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How much to go online? – here are the prices for Zimbabwean internet services

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Take a look at the calendar, the month of April is as good as over. This means that we have breezed through the first one-third of the year. In local tech and broadband, a lot has come with that passage of time, including a review of voice tariffs.

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We all hoped the Government and POTRAZ, the regulator, would jump in and prompt all Internet service providers and broadband merchants to also lower prices. This wasn’t the case. Luckily, the invisible hand of Economics appears to be working in our favour as consumers and since we last took a look at internet packages and prices, some adjustments have been made.

There have been product and price reviews from Powertel and Africom as well as new internet services now available from TelOne in the form of WiFi and Fibre. Nothing has changed from the mobile telecoms operators in terms of price, but the proliferation of very cheap WiFi might just cause a product/price rethink.

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So how cheap, or expensive, is to go online in Zimbabwe right now? If you are in Harare (and Victoria Falls) it can be free from a ZOL spot or $1 for 100MB of WiFi from TelOne. These seem to be the best options available for quick access. For home internet, it still looks like its economical to get TelOne ADSL at $25 for 10GB.

Here are most of the internet packages available right now and their prices.

AFRICOM

Super Data Promotion Packages

PRICE ($US)SIZEVALIDITY (Hours)
0.5020 MB24
180 MB24
2200 MB24
6500 MB24
101 GB48

MiChoice and Flexi-Bundles Packages

Package/ BundlePriceValidity (Days)
MiChoice - (Offers Unlimited Social Media Access, Browsing)
MiChoice Bronze$57
MiChoice Silver$1014
MiChoice Gold$2530
Flexi - Bundles (Pay As You Go Data Package)
11MB$130
50MB$530
200MB$1530
500MB$2030
1GB$4030
2GB$6030
3GB$7530
5GB$12530
10GB$25030

 

POWERTEL

Weekly Fiesta Unlimited Package

DATA PLANCOST ($USD)UNLIMITED BROWSING DURATION
100 MB2.501 day
500 MB12.503 days
1 GB23.007 days
2 GB39.0014 days

Regular Package

Data BundleCost ($US)
1 GB23
2GB39
3GB58
20GB230

 

TELONE

ADSL

PackagePrice($US)Download Cap
Basic2510GB
Silver4525GB
Gold8550GB
Platinum160Unlimited

TelOne Fibre to the Home

PackagePrice ($USD)Download Speed
Starter365Mbps (usage capped at 20GB)
Boost7010Mbps (usage capped at 50GB)
Intense11820Mbps (unlimited)

 

ZOL ZIMBABWE

PackagePrice($USD)Download Speed
Plus49up to 1 Mbps
Enhanced99up to 2 Mbps
Ultra129up to 3 Mbps
ZOL Fibroniks
Basic Essentials39up to 5Mbps (capped at 15GB per month)
Family Essentials89up to 10Mbps (capped at 30GB)
Entertainment Pack149up to 20Mbps
Modern Family Pack199up to 30Mbps
Power Pack259up to 50Mbps
Turbo Pack339up to 100Mbps

 

APTICS

Package(all packages are unlimited)Cost($US)Speed
Aptics Bargain50256Kbps
Aptics Basic75512Kbps
Aptics Standard1201Mbps
Aptics Deluxe1802Mbps

iWay Africa 

PackageCost ($US)SpeedData Allowance
Mobile Internet423.1Mbps download speedunlimited
WiMaxfrom 99from 1Mbpsfrom 40GB p/m
Fibrefrom 99from 1Mbpsfrom 40GB p/m

 

uMax Internet Packages

musheMAXmonthlyMAXskyMAX
$45/ month$75/month$150/month
15GB allowance40 GB allowance150 GB allowance
2 Mbps download speed3 Mbps speedup to 5 Mbps
15GB access off-peak (12am -6am)40 GB accessible off-peak (between 10pm and 6am)Unlimited access off peak (between 10pm and 6am)

 

Yo Africa WiMax Packages

PackageCost($US)Speed
Mild70512Kbps
Medium110up to 1Mbps
Hot160up to 1.5Mbps

 

Mobile Network Operators Broadband Prices

Data Price (US$)
*All prices are for bundle rates
Econet Wireless BroadbandNetOne BroadbandTelecel Broadband
0.505MB8MB4.8MB
110MB17MB9.5MB
3-70MB76MB
580MB125MB142.5MB
10200MB285MB304MB
20500MB670MB800MB
30-1GB-
351GB--
45--2GB
502.5GB2GB-
75--4GB

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24 thoughts on “How much to go online? – here are the prices for Zimbabwean internet services

  1. Thanks Nigel, been looking for a comparison like this for a while.
    Is there a heading missing (for Telco I assume) after NetOne?

    1. There are two different variants for TelOne, there’s the ADSL and there’s the Fibre to the Home. I just made the adjustment to make it clearer.

  2. I mistakenly bought a dual sim model of the phone I wanted but it seems the real mistake was not putting a Telecel line in the second slot for data! #RIPtelecel

  3. Thanks for a very detailed analysis but Telecel broad is old and should be adjusted to 4.5MB, 9.5MB, 76MB, 142MB etc respectively.

  4. Thanks for this, but I need to make one correction about ZOL WiMax packages. Starting in May, the $99 which I had been using is being increased to $115.50, so can you find out about other levels. The chart in your article has made me to now apply for a DSL Telone line. Goodbye ZOL and your eratic internet.

    1. Hahaha Fairgame apa wajuta… ZOL inofaya but Just spoke to someone from there and there is nothing on zvauri kutaura… I am on WiMAX for business.

  5. Econet advertises opera bundles. I bought the 3 day one and never got to use it. There was hardly any connection and felt cheated. In my part of town the data link is pathetic.

  6. TelOne Fibre to the Home is capped at 50MB for a 10Mbps connection? I am going to assume you meant 50GB?

  7. Telone the only option, Zol is drunk especially WiMax, rushusho, chironda chemumhuno

  8. I have been on Telone Adsl since 2011 and the only time I ahve felt I needed to change up was when Telone introduced fibre to the home….what! $118 for 20mb/s Unlimited? I am sooooo getting off my ADSL and going fibre and to top if off the fibre cable runs 7 meters from my house. Don’t worry guys I will let you know just how good it is and if it is better than ADSL. Telone just keeps on getting better and Yes I am a fan boy 😉

  9. Africom is now useless busy throttling speeds and you cant even youtube anymor. They have blocked a lot of sites. It seems as if they don’t want us customers anymore and forget the reason we left powertel for them is what they are now doing to customers!!

  10. @ Tinashe, I think the problem with Africom packages is people fo not understand them their MiChoice package is meant for browsing ONLY not youtube. You can purchase regular bundle for that and you will be able to youtube all you want. As a student I enjoy the unlimited browsing and I find it very convenient. if they offered unlimted downloads everyone’s speed would be affected by a few bandwidth hogs who stream and download all day with no regard to fair usage which is what happened to powertel and caused them to discontinue their product. Think about it!

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