We are told the 4G LTE dongles are finally available at Econet shops, at least in those places where Econet has 4g coverage, which is basically Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls. It’s important though to note that coverage is not who whole city, just sections of it. See the detailed locations at the end of this article.
If you’re one to jump on this immediately, you will be set back US $90 and set to be fair also set forward on speed. Which brings up the question ‘is it a great idea to go out and get a 4G dongle right now?’
Well, first the obvious one is if you are not in Harare, Bulawayo and Vic Falls there’s really no point. At $90 you are paying extra for something you will never use. The 3G dongle is still only $28. Remember back in 2009 when it too was up there priced out of reach? And it’s not Econet’s fault the dongles are dear, just the case of a new technology whose prices will drop with time. We doubt they are putting any meaningful margin on them. Econet have a strong enough case to need these to be in as many hands as possible so people can consume data.
So anyway, add a hefty price to limited 4G coverage and you’re pretty much are buying just coz it’s 4G. Which you’d only want to do if you have extra money to throw around on luxuries.
On performance, for everyday use; email, Facebook, a bit of YouTube, research, Skype etc… 3G is still very capable to deliver so smooth an experience you don’t really need 4G. Unless maybe you’re looking to replace your DStv subscription with internet TV (Netflix, Hulu, iROKOtv) but then again fibre to your home will give you the perfect experience for this.
Why then buy 4G? If you have any suggestions, please do enter them in the comments below.
And here’s the detailed list of locations that have coverage so far (see above picture)
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