Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is apparently selling the Samsung Galaxy I9000 for US $6,000 on contract. At least that’s what their website says. An obersevant Twitter user @munron43 posted his shock at the prices earlier this afternoon:
— ronald (@munron43) April 25, 2012
The phone, along with other phones, is being sold on contract, with the amount payable over 2 years in $250 monthly installments. The page doesn’t say what else you get in addition to the phone so we’re assuming it’s mobile broadband (MBB) data.
The going price for the phone at one of Zimbabwe’s most visible mobile retailers LM Cellphones is US $480. If we subtract that amount, we are left with about $230 a month for mobile broadband. Again, MBB here is just an assumption. Now, if you check the Econet Mobile Broadband ‘On The Go’ tariffs page, you’ll see that the lowest In-bundle price per megabyte for data is 7.5 cents. The $230 will therefore buy you a little more than 3GB a month ‘on the house’.
So a safe assumption for now is that for $6,000 you will get a ‘free’ Galaxy I9000 phone and 3GB data a month for 2 years!
We tried contacting Econet to establish the facts and so far we haven’t received a response and the prices on the website remain unchanged. We’ll update this story once we get a response from them.
Some of you will remember Econet pulled an almost similar stunt last year. Then, it was $1,200 spread over 2 years for a free Nokia 2330 and 4 hours of airtime a month.
Update: Got a response from Econet. An update has been posted here. Basically, you pay $250 every month for 2 years and in exchange you get $250 worth of voice calls, SMS and data. Phone is free.
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