Econet Zero facts: Quick answers to questions you have

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econet-zeroSo there have been many questions coming through our social media about what exactly Econet Zero is about. For some reason, either people can’t believe the deal, or we just didn’t put it in quick point format form. So instead of us just dishing it out, we sent the question to Econet so they could say it in their own words. Here you are:

Q: What is Econet Zero?
A: Brought to you by Econet Broadband and EcoSchool, Econet Zero offers FREE internet access to world-class education content for all Econet Broadband users in Zimbabwe. As a Mobile Network Operator, Econet is in a strategic position to influence the education sector through its operational efficiencies in providing unparalleled access to information. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge enabling learning anywhere, anytime!

Q: Is Econet Zero available to all Econet subscribers?
A: Yes! All Econet broadband subscribers can now benefit from the offerings, with content ranging from music instruction, math, programming, and lectures from leading institutions such as Yale, MIT, and UC Berkeley. Start learning today!

Q: Is Econet Zero a promotion with a start and end date period?
A: We will evaluate the performance of Econet Zero, but for now, there are no limitations set forth. You do, however, need to be an Econet broadband subscriber.

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Q: Is the service already active?
A: Yes! Visit the list of approved sites today and begin a path of learning with no data charges. As stated before, “Free Education At Last!”

Q: Do subscribers need to go through some form of registration to gain access?
A: No! Simply start browsing the approves list of zero-rated sites.

Q: Can we have the full list of the Zero rated websites.
A: Please find attached. [below]

Q: Is YouTube really Zero rated as stated on the Econet School website.
A: No. Please refer to the attached for a full list of the zero-rated sites.

 

The free sites:

Early Education:

  • Abcmouse.com
  • Pbskids.org
  • Kids.nationalgeographic.com

MOOCS & Online Courses:

  • Coursera.org
  • Udacity.com
  • Udemy.com
  • Edx.org

Recorded Lecturers:

  • Oyc.yale.edu
  • Ocw.mit.edu
  • Webcast.berkeley.edu

Test Prep:

  • Actstudent.org/testprep
  • Sat.collegeboard.org/practice
  • Princetonreview.com
  • Kaptest.com

Books:

  • books.google.co
  • Gutenberg.org
  • Librivox.org
  • Bartleyby.com
  • Poemhunter.com

Math:

  • Wolframalpha.com
  • Projecteuler.net
  • Mathrun.net

Language Learning:

  • Duolingo.com
  • Memrise.com
  • Livemocha.com
  • Busuu.com
  • Verbling.com

Programming:

  • Codecademy.com
  • Learncodethehardway.com
  • Learnstreet.com
  • Htmldog.com
  • Tryphython.org
  • Rubymonk.com
  • Codingbat.com

Music:

  • Justingutiar.com
  • Musictheory.net
  • Playbassnow.com
  • Teoria.com

How To’s:

  • Instructables.com
  • Thedailymiscellany.com
  • Wikihow.com
  • Wonderhowto.com
  • Howstuffworks.com

Random Knowledge:

  • Mentalfloss.com
  • Lumosity.com
  • Snopes.com
  • Nowiknow.com
  • Sporcle.com

Research:

  • Ipl.org/ – Internet Public Library
  • Wikipedia.org
  • Encyclopedia.com

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11 Comments

  1. Ok so who is going to come out with the un-official(or official) Econet-Zero app so people don’t need to browse half the internet to find out which sites they can visit?

    Hey how about an Econet App that offers all their services, am I the first person to think of this?

    Econet my fee is a small 0.1% of your revenue…

    1. Great points. Fat chance of getting that 0.1% revenue

      1. Come on this is Econet we’re talking about they are innovative and fair…

        It would be a great app though consolidating all their services in one place to truley benefit the customer.

    2. Alu Moyo says:

      I think its called the BOOKMARKS function? Found in even the most archaic browser.
      An app for ALL their services sound good though – especially considering that last week they put out a glossy A3 poster doing exactly that; listing all of their services and shortcodes. It was in EVERY COPY of the Thursday Herald – developing an app I’m sure could have cost a fraction of that.

      1. Bookmarks could be an option @disqus_Jpt1QQr9DR:disqus if you’ve already visited the sites. What about everyone who is “Discovering” these resources? I just feel it would be better utilised if they where all listed/categoriesed on some kind of official platform. As far as I can see the Econet web site doesn’t even give you this information.

        A search on http://www.econet.co.zw yields no results for Econet Zero, there is no domain pointing to a sub site neither http://www.econetzero.co.zw or http://zero.econet.co.zw are active.

        If they had their own official app I would guess that Econet Zero would be a menu item with “Quick Links” to the various sites availaible.

        Who knows all this may be in the pipeline but I still feel they are treating some of these things as after thoughts rather that part of the initial solution.

    3. TSA - The Serial Analyst says:

      kkkkkk… man, that 0.1% is no small amount! But I like your idea…

  2. :) says:

    At risk of sounding ungrateful, I wish they had also added Khan Academy to that list. This is fantastic news though! I hope Econet won’t pull back if there’s a spike in data usage from all the videos people may begin to watch.

  3. Marshall says:

    🙂 Playbassnow.com;
    Macheso…..

  4. This is awesome. Wondering if it will work for the app versions of these sites too. i.e Duolingo app

  5. Lloyd says:

    For me, the front page is accessible. Links do not. To visit the links, I turn to PowerTel.

  6. japs says:

    lovely

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