Tag Archives: EcoCash

2014 in review: The winning apps for the year

December 17th, 2014


We are at that time of the year when we decide to take a step back and try to get a better sense of what was really going down in 2014. It’s the end of 2014, and I have had my fair share of experiences this year with quite a lot which includes apps. I […]

Econet reactivates USSD long codes, fixes and updates its EcoCash app

December 16th, 2014


Just last month we were complaining about how Econet was dragging its feet in updating its EcoCash App which has been available on Android since March this year. The app had become ineffective because of the disabling of USSD long codes that run at the back of the app, powering every function selected.The good news is that […]

Econet jumps back into insurance. What’s their play here?

December 11th, 2014


It’s no longer called EcoLife, but Econet are back in the insurance game. This time it’s called EcoSure, and its hardly the same thing as the previous offering. The service has a different value proposition and merits in other aspects such as ease of use and a different payout. This is the MNO’s renewed attempt at […]

Steward Bank goes branchless with new Agent Banking Model

November 26th, 2014


Earlier today Steward Bank, a wholly owned entity of Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, introduced its new Agent Banking model to the public at a launch in Harare. Under this new model, selected EcoCash agents will offer a number of services under the Steward Bank banner. Steward Bank is also introducing the AllSave Bank account as the […]

When will Econet fix its EcoCash app?

November 18th, 2014


I still think that one of the best things to come from EcoCash is their EcoCash app. Although launched for Android only, after a bit of controversy around a previous version from another developer, it makes transacting easier and faster. In the absence of USSD long codes and cards like the EcoCash Tap and Go […]

Exclusive: Econet relaunches Ecolife (update)

November 13th, 2014


We have just been informed by sources close to Econet that the MNO is set to reactivate its insurance product Ecolife tomorrow. This isn’t an official launch, it’s more like a silent rollout of the service which hadn’t been available since 2012. This time Econet will be riding solo with its own new life assurance […]

EcoCash, Western Union consummate remittances relationship

November 6th, 2014


Earlier today we attended the official launch of a partnership between EcoCash Diaspora and Western Union. The service which was already reflective on the EcoCash menu yesterday, had been on the cards for months now. Western Union is the latest remittances firm to partner with EcoCash after a similar arrangement was penned with WorldRemit earlier […]

AfricaCom Awards 2014 nominees: An inspiration for Zim startups?

November 3rd, 2014


The 17th edition of the Annual Africa Com conference, the continent’s largest technology gathering is around the corner and with it, the AfricaCom Awards that recognise the continent’s leading tech and telecoms forces. The nominees list (available here) which was released over a week ago, has reaffirmed some operators and tech entities, including those with […]

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

October 29th, 2014


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 […]

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

October 27th, 2014


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, […]

Dear ZIMRA: How about paying taxes through mobile money?

October 24th, 2014


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 […]

Econet releases HY results: Revenues increase, earnings decline

October 24th, 2014


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 […]

Techzim Podcast: Connected cars and NFC Payments, Zim Dancehall and Ebola

October 19th, 2014


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 […]

More info on EcoCash’s new Tap & Go NFC Card

October 16th, 2014


A few weeks ago we stumbled upon an EcoCash card payment system that was being used at an eatery in Harare. The system, which was under some form of stealth test phase, turned out to be powered by Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, as users simply tapped the cards against a merchant device. Today we […]

Econet ventures into car tracking with its new service

October 15th, 2014


Earlier today we attended the very elaborate launch of mobile operator Econet’s new service called the Econet Connected Car which is part of a new range of products that Econet is calling Connected Lifestyles. The main delivery was by Dorothy Zimuto, the COO for Econet Connected Car, who outlined Econet’s ambition to ensure that most […]

WARNING: Don’t buy airtime through EcoCash on weekends

October 11th, 2014


For some time now, I have been using my EcoCash wallet to buy airtime.Though I don’t get a discount for doing this (they give dealers and wholesalers between 8-10%, surely this can be extended to us, they have no printing costs of a physical recharge card or other costs that are associated with buying airtime) […]

Econet ventures into advertising?

October 10th, 2014


If you’ve made a call on any Econet line in the past couple of days you probably noticed that some of the pop up notifications that you get for any call attempt now come with an advert at the bottom. In the case of the call screen captured in this screen shot Lobels, a local […]

Shared mobile money agents: Does this benefit the ecosystem?

October 6th, 2014


It’s been reported that the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) has pushed through an order compelling Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator, to share its mobile money transfer agents with the other mobile networks. This regulatory intercede in the Kenyan mobile money space is similar to what we noticed earlier this year in the Zimbabwean mobile […]

How to send money to Zimbabwe

October 3rd, 2014


So in sending money to the UK, one of the questions that people asked me was how do I send money to Zimbabwe. Why send money to Zimbabwe? I know, weird question. But there are people out there that still ask. Well, for those of you that still have relatives and friends that are still […]

Why EcoSchool will be good for the ecosystem

October 3rd, 2014


EcoSchool launched its education platform a few days ago. Hopefully it will bring to an end the questions and speculations that we’ve had to deal with at Mazwi, a start up that I have been a part of since 2013. What does the EcoSchool launch mean for our startup in particular and the digital education […]

Everything you need to know about Econet’s EcoSchool

October 1st, 2014


We just attended the official launch of Econet’s EcoSchool that we spoke about yesterday. This time it wasn’t just a pilot launch but the roll out of the service to the whole country. Speaking at the launch the Head of Econet Services, Darlington Mandivenga mentioned that the EcoSchool product and service will be made available […]

Telecel unveils Android mobile app

September 25th, 2014


Earlier today at the launch of the Telecel Telesure Insurance product, the Telecel team unveiled a new telecash Android mobile app for their mobile money service, telecash. The application, which is available for download on the Google Play Store, gives telecash subscribers a faster and easier transaction option for the usual mobile money activities like […]

Zimswitch ATM cash withdrawal charges increased

September 22nd, 2014


Local banks are set to raise the cash charges on Zimswitch ATM withdrawals by 50%. This increases the charge from the current $2 to $3 per transaction starting next month. This adjustment in charges applies to any customer taking advantage of Zimswitch interoperability and withdrawing money from a non- native ATM, which is another bank’s […]

“Sending” Money to South Africa

September 19th, 2014


A lot has changed since the crisis of 2008. Things are better now. I should know since back then I spend most of my time rationing my food supplies and waiting in line for everything from salt,bread, call slots and web pages to load. Most of my time is spend at the gym now trying […]

Zimpost’s Zipcash moves into Botswana

September 18th, 2014


It has been reported that Zipcash the electronic money transfer and remittance service launched by postal service Zimpost has extended its service to Botswana. Zipcash was launched late last year and has been working on expanding the reach of its money remittance service. In May this year Zimpost announced its entry into West Africa and at […]

Econet set to introduce NFC payments through EcoCash?

September 14th, 2014


Here’s something interesting that I spotted while paying for lunch at an eatery in Harare – the cashier was handling payments through a card based system that works through a tapping mechanism. No, it wasn’t the EcoCash Mastercard or telecash Goldcard. It turns out its an NFC enabled “tap and go” system that works with cards […]

Nettcash introduces brand ambassadors to grow agent network

September 12th, 2014


Some months ago we wrote about Nettcash and their official launch in the Zimbabwean mobile money space. The independent service was applauded as a sign of healthy competition in a market dominated by mobile network operators. Since the launch the mobile money landscape has gone through significant changes, with the different service providers noting significant […]

Africalotto introduces online gambling to Zimbabwe

September 11th, 2014


Hammer and Tongues Holdings, through its lottery gaming provider, Africalotto, has introduced mobile and online gambling  to the Zimbabwean market with an Android application called The Africalotto Mobile App. Through this app,the first of its kind in Zimbabwe, registered users can place bets on the different lottery games that Africalotto already provides through its retail […]