It is common knowledge now that Zimbabweans are going to be getting better quality mobile Internet within the next 2 weeks. Whether it’s going to be affordable or not is of course another matter altogether and a discussion for when the official tariff schedules come out.
We’ve been trying to get information about the Africom mobile internet tariffs and here’s what we have so far:
There will basically be three packages for the consumers to choose from. One called MiChoice, another MiHome and the last one MiBudget. The three have varying setup fees depending on whether you require other additional services like VoIP.
Setup for MiHome for example will likely be about US $400 and MiBudget about US $200. MiChoice has the cheapest setup fees of about US $80. We’re told MiChoice is for subscribers just looking for mobile Internet and nothing else.
In terms of monthly charges, MiBudget will have a flat US $100, MiHome a flat US $80 and MiChoice US $15. That $15 will give you 1GB of data and any megabyte of data you use after bursting the 1 gigabyte will cost you a cent.
More on what the terms Megabyte and Gigabyte mean on this link.
The Africom launch of paid services was supposed to have been done last week but we hear unforeseen issues with their supply chain have caused the delay. The industry has speculated other reasons for the delay. Africom, Econet and Powertel are falling over each other right now releasing mobile internet products, expanding mobile internet coverage and bidding to win the hearts (and wallets) of subscribers. Powertel just opened up to more subscribers last week, after suspending new subscriptions for years. Econet on the other hand is launching some data services on 20 October (2 days from now) but price indications so far are making us worry a bit.
We haven’t been mentioning Telecel much in all this and some readers have asked us why. The guys have just been so silent the past 2 months it’s like they never mentioned data services at all. We’ve just sent them an email to request an update. So click back for that in a day or so.
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