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How to get an ultra cheap tablet

tablets-everbuyingWhile most people would want to own a tablet the costs of buying one here in Zimbabwe remain prohibitive. A 3G tablet will cost you more than $350 dollars easy and most of the “deals” offered by network operators are nothing short of ridiculous in addition to be convoluted and difficult to understand. Most people do not qualify anyway because of the stringent “Terms and Conditions.”

We have looked at how you can buy a tablet for under $150 before. Today we will look at how you can land a tablet for under $110* (you can even get a WiFi device for around $60.) The catch is that you will have to be patient for it to arrive-it will take anything between 4-8 weeks.

  • Visit the Chinese online wholesaler and select your desired tablet. I would recommend the one shown here. It has built in 3G (WCDMA), GPS, a decent 5.0 MP camera( 2.0 MP front camera), 512 MB RAM, 4G ROM and WiFi. It is a dual SIM device that can take both your Telecel and Econet lines in case there is another fallout. A WiFi only device can also be bought for as little as $46 dollars and you can also use the search box. Please note there is a difference between external and internal 3G. You most likely want internal 3G as the former will require you to purchase an additional modem in order to make calls.

  • You can also buy accessories for your tablet such as memory cards, leather cases, stylus, stand and keyboard but there is very difference in price between buying on the site and buying these here in Zimbabwe. Cheap memory cards at comparable prices can be bought at an IT shop on corner Leopold Takawira street and Nelson Mandela.

  • You might want to purchase a powerbank in case of power cuts or for when you are on the road. These Chinese tablets are not exactly known for their battery life. I would recommend this one – it can charge your device up to three times which could add about 4 days of battery life.

  • During the checkout process select the flat rate shipping which is free. This will take anywhere between 2-8 weeks so be patient. Just think of it as applying for a Passport.The Parcel is sent via SingPost which will issue a tracking number which you can use to track the progress of the parcel. I must warn you however that the tracking is not as detailed as say FeDex or DHL’s. You will only get a package is in transit message.

  • When the Parcel has arrived you will get a card from the Post Office in your mail( your letter box) with payment details for ZIMRA. This will include a nominal handling fee for the Post Office usually about $10. The ZIMRA tab for the chosen tablet would be $ 19. Please see an early article on how to do the calculations if you have chosen a different tablet.

NB. This is not an iPad so don’t try to make comparisons between the specs. This is a Tablet that you can use to go on WhatsApp, play games, check on your servers, use Google Maps etc. It is a tablet for the Junk market but it will take pictures that will not embarrass you on Instagram and Facebook.

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Thanks to K Thaker for the tip about Free Shipping.


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15 thoughts on “How to get an ultra cheap tablet

  1. What is the zip/postal code for Harare. Then on States column what do you type. I visited and i would want to buy a smartphone

      1. 00263 means nothing.u r confusing international dialing code with postal code. any 5 digit number that’s not assigned to a place works

        1. I know its no better than the others but thanx for the tip. I just picked it because it seemed kinda of poetic plus its not assigned to anyone else nor is 00000. I just did not want to confuse @wedlockpristinemaduku:disqus with a lengthy lecture of the Postal system.

    1. We(in Zimbabwe) dont use a postal code sorting or addressing. systems. Five zeros will suffice (00000)

      +1 Garikai for a very helpful article! Whatever improves accessibility can only be commended.

    1. CDMA is a 2G technology. Europe and subsequently africa mostly adopted GSM standards for second generation mobile telephony, whilst other markets (mainly state side) employed CDMA. (Remember the time when phones purchased from the US wouldn’t work here). WCDMA is a 3G technology that mainly evolved from Europe with standards that sought to bring about universality of the handset. It could be said in the loosest sense to have evolved from 2G/ GSM. The CDMA equivalent of WCDMA would thus be EV-DO….

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