Telecel slashes off-peak call & internet tariffs

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TelecelIn a move that’s likely shake the market, Telecel announced today the slashing of call and internet tariffs in a new promotion called Mo Fire. According to a release we received this morning, for a weekly subscription of US $2 calls to other Telecel numbers will be at less than a cent, SMSs free, and mobile broadband at US 3 cents per megabyte.

It’s a big deal. But here’s where this’s an even bigger deal: Off peak, according to the announcement, is between 9PM and 12 noon the next day. Brilliant because usually off peak is a 12 midnight to 5AM affair in the market.

But there’s always a caveat; “A Fair Usage Policy (FUP) will be implemented on the benefits,” says the release. We’re not sure what it means in this case, but usually it’s an escape clause of sorts. We have sent a few question to Telecel to get clarification on this. Well, that and how long this promo will run for as well as whether the 3 cents an MB is an out of bundle rate.

The promo is in addition to the never-ending Mega Juice promo that’s been running for over 3 years now. Recently Telecel also introduced the Broadband Plus promo which effectively cut their data rates by half for bundle buying customers.  Telecel is the second largest mobile operator in Zimbabwe.

Here’s a link to the full press release.


  1. Wellywaa

    Daaaaaaamn Telecel!!! This is pure awesomeness.

  2. mufay

    wow, Telecel never seem to run out of ideas. Thats a great initiative. well done telecel for simple being the best in value for money

  3. Lovemore Hama

    calls are they within the telecel network or accross all networks

    1. pee

      u will call across networks at normal rates its but for sms is free
      across networks during the promotion time, telecel to telecel u will
      enjoy the promotion

      1. Lovemore Hama

        then by decree my WIFE am buying her telecel line and throw away the Eco?? damn line

        1. macdchip

          Kutonga nedemo, ko mahumeni rayitsi anongotaurwa mumawayirosi hausati wamanzwa!! Lol

  4. mufay

    you just dial *2013#, am already in it

    1. Lovemore Hama

      can you call across ntwks

      1. pee

        u will call across networks at normal rates its but for sms is free across networks during the promotion time, telecel to telecel u will enjoy the promotion

      2. L.S.M. Kabweza

        most probably not.

      3. mufay

        no you cant call only on net calls that is telecel to telecel but sms are for all networks

  5. Jojo

    I just love telecel. these guys have made internet cheap. Econet was killing us. Did you know you can buy a telecel line and register it and start browsing in less than 3mins. haaa ndolavha. I really moved over and im loving it.

    1. Sadombo

      izvokwadi chaiyo and Telecel ndolavha too bad!!!!

  6. macdchip

    Im still furious with loss of Mahwindi bt this definitely soothes the pain.

    Well done Telecel….

  7. MhukaHuru

    To hell with my Ecos#!t line, am making my telecel line my main line!

  8. Sadombo

    this is daaaaamn awesome

  9. kays

    does this promotion apply one night per week or it works throughout the nights of the week one would have subscribed for?

    1. William Blink Chui

      Every night, so long as you have not exceeded the FUP on the SMS. It you will need to have airtime (main balance) so that it can bill for the Telecel-Telecel calls.
      For data bundles, you will have to exhaust your data bundles first before you can enjoy the rate of 3c/Mb.

      Great deal all the same

  10. Future

    competition is good but leads to expenses…..

  11. #TheGodsMustBeCrazy

    Would be AWESOME if the *2013# worked or the SMS “2013” to 32013… but alas… No of them do! #NoFire

    1. William Blink Chui

      Must be congestion. Give it a while then try again. Worked for me this morning.

    2. William Blink Chui

      Working on this end, just needs a little patience.

  12. Daniel

    put yo telecel line on yo tablet, buy a $10 or $20 bundle and u never install Droidwall or turn of background sync, all auto updates enabled at it last for me for a month. never worry kuti ndakanganwa kudzima download when i was on wifi. Am loving it! Oh did i mension u still will have $10 or $20 bonus airtime after buying the bundle? Econet is only for those where telecel has no coverage

    1. Time

      Preach!!…I’ve managed to convince all my friends and family members to put telecel in their ipads and their loving it! And tablets can be great data guzzlers which means big business for the networks but Econet and its stupid pricing have failed to see that and seemingly insist on an internet starved nation seeing as they have the largest capacity yet the highest prices too….shouldn’t economies of scale be at work here?…or at least even basic morals from Econet execs?

      Great move telecel…I shall now purchase that recently launched econet wifi device and slip my telecel line in there 😉

      1. William Blink Chui

        Make sure it is not network locked first.

  13. Konzeresai

    Thatz good because Econet yakuda kutoita monopoly munyika muno forgeting kuti it is through the people kuve iri pairi, it should be paying back not with those exorbitant tariffs esp data services

  14. Phil

    The problem with Telecel is that they use these rates as “sweeteners” to bring customers. Once they have gained traction, they remove the promo. They have done this before. Econet may be more expensive, but I like the fact that is a fixed rate that is here to stay.

    1. Tumi

      Yes…you keep supporting Econet that NEVER has promo’s to at least show some type of love for their customers.

      1. Titi WekuMabvuku

        There promotions are blocked by POTRAZ.

        1. William Blink Chui

          LOL, that’s a first. Please share with us how where you got that little bit from…

    2. William Blink Chui

      Mind you, when Telecel review their prices back to “normal” it is still a better deal than the other MNOs

      1. John

        Must be a Telecel Employee!!! Sir Bill you are trying just too hard to fight for Telecel. Kana mukoma Franco vakabaya wani, imi yenyu ndeyeyi???

  15. Greg Chiponda

    give us some context here by comparing the 3c mb with other networks so that we can see how good the deal is

    1. William Blink Chui

      Econet – 10c/Mb
      NetOne – 7c/Mb

  16. Seth

    I would like to petition PORTRAZ to compel the MNO to start working on allowing prepaid customers to port their numbers like they do in SA. Obviously with limits as to how many times you can do it a quarter or something. It will really benefit the consumer and create competition.

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