Breaking News – Econet unveils new steep mobile data tariffs as POTRAZ’s floor prices come into effect

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The floor prices for voice and mobile data bundles proposed by Zimbabwean telecoms regulator, POTRAZ, which have been the subject of a lot of debate this past week have now been put into effect.


Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, the country’s largest mobile network operator has been the first to make changes. It has adjusted its product lineup and unveiled a set of new tariffs for its bundles as well as the WhatsApp and Facebook bundles. As was anticipated the costs are pretty steep.

You can view the bundles by dialling *143# on Econet


With effect from the 11th of January 2017, the cheapest bundle of data (5 MB on a standard connection plus another 5 MB available on WiFi) now costs 50 cents.

$1 will get you 10 MB plus the bonus 10 MB on WiFi and the highest amount of data you can get (2.5 GB plus 2.5 GB bonus on WiFi) now costs $50.

Social Media bundles, that is the WhatsApp and Facebook bundles that have been the cheapest avenue for partial internet access have also gone up and from the looks of things are no longer pegged individually or as weekly or monthly offerings but are instead based on data usage.

The cheapest bundle is also set at 50 cents and it comes with 10 MB of data plus a 10 MB bonus. For $2.50 (which is close to what subscribers used to pay for month’s access) you’ll now get 80 MB plus an extra 80 MB on WiFi.


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57 thoughts on “Breaking News – Econet unveils new steep mobile data tariffs as POTRAZ’s floor prices come into effect

  1. Those prices are fucked up, compared to south africa , zim is goin down a road it will never recover from

  2. This is very un-interllectual and personally think it has another agenda altogether.

    You have no business talking of consistent availability of internet provision when you are frustrating affordability.

    who is the consumer anyway you are representing here saying you want to protect. Did you even consult any of them, i know i was asked for my opinion. This is unacceptable period.

    No should just freely impose what they want on a business thats not theirs and on a consumer they are not funding.

  3. Ha Econet a customer’s opinion matters the most when it comes to all this
    In this case this is bullshit
    I pray you lose customers

  4. Well, fellow folks, I am herefor those whi been sayin will switch to net1 telecel bla bla. There is a thing that’s called OLIGOPOLY EFFECT. The telecommunication industry is sn oligopoly industry…this is what happens, Iif one company changes the price the others do so to but to exactly the same as the dominant cmpany. They do that to avoid price wars n they knw besides it being a POTRAZ’s thing to raise the prises..that’s what happens…my opinion, Let’s pray to God for our country for a lot has been chaoted.

  5. Honestly i thot at this point and time u would be reducing the tarrifs becoz of the economic condition we are in ., bt you are actually raising , this is somehow mind boggling and confusing…

  6. well maone hama pakatoipisisa isu taifunga kuti tichaonawo 2017 yakanaka but like i said kune rimwe team… this is 2016 part 2 and tichamama lol

  7. The way i see it,potraz puts conditions and regulations yes but if econet had pple at heart they would challenge them even in court.It is a pure sign of greediness and self enrichment without thinking abt the poor masses.econet has been making huge profits over the years whats wrong with giving us a sign of relief in these tough times….
    ashamed of u guys

  8. People are suffering due to cash shortage in the country,& POTRAZ is trying to wipe wallets dry. With these type of smartphones we use today they wipe our bundles fast…$1 for 10Mb will just last for a few hours and then gone.Where will we get the money top-up almost everyday when there is cash shortage? How can i study since i depend on the internet?How can Zimbabweans connect with each other?What would be the need to top-up airtime then.

    Im only 14 years old but i can tell that this is the most insane and pathetic decision ever made in this country!


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