So, until now ZOL’s entry price for fibre has been $149 which, if you’re like me, is a wait-for-cheaper price. That price has come. This week, ZOL announced via their social media pages that the entry price now is now $89. ZOL being the preachers of uncapped $89 is an unbelievably great deal for uncapped fibre.
But it’s not uncapped.
This service is capped at 20GB which is an about turn on last year’s talk about internet caps being “a very archaic method” of using the internet. The realities of internet economics in Zimbabwe it seems, call for archaic methods.
The new entry level package comes down at 5mbps, whichs great, but depending on your internet habits, that 20GB could vanish in days. This would defeat the purpose of lower priced internet coz you’d need to buy more. It’s not clear from the ZOL website how much more you’d need to pay but a contact at the company told us top ups start at $15 for 1GB all the way up to $120 for 10GB. In short, try to stay within the monthly allocation.
That said, for regular home use 20GB does sound like a lot. For home business, and some MOOC studying, YouTube entertainment, Skype video calling, and maybe torrents of your favourite series, maybe not so much. But I speak as a techie. Habits in the real world can be different and I’m curious to know yours in the comments.
Also note that whether ZOL’s or their competition’s 20GB (or whatever other package) is affordable or not also depends a lot on the coverage. If you just don’t have fibre at your gate you don’t have it. If you have it though, and the other options are not available, that 5 mbps is quite attractive. In fact, I’d say though that I’d personally go for the competition’s slower speed if available at less than $89.
ZOL’s $89 comes with other things as well: a ZOL landline that makes free calls to other ZOL numbers,
and free international calls to the UK, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore (our mistake, no free minutes on this package). For calls to other networks locally, you pay 12 cents a minute.
Entry packages aside, ZOL says it has doubled the speeds on all its fibre packages. The ultimate one, a $339 home package will technically deliver internet to you at 100mbps. You can check out ZOL’s fibre network coverage on their website.