Over the past several days, we’ve been getting some interesting information from people close to Telecel regarding data services. Some of the information is very much public; like the fact that Telecel has extended the data services trial to more subscribers.
Apparently, a lot of Telecel subscribers got SMSes from the operator that said they were going to get free mobile internet services as part of a wider test roll out. The last time we communicated with Telecel, back in October, we were told data services will be launched “early next year”.
There other information is more interesting. We got this from a colleague and it’s yet to be confirmed by Telecel. It’s interesting enough we thought we would share it. According to our source, Blackberry will be going live on Telecel soon. Apparently Blackberry services would have come sooner but the delay was caused by a situation where some Indian company was bidding to offer the service.
Blackberry is a suite of integrated hardware, software and services providing an always-on connection to business and consumer applications including email, phone, intranet, Internet and SMS. Blackberry is mostly considered a mobile business productivity tool but Blackberry devices are popular as consumer gadgets as well.
If this goes through, Telecel will become the first mobile operator to offer blackberry services in Zimbabwe. We have written to Telecel to get an official comment on this and will be providing more information once we get it.
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