TelOne, Zimbabwe’s sole fixed line operator, has just announced the introduction of physical prepaid recharge cards for their ADSL broadband service. The recharge cards come in $25, $45, $85 and $160 denominations which have data caps of 10GB, 25GB, 50GB and unlimited data respectively.
We expected the different cards to have uniform speeds but a contact at the company tells us this is not so. The different cards are different “packages” and indeed represent company’s existing Basic ($25), Silver, Gold and Platinum ($160) packages. What doesn’t make sense ofcourse is if there’s a limitation already on the amount of data one can consume, why limit the speed? In fact, wouldn’t it benefit TelOne to ensure every package is getting the fastest speed possible, so they buy more data faster?
Anyway, speeds aside, the recharge cards are only available at TelOne shops, so for now nothing changes about needing to go to a TelOne shop to buy ADSL data. We’re guessing though that eventually they’ll have a bulk price distribution model so that they can offload most of the consumer facing hard work to electronic voucher distributors and street vendors.
We’re told though that a mobile money buying option is coming soon.
Here’s the full announcement.