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Africom Launches Paid Mobile Broadband Services

Today Africom officially unveiled its paid mobile broadband services through adverts in the press and an email sent today to subscribers using the services for the one month free bandwidth promotion. The email basically tells subscribers to pay by 23 October or get disconnected.

Only the MiChoice package has been launched so far. The package offering is just as we revealed to our readers on Monday; US $15 for 1GB data (update: excluding VAT). In comparison to what the Zimbabwe telecoms giant, Econet, is charging for 1GB (US $98), Africom’s price is by far a preferable alternative.

Here’s the full text of the email from Africom:

The promotional period for mobile broadband internet has come to an end. To continue enjoying service, please visit our shop at Block 3 Tendeseka Office Park to activate your account.

To do this, please bring your modem as well as $15.66 (excl VAT), which the monthly subscription for 1GB of data*

The deadline for account activations is Saturday 23 October  2010; after which service will be terminated for all users who have not activated their accounts.

For your convenience, our shop will be open this Saturday the 23rd of October until 1300hrs.  We look forward to seeing you.

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19 thoughts on “Africom Launches Paid Mobile Broadband Services

  1. it is still pathetic that you can not reach their website (at least not from any connection I tried) to see what coverage they offer of there are any other packages available

  2. pathetic. how can they offer new services when their current services are so poor. try using their services in Bulawayo and see. wont be bothered with the mobile broadband. will wait for powertel myselfr

  3. Does anyone have actual speed test results for Africom in Harare. I ask because I, like at least another 1000 people will be moving to Africom in the next few days because Econet is just unsustainable and I’ll only use like 5mb/week from it to keep my phone synchronized to me e-mail box. What a blunder econet has made because winning us back after this absurd price scheme is gonna cost them an arm and a leg!

  4. That should at least say something to the hungry econet people. 2 bad some of in remote areas has no option but to buy the 1 gig @ $98. It makes econet a daylight robber.
    Crazy cant even understand how its 3 bundle packages differs.

  5. It will be nice to have a website that actually exist not just in the newspapers…….Don’t you think Africom?

  6. Carol,

    I agree…. It’s more like Africom’s Marketing folks, are way ahead of their Technical Department.

  7. I don’t have alot of faith in Africom. I interact with them on an almost daily basis and they are nigh on useless. I’ve been with powertel for almost two years and I’m very impressed. The downtime is negligible, and despite being very expensive compared to Africoms charges and Econets previous charges. For unlimited mobile internet they just have no competition in Zimbabwe.

  8. What is the maximum speed that one can get from africom coz for me it seems to be 40kb/s but they had assured me of 1mb/s. I’m not impressed.

  9. Cool service i have to say reasonable pribe and all but can i use a phone such a nokia n90 as a mordem with Nokia PC Suit

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