The details concerning ZOL’s recently launched LTE service -WiBroniks- have been scarce. At the launch event, we managed to know how much the packages for WiBroniks will cost but we never got a clear answer on the costs of activation/installation at the time. Now we have a clearer picture and if you are interested in WiBroniks you better be ready to fork out some serious dollars!
Paying through the nose?
So we contacted ZOL through their support page and the figures we got are quite surprising. If you are interested in the WiBroniks indoor modem you will have to part with $250 which is quite the amount if you ask me!
When NetOne launched their One-Fi service and the modem was announced to cost $135 we thought that was expensive but that’s child play compared with the WiBroniks modems. For ZOL maybe their LTE modem will be more advanced to justify the extra $115+ you end up paying.
The outdoor modem is priced at $350. You may be wondering what the difference between Outdoor and Indoor modem is and why you have to fork out an extra $100. Well, the indoor modem will get you coverage if you’re within a 2km radius of the base station. If you live beyond this radius you’ll need an outdoor modem as it offers coverage for 9km within the base station’s radius.
You also have to pay an activation fee of $20 and this means that if you’re going with the indoor modem you’ll part with $270 whilst the outdoor will cost you $370 before you start paying for the data.
A source did inform us earlier that there is a partnership with a Microfinance Institution that will help buyers to finance the purchase of these modems but we are not entirely sure how the financing will work at this time.
Lastly, the Mi-Fi modem will cost $170. The Mi-Fi modem is a portable modem with a rechargeable battery so you can take this modem with on the go. The Mi-Fi device will also offer coverage within the same 2KM as the indoor modem.
Who is this for?
When WiBroniks was outed it seemed like a service that was supposed to cater for communities that have no fibre but now with this pricing it’s not really clear if ZOL can capture the market with their aggressive price. Without knowing what the financing of loans for modems will look like its still too early to have a final verdict on WiBroniks but right now I’m not sure who this is for.
Last week, we had a comparison article that pitted WiBroniks up against potential competitors and we noted that the package most similar to WiBroniks was the One-Fi. In this comparison, we had noted that it’s hard to have a final verdict since we did not know the costs of the modem. Now we know the costs of the modem and One-Fi is offering a more cost sensitive service. I think now the only thing that can make ZOL’s offering is the financing plan which we don’t have details on yet.
|WiBroniks 5||$10||5GB||Pay As You Go|
|WiBroniks 10||$19||10GB||Pay As You Go|
|WiBroniks 25||$33||25GB||Pay As You Go|
|WiBroniks 50||$60||50GB||Pay As You Go|
|WiBroniks Unlimted||$119||Unlimited||Pay As You Go|
[UPDATE]: When we initially published this article we inaccurately stated that the validity period for the WiBroniks packages were 30 days. WiBroniks packages actually carry over and have no set validity period. This means you only top-up once your data is depleted and you don’t have to worry about a package expiring before you have used your data.
Comparing One-Fi to the new WiBroniks offering is now a bit awkward considering that the starting prices are quite different but a compromise will have to be made as One-Fi offers shorter packages in the lower-data tiers whilst all packages on WiBroniks have 30-day packages. It’s up to you…
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