Econet now offering 1 GB for $1 in latest data bundle adjustment

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No, it’s not a dream. That’s what we thought when we were told to check it out. Econet is now selling 1 GB of data for $1 and 3GB for $2. Those are the new prices of the Econet Dream Data Bundles that were introduced last month.

In an effort to double down on mobile broadband(that’s where all the attention is going to be this year from the looks of things), Econet has tweaked one of its newest packages in a way that will have a significant impact on internet usage. This is now the cheapest mobile broadband package on the market.

Apparently it’s not just the price either. Some Econet mobile broadband subscribers pointed out that the validity period on the dream bundle has also been adjusted from a 12 am to 5 am window to a 10 pm to 8 am slot. It looks like they really listened to the feedback subscribers gave when these dream bundles were introduced.

No adjustments have been made to the daily data bundles, the daytime equivalent of the dream bundles, although Econet did introduce a 50 MB – $2 bundle a few days ago.

The other mobile operators haven’t made similar changes to their mobile broadband prices and packages. The only competition that Econet seems to be going up against is the coterie of WiFi providers like TelOne that keep adjusting their own packages. 

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30 Comments

  1. fourwallsinaroom says:

    what is the FUP? If this is 100% un shaped un restricted and can be accessed through econet wifi zones, then for once I will applaud you econet.
    That said, why up until today do you not have a google bundle. The only thing I have ever wanted is unlimited access to my gApps. You can keep play store, I do not need to download anything, but in order of importance just in case you are reading
    1. Device Manager
    2. Google Maps
    3. Contact Sync
    4. Gmail
    5. Drive (you can put a Fair usage policy here, lest we start sharing movies on google drive!)
    6. Calendar
    7. Google Plus
    8. Search
    9. News
    10. Play (fair usage policy to control app downloads)

  2. Terry says:

    Im using Africom. They have a new Night-browsing deal. For $4 i get 7 gig valid for 7 days. I thinks thats cheaper than the Econet deal. And the hours are better, 8pm to 6am.

    1. fourwallsinaroom says:

      Terry, does this have restrictions or you can download whatever you would like at those times?

      1. Anonymous says:

        hanzi 7 gig lol

      2. Terry says:

        You can download anything your heart desires. Subscribed for the first time last week. Im definitely subscribing again tmrw when it runs out. A point to note, wen u subscribe on the Africom page, it says its 1 gig a day over 7 days for $4, but in practice it doesnt restrict you to 1 gig a day. You can use more than 1 gig in 1 night but the cap is 7 gig for those 7 days.

        Wats so funny Anonymous?? Please share the joke.

  3. fourwallsinaroom says:

    Also
    1. How many dream bundles can you use per day?
    2. Does dream bundle work on the LTE dongle?
    3. Just to get things into perspective here if we assume a 10% overhead for a download speed of 1Mbps. Why the overhead, well there are signalling protocols that are required to keep the link open your usual layer 4 stuff etc.
    Then that means you can pull down 1Gb in about 2hours 23minutes.
    At 7.2Mbps you can do the same excercise in roughly 19 minutes.
    At LTE speeds assume 45Mbits/s in approx 3 minutes

    with all that said, it would seem like a smart idea for Econet to actually not shape the link – my reasoning is especially for LTE and UMTS connections is if I am only going to use the network for 3-20 minutes (broad range i know) on LTE and then free the resource its a pretty good return on a dollar. Think of this in terms of how many carrier slots each base station can hold.

    The reason why unlimited internet failed for Powertel and Africom is because you had 5% of the subscribers occupying 95% of the bandwidth. But when you limit to say 1Gb then the carrier slot in use has to be released, and the higher the download speed, the sooner that slot will be released for use by another subscriber. Remember on all air interfaces we are all contending for bandwidth on that base station Just my two cents.

    1. Net Neutrality says:

      Thats a pretty detailed note. Wonder if 80% of the guys here understand that

  4. Tawanda says:

    Have the validity periods changed?

  5. Skeptical says:

    Econet has taken pple for granted for too long. They should introduce those during the day, I will not lose sleep so that I use the internet. Also won’t these bundles ‘magically’ disappear like our airtime used to. I say no to Econet

    1. Allaz says:

      The dream bundles/daily bundles have never disappeared on me before – and I’ve used them extensively since introduction. Also, you don’t have to be awake to use them – just schedule your downloads for after midnight while you sleep. There are plenty of download managers that can do that.

      1. Unknown says:

        @Allaz,,,,I wish everyone knew this Allaz

    2. mutape says:

      you won’t lose sleep it is blazing fast

  6. junior says:

    Tawanda read the article before you comment

    1. Tawanda says:

      I am asking validity as in how many days the bundle is valid for not the access times. I read the article, that is why i asked. Mubvunzo wangu ndewekuti bundle re dhora rinoshanda kwemazuva mangani kana ndisina kupedza mukawo wangu wema GB uye remadhora maviri rinoshanda kwemazuva mangani kana ndisina kupedza mukawo wangu wema GB? Understand before you answer Junior.

      1. Cool says:

        lol nyadziso u misquoted tawanda,I also want to know if they r some changes in their $2 package. w

        1. Cool says:

          its still the same 3 nights

  7. justin says:

    U need to make adjustments on the validity period as well

  8. Allaz says:

    Yes!!! That’s the way Econet: now FIRE SOME MORE PEOPLE and lets get that daily bundle up to 500mb – AHAAA!!!

  9. Cool says:

    wow impresive, I guesse telone’s latest wifi offer has triggered econet to blaze its guns with raging,fierce anger in rambo style. Zveshuwa igore redzidzo kkkkk

  10. Cool says:

    I guese favour is in our (customers) hands now, phew ,its time to flex nd enjoy the game. Its just the beggining, I gotta stock more pop corns coz m expecting someone to punch back!!!! hahahaha m seeing netone trembling outside the battle ring but dont worry they need to master their training aka lte first kkkkk

  11. that one dude says:

    and wat of bandwidth? will the speed magically dwindle? has anyone used it for a while. this is econet we are talking about

  12. Ushe says:

    Ooga booga booga!

  13. mutape says:

    gore rino ukaregera kutora zvinhu panet hameno zvako

  14. mutape says:

    it’s fast people, that is what I used to upgrade my Windows 7 to 10. the download was faster then the installation.

  15. Tawanda says:

    I have to say, i am really impressed with the speed of these bundles. It seems as Econet has gone for the the ‘will give you all the speed you need so that you finish your bundle quickly and leave’ approach & it seems to work. I don’t believe i am saying this but GOOD WORK Econet.

  16. Nyasha says:

    Hmm interesting, I thought Africom’s Night browser package was cheaper because its $0.57 for a gig if you do the math? I may try this product to compare speeds but I honestly have no complaints about the products except sometimes its difficult to purchase from the portal. If it works then I will have 2 favorite networks!

    1. Tawanda says:

      Sad thing is Africom coverage is patchy. Kwedu haibati!

  17. Big homie says:

    I was impressed the first time using the 3gb dream bundle but today 4th Aug 00:21 the top speed i recieved so far is just 36kbs/sec SMH #Econet’sThieveryWays have begun!!

  18. Day Dreamer says:

    I don’t think this has anything to do with TelOne , considering that TelOne has a few wifi zones unlike Econet which has the whole country as its turf.

  19. kurt says:

    wow these are the cheapest bandles in the market. I purchased the $2 bundle and twz super. I cud meet a max speed of 2MB/s on 3G or 6MBPS on 4G around 2300hrs. I created ‘ wifi hotspot on my lumia 830 and connected to my laptop and culd download a 2.7GB windows 10 iso image in less than 1hr. Thanks Econet, you speed z jus in a league of ts own locally. I hv used africom,zol , powertel bt they ar outclassed in terms of speed. Keep t up Econet

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