According to an update to its terms and conditions, Econet’s social media bundles will no longer allow subscribers to make voice and video calls on either WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.
The extract from its revised Terms and Conditions reads:
The social bundles will not be able to initiate OTT Video and Voice calls.
This comes after Econet made adjustments to its data tariffs in line with POTRAZ directive to have a floor pricing of data set at $0.02/mb.
Econet was the first MNO to act on the directive from POTRAZ adding its own Terms & Conditions of how its subscribers can use the bundles they purchase.
According to POTRAZ, the directive was done in consultation with MNOs and Techzim suspects that Econet jumped at the chance to end WhatsApp and Facebook calling to bring people back to the more expensive traditional voice calling which had seen sharp declines in revenue over the last few years as OTT services (data services like skype, Viber, WhatsApp and facebook) dominated the communication market.
Techzim is yet to hear from NetOne and Telecel. In the case of NetOne, its OneFusion product is definitely on the chopping block and could see it drastically revised to meet the new directive from Potraz which sets the lowest legal price of data at 2 cents