-fi-hotspot-the-ultimate-guide/
    Thanks for under standing

    1. Nigel Gambanga says:

      Thanks for the comment, but respectfully, your article, though somewhat similar in slant, wasn’t a source for our own piece.

  8. wasu says:

    another useful WiFi hotspot with hassle free connection around 1st street Harare is TechworldConnection.

    https://www.facebook.com/techworldcafe

  9. peter says:

    My favorite is the one downtown at Khan House, 1st Floor

  10. Mands says:

    Moffat heights has recently been active now all of a sudden we are not getting Wi-Fi in the building. how annoying, how can this be rectified?

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