Econet Broadband’s service shuffle wasn’t just restricted to the 2 GB day bundles. The operator also recently introduced LTE monthly bundles that are meant to offer some form of additional value to subscribers using the faster mobile broadband service.
There are 7 bundles with the cheapest pegged at $5 for 250 MB and the premium package offering 50 GB of data for $100. All bundles in this class are valid for 30 days.
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LTE bundles are a fairly common concept in telecoms. In other markets operators like Airtel, MTN and Warid Telecom in the Middle East all offer the same sort of service pack for subscribers using a 4G/LTE connection. The idea is to offer an extensive broadband allowance that is comparable to the faster connection and the resultant different broadband consumption patterns.
Econet seems to be going with the same idea here though the cost of the bundles isn’t so favourable across the board. For example, the $5 for 250 MB translates to $1 for 50 MB.
When stacked up against Econet’s standard cost of mobile broadband outside promotional packages, it actually seems to be some form of a bargain. The same can be said for the expensive packages on that roster that will set you back $70 for 30 GB or $100 for 50 GB. However, in the face of promotions that offer 2 GB for $3, it’s hard to justify that price.
Perhaps the 30 day validity period is meant to add shine to these LTE bundles, or maybe like LTE-enabled devices, they are targetted at a certain demographic with more disposable income.