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Econet vs Telecel vs NetOne new data bundle tariffs, who has the best Packages?

data bundle tariffs prices review

All mobile network operators NetOne, Econet and Telecel reviewed their data bundles tariffs for what is the umpteenth time this year. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at how the three stack up against each other and find out who has the better deal.

Before we get into the price comparison, it’s good to remember that the three have invested in differing degrees over the years into mobile internet infrastructure. Econet leads the way in all categories with NetOne coming second and Telecel making up the rear:

  • 2G base stations market share – Econet 53.2%, Telecel 13.4% and NetOne 33.4%
  • 3G base stations market share – Econet 56.4%, Telecel 14.8% and NetOne 28.8%
  • LTE base stations market share – Econet 66.1%, Telecel 1.5% and NetOne 32.4%

Hopefully, this serves as the grain of salt for the data bundle price comparison because the one with more infrastructure will have the more consistent service delivery. The only caveat is the concentration of base stations in metropolitan areas as opposed to rural areas.

NB: We will be looking only at the popular WhatsApp, Private Wi-Fi and general data bundles in this comparison

Data Bundle tariffs Comparison

Private Wi-Fi bundles (valid for a month) this bundle took off when e-learning remote working were the order of the day #Mi-FiRevolution

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)

Private Wi-Fi
NetOne (Price ZWL$)

One-Fi
Telecel (Price ZWL$)

Home Wi-Fi
5 GB2,800.00
8 GB 3,600.00
10 GB4,500.004,000.00
15 GB 5,500.00
20 GB6,000.00
25 GB 6,550.00 6,500.00
50 GB 10,000.00 10,250.00 8,000.00
75 GB10,000.00
80 GB12,500.00 

Telecel has the most data caps slightly edging out Econet and NetOne. Their bundles also start at the 5 GB mark which many NetOne and Econet customers have been crying out for on social media. However, for NetOne the issue is remedied (sort of) on the monthly data bundles later in this article.

As far as prices go Econet and Telecel look to be the most reasonable when you are going to their larger data bundle packages. NetOne on the other hand is quite pricey and leans heavily into the higher data allocations.

This means if you are dipping your toes into the higher data caps in this category you might as well lookup ZOL Wibroniks which is charging ZWL$11,627 for 100 GB. The hit you are going to take there are the fees for the router and installation but if you are buying an 80 GB NetOne One-Fi bundle it will be slightly cheaper, in the long run, to go for an ISP like ZOL.

Coverage is the only concern with services like Wibroniks, but ZOL has been adding locations. In September the ISP added 32 new locations as well as increased capacity in existing ones. As for TelOne Blaze and Utande LTE, the former is yet to announce that new sims and Mi-Fi routers are available while the latter is still only offering Uncapped packages (both available only in Harare).

An unlikely competitor for all the above is Dandemutande’s Facebook Express Public Wi-Fi offering. Its bundles are dirt cheap with 10 GB going for ZWL$1,325.00 which is near as makes no difference to three times cheaper than the price of what the MNOs are charging. The only drawback is that you will have to go to one of these spots to get access which in these pandemic times might not be optimal unless, of course, you work at or frequent that hotspot regularly.

WhatsApp data bundles

Daily

Data Allocation Econet (Price ZWL$) NetOne (Price ZWL$) Telecel (Price ZWL$)
4 MB 6.00
10 MB15.00
12 MB18.00
20 MB31.00 31.50
21 MB31.00
45 MB70.00
50 MB70.00 69.00

Econet is the most accessible in this category. A ZWL$6.00 WhatsApp bundle is a Godsend when you are in a pinch. Furthermore, Econet has the biggest spread of packages here while NetOne has the least. Price-wise, Econet is cheaper in the lower packages than the others but as the data allocation goes up, Telecel and NetOne look favourable.

Weekly

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
50 MB
65 MB 100.00
70 MB110.00 
75 MB110.00
140 MB 215.00
150 MB220.00 
155 MB220.00

Telecel and NetOne are slightly more bang for the buck in this category, Telecel slightly edging out NetOne when it comes to price for the data.

Monthly

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
240 MB 350.00
270 MB300.00
300 MB330.00 
400 MB 580.00
500 MB550.00
750 MB750.00 

General data bundles

Hourly

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
1 GB (60 MINS)129.00175.00
1 GB (120 MINS)215.00315.00
1.5GB (120 MINS) 279.00

Night

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
1 GB (1 NIGHT)350.00
1 GB (2 NIGHTS)300.00
2 GB (4 NIGHTS)400.00

Telecel comes off best here with the best array and durations for night bundles. ZWL$400 for 2GB over 4 nights is one hell of a deal if you have a use case for this kind of bundle.

Daily

Data Allocation Econet (Price ZWL$) NetOne (Price ZWL$) Telecel (Price ZWL$)
20 MB31.00
30 MB47.0045.00
40 MB62.00
50 MB73.00
80 MB123.00125.00
100 MB130.00
150 MB230.00
200 MB275.00
250 MB370.00
350 MB370.00
480 MB495.00
600 MB668.00550.00
960 MB
1,200 MB1,000.00
1,400 MB800.00

Weekly

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
20 MB31.00
30 MB47.0043.00
50 MB
60 MB94.0094.00
65 MB93.00
100 MB
160 MB250.00245.00225.00
250 MB385.00
350 MB500.00420.00
370 MB530.00
700 MB900.00
750 MB900.00
5,000 MB3,500.00

Monthly

Data AllocationEconet (Price ZWL$)NetOne (Price ZWL$)Telecel (Price ZWL$)
100 MB157.00
200 MB315.00
210 MB312.00
270 MB420.00
450 MB710.00
500 MB770.00
600 MB820.00
700 MB1050
960 MB1,200.00
1,400 MB2,000.00
1,500 MB1,980.00
1,760 MB1,780.00
3,500 MB3,300.00
3,600 MB3,100.00
5,000 MB4,400.00
5,500 MB4,100.00
8,000 MB5,500.00

NetOne’s pricing in this category is a little odd. For the same amount you can buy an 8GB Monthly bundle you can get a 10GB One-Fi bundle and a thousand in change. More worrying is that the 5GB bundle is ZWL$100 cheaper than the aforementioned 10 GB One-Fi bundle, the duration for both the One-Fi and the Monthly bundle are all 30 days so what is the price all over the place? Why NetOne chose to price these bundles differently from the One-Fi bundles is a mystery…

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11 thoughts on “Econet vs Telecel vs NetOne new data bundle tariffs, who has the best Packages?

  1. Thank you for the inside spook, telecel is losing out though by not offering hourly data bundles. Telecel’s home wifi data is the best deal

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