Zimfon, a US-based Voice-over Internet Protocol service provider (VoIP), targeting Zimbabwe’s diaspora, has said they will be officially launching an additional service next week at an event to be held in Harare. Zimfon has so far been offering VoIP services to Zimbabweans in the diaspora through the Africom network. A teaser on their site indicates they will be offering a flat monthly fee of $13.99 for calls to Zimbabwe.
We’re not sure how big a deal this will be for people in the diaspora, but a comparison with the popular VoIp service Skype shows that if Zimfon will truly be unlimited, it will be significantly cheaper. Skype charges at least $24 for VoIP calls to Zimbabwean landlines and mobiles but only for up to 60 minutes a month. $45 for 120 minutes, and $129 for 400 minutes.
On their current voice rates, Zimfon charges US 12 cents a minute for calls to all mobile networks
and fixed networks with the exception of the Africom network to which they charge 6 cents a minute. These are the same rates Africom charges locally.
We have no idea if Zimfon is an Africom project, a Guro-o partner, or just a company with special arrangements with Africom.