We were all expecting some change to the free Twitter from Econet this month, so an announcement regarding the service isn’t surprising.
A short while ago, Econet announced (via Twitter, of course) that the Free Twitter promo has come to an end. The freebie has now been incorporated into the Opera Mini Bundles.
Dell Inspiron 3542US $200.00 Gweru
HP laptopsUS $700.00 Marondera
Laptop BagsUS $10.00 Bulawayo
Hp g3/g4 ee Chromebook (mini laptop)US $90.00 Harare
— Econet Wireless (@econetzimbabwe) February 21, 2015
In as much I have a love/hate relationship with all bundled services (Net Neutrality versus the Zimbabwean broadband economics argument ) have steered away from the Opera Mini bundles (which I think are overpriced). Econet, however, seems keen on getting all of us to part with 95 cents every three days for the service.
First it was the Opera Mini and WhatsApp combination, now free Twitter is the carrot. Even though Facebook hasn’t been considered (It has its own bundle which must be raking in “bundles” for Econet in that state), it’s very clear that a lot of expectations for revenue growth are being pinned on this Opera Mini bundle.
First, WhatsApp and Opera Mini, now WhatsaApp, Twitter and Opera Mini? This has all the makings of an amalgamated social media bundle. It’s the WTF combination that we have been expecting and it looks like it’s starting to take shape.
This just means that I have to pay for Twitter again. Not that it’s a train smash really. The Twitter application has a very very low demand for data, but then again, paying for something that has been free for seven months is something you can’t ignore.