Zimbabwe and regional technology news and updates

Brand new smartphones you can get in Zimbabwe for under $300

In the last couple of weeks, we have released both a list of the top 10 phones worldwide and a list of the best phones you can get in Zimbabwe for under $500. Continuing on with our search we have decided to compile a list of phones that match the following criteria: Network capabilities (LTE is a […]

Will MMM members ever get their money back? And if yes, from who and how?

MMM Nigeria this is how MMM Zimbabwe crashed, very similar to what is happening to you now Theoretically, MMM Zimbabwe has collapsed. The pyramid scheme that offered participants 30% interest through its peer-to-peer donation exchange program succumbed to defeat on the 10th of August 2016 with the final blow being dealt on 1st of October. […]

Here is Econet’s response to allegations of EcoCash agents selling cash

Earlier we reported on Econet’s EcoCash agents “selling” cash. We received notice of the alleged misconduct after we wrote on the list of banks you can link your Ecocash wallet with, with disgruntled EcoCash wallet holders expressing discontent in the manner agents are handling the now rare cash commodity. We reached out to Econet on […]

EcoCash agents accused of selling cash

After we published an article on the list of banks you can link with EcoCash last week a few of our readers alerted us to the practice of EcoCash agents “selling money” purposefully depriving the public access to money they rightfully deserve. With 6 million subscribers, 26k agents, and 20k merchants, EcoCash has slowly become […]

66,000 Zimbabweans affected by MMM Zimbabwe collapse

MMM Zimbabwe is a nationwide topic of interest. The pyramid scheme shot to fame by offering its participants a 30% interest rate at a time when many Zimbabweans are financially struggling. Earlier today, we reported on how the MMM Zimbabwe system is now offering members 1% of their money and clearing accounts on withdrawals. According to […]

MMM Zimbabwe is offering its members 1% of their account balance in account clearing exercise after 80% devaluation

READ: MMM Nigeria this is how MMM Zimbabwe crashed, very similar to what is happening to you now MMM Zimbabwe is still alive but barely breathing. Ever since the RBZ warned citizens against participating in the pyramid scheme and EcoCash distanced itself from any illegal activity conducted on its platform citing MMM Zimbabwe, Sergei Mavrodi’s  “global fund […]

Details of Nokia’s Android-powered come-back device surface

Across Zimbabwe, Nokia was, and to a certain extent still is, a household name. Back in 2014, Nokia sold its Devices and Services division to Microsoft for $7.17 billion which saw the tech giants rebrand devices “Lumia”. However, in a dramatic turn of events, Nokia announced last year it would return to the mobile phone market in 2016,  […]

POTRAZ was handing out free money yesterday, literally.

Yesterday was a day of many surprises, for the first time in Zimbabwe, we witnessed free money being dished out. We’ve attended events with free food and drinks, and even a carry away gift bag, but money? Never. POTRAZ launched its ICT innovation fund for start-ups at the Rainbow Towers yesterday, and to our surprise […]

List of Banks you can link your EcoCash with, how to do it, and the other half still resisting intergration

With the current cash crisis still looming over Zimbabwe, most people are turning to EcoCash as their only hope of getting some much needed hard currency. However, most money is still being held up in bank accounts, which presents a bit of an issue when you need hard currency. The only way to maintain your […]

Blackberry will no longer make phones, concentrates on developing GAAP software

Blackberry has said it will no longer produce mobile phones shifting its focus to developing GAAP Software and Services. The decision comes off the back of its 3rd quarter financial results released earlier today. Blackberry recorded 89%  growth in its GAAP Software and Services, a figure that has convinced the company to shut down its struggling hardware division.  […]

Online dating app Tinder now makes you pay to be noticed first, shows you how to make money from a dating service

Tinder, the online dating service/app, has found a great way to monetize its service, you now pay to get noticed first. Firstly, for those who have never heard of Tinder, it’s an online dating app. Tinder uses your current GPS location to match you with potential suitors who you share common interests with. The application uses […]

5 myths holding Zimbabwean entrepreneurs back, technology will set you free

It is no secret that the Zimbabwean economy is struggling. We have a highly educated society but there are simply no jobs around, the environment we find ourselves in has forced us to think entrepreneurially as the waiting game for employment becomes a nasty reality. Zimbabweans have an abundance of ideas, but more often these […]

Nigeria’s government accuses MTN of mafia style money laundering of $14 billion

In November 2015 the African telecoms industry was shaken up by the Government of Nigeria’s decision to fine MTN a staggering $5,2 billion for failing to disconnect up to five million unregistered SIM cards in that country.  Just three months ago the figure was revised down to $1,05 billion which the telecom giant agreed to […]

Zimbabwe’s latest poverty datum line raises argument of who can actually afford our expensive internet

According to Zimstat’s latest release of the Poverty Analysis in Zimbabwe, our poverty datum line stands between $430 and $574 for an average household of 5 and $96 for a self-sustaining individual, depending on location (provincial stats). A poverty datum line (PDL) represents the cost of a given standard of living that must be attained if […]

Best phones in Zimbabwe for under $500

Earlier today we released a list of the top 10 phones worldwide. One argument raised was that the list did not reflect the needs and constraints of the Zimbabwean consumer. So we have decided to come up with a list of phones that best suit the Zimbabwean environment according to the following factors: Network capabilities […]

Out of bundle browsing is what “steals” your airtime at a rate of $1=6.6mb

To understand how your airtime “disappears” or is “stolen” by your mobile operator, you have to understand the concept of out of bundle browsing. Out of bundle browsing charges subscribers a high data tariff for any internet related activity done outside of a bundle (WhatsApp, facebook, twitter or opera). Out of bundle browsing is ridiculously expensive, […]

The top 10 2016 smartphones to get right now

With the recent release of the iPhone 7 there has been a raging debate over whether Apple’s new flagship device is the best device on the market right now. 2016 has seen all major mobile device manufacturers release their flagship products, so we decided to write up a list of the top 10 smartphones you […]

SA’s #datamustfall campaign gets backing from Parliament: reduce data or we will reduce it for you

The #datamustfall campaign advocating for the reduction of data pricing in South Africa has received a major endorsement from its Parliament with major mobile operators (Vodacom, MTN, and Cell C) given up to the end of November 2016 to review data pricing or have it done for them through its National Assembly (body mandated to […]

How to hotspot and share your social media bundles

image credit- market success Tethering is when you turn your smartphone device into a mobile WiFi hotspot and share your internet connection with other devices. Once tethering is turned on any device with wireless capability is able to connect to the internet via your smartphone, consuming whatever data provisions you device has. With tethering, you […]

According to POTRAZ these are the mobile internet speeds we should be getting

According to POTRAZ, there are minimum upload and download speeds a mobile operator should adhere to based on its Statutory Instrument 42 of 2016, Postal and Telecommunications Quality of Services (QoS) Regulations. The QoS software is meant to monitor all these services already been deployed by mobile operators with operators expected to meet certain standards in […]

NetOne vs Econet, LTE and 3G speed test results set a benchmark for more tests, is there anyone getting these speeds?

Finally, the long awaited speed tests are here! There is a mobile data war brewing in Zimbabwe and all the recent signs point towards it. We’ve reported on promotions being suspended, illegal products removed from the market and the reaction to our initial speed tests with operators reaching out to us one after the other inviting us to speed tests,. […]

5 simple ways to reduce your mobile data consumption

With Zimbabwe having the third most expensive data we all need to come up with cost-effective methods to reduce our consumption and preserve data for when we need it on our phones. Here are 12 ways to reduce your data consumption: 1. Disable Auto-Updates: Many people are often victims of either their phone or applications […]

Is Zimbabwe ready for its own #datamustfall movement?

We recently wrote an article on Zimbabwe having the third most expensive mobile data in Africa with the cheapest monthly 1 GB data package in the country set at $30. As fellow subscribers, we were always aware of Zimbabwe’s expensive mobile data, but the report by Research ICT Africa put our situation into greater perspective. The realisation of Zimbabwe […]

How to activate LTE on your NetOne line, its type and why they use USIM over SIM cards now

Yesterday, TechZim was able to spend the day with a member of NetOne‘s Network Optimization team and an Engineer from Huawei Zimbabwe (NetOne’s network infrastructure vendors) to test mobile internet speeds around Harare. Apart from the speed test, we were able to ask a few questions on NetOnes elusive LTE connection shedding light on a […]

Not to be outdone by NetOne, Econet has also invited TechZim for a speedtest!

Zimbabwe’s largest mobile network operator, Econet, has invited TechZim to a mobile data speed test exercise around Harare tomorrow, Wednesday 21st of September. This follows our report on the state of mobile data speeds in Zimbabwe in which all three MNOs (Econet, NetOne, Telecel) performed well below our expectations. We suspect Econet’s invitation is in reaction to […]

Zimbabwe’s plans to outsource computerization of 3rd party insurance to a Nigerian firm questioned

Earlier today The Herald reported plans by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development to engage a Nigerian firm, Courtville Investments, and link them to the ZINARA database to handle the computerisation of third party insurance cover notes. According to its website, Courtville is: A foremost Nigerian e-business solutions and advisory company and the first in […]

NetOne invites TechZim on a LTE and mobile data speed test excercise around Harare

NetOne’s network optimisation team has invited TechZim on an LTE data speed test tomorrow, Tuesday 20th September from 9am. This follows our report on the state of mobile data speeds in Zimbabwe concerning the three Mobile Network Operators (NetOne, Telecel and Econet). The results of the initial tests were shocking with all three operators failing […]

Zimbabwean websites are not secure, banned from receiving security certificates (SSL)

Zimbabwean individuals and business entities are now banned by the Certification Authority Browser Forum from receiving Extended Validation SSL, Organization Validation (OV), and Domain Validation (DV) certificates .  SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and […]

NetOne fires CEO Reward Kangai

It has been reported that NetOne has dismissed its CEO Reward Kangai after a presented forensic report uncovered gross corporate misconduct on the part of the CEO. Mr. Kangai, who was serving a paid suspension on allegations of corruption, was dismissed from his position as CEO of NetOne in board resolution passed on Friday 16th […]

Cyber Crime bill at work in Tanzania, 5 arrested for insulting their President

image credit: BBC Yesterday, 5 Tanzanian’s were charged with insulting their President John Magufuli on social media in some interesting cases of the application of their newly enacted Cyber Crime law. According to Tanzanian news outlet The Citizen, the five denied the charges against them and were released on bail with their hearings adjourned until the […]