Author: Tendai Mupaso

Protronics airtime vending machine now going through patent process

Remember George Chingore?  He was the Harare Institute of Technology dropout who built an airtime vending machine and pitched it at Emerging Ideas‘ Pitch Night in March. Well I caught up with him at the April Pitch Night held last night and he says his product is taking the first steps towards commercial production, first […]

Strive Masiyiwa announces awards to encourage African innovators & inventors

Econet Wireless founder and Chairman Strive Masiyiwa yesterday announced plans to set up an awards program to reward and encourage African innovators and investors. Strive Mayisiwa announced these plans on his popular mentorship Facebook page and he said the plans are a response to many suggestions from the page followers and he will be setting […]

Steward Bank retrenchments strategic or late response to $24 million loss

The Herald yesterday reported that Steward Bank is closing 8 branches and consequently retrenching scores of employees. The Herald report does not give an indication of the timelines nor any official comment from Steward Bank and I am afraid that’s still the way it is. Our unofficial sources close to the bank collaborate the explanation given […]

WhatsApp now has 500 million active users, growth mostly in emerging markets

Popular IM WhatsApp announced via a blog post that they now have half a billion active users throughout the world. Apart from the impressive user stats, the 5 line blog post also highlighted a high rate of multimedia sharing throughout the platform. Thanks to all of you, half a billion people around the world are […]

The DNA of Zim’s technology hubs Part 2 – Hypercube Hub

Continuing on the first installment examining Zimbabwe’s technology hubs (Starting with Muzinda Umuzi hub), this week we move on to another hub formed under similar circumstances to Muzinda Umuzi hub but one which has been totally different in approach. Like Muzinda Umuzi hub, Hypercube has non-profit roots as it was formed from the collaborative effort […]

Here are some of the channels coming to BOStv’s paid TV bouquet

So BOStv is set to return as a paid satellite TV bouquet in a month or two. The station, which was a popular stop gap service after Santech’s encryption of the SABC signal will have to prove itself for people to actually pay for it. Today we have a bit of an indication of what […]

Government requests report: 5 African governments request info from Facebook

Facebook has published it’s second “Government Requests Report” and there is little activity from African governments requesting information from Facebook. Facebook’s Government Requests Reports are part of Facebook’s efforts “to share more information about the requests we have received from governments around the world”. According to the report (assuming that if not published, no request […]

A bit more information on EcoCashLoans in case you’re still in the dark

A few weeks after the EcoCashLoans launch, a lot of people still have some questions on how the service really works. On their part, both Econet Services and Steward Bank have surprisingly done relatively very little to publicise their new product and hence a lot has been left to speculation and trial and error. We […]

BOStv’s return as paid satellite TV service delayed but now in sight

Formerly free to air Channel BOStv has missed it’s target to return to screens on 1 April as a paid satellite TV station due to delays in the delivery of decoders according to the company’s director, Nyasha Muzavazi. Early in the year, BOStv went off air because it was operating outside it’s licensing parameters by […]

Latest Techzim Podcast: Telecel Go, Samsung Galaxy S5 and Muzinda Umuzi Hub

Welcome again to the latest Techzim Podcast. In this edition, the discussions were engaging as usual and to cap it all, we had a special guest, Tawanda Kembo, Muzinda-Umuzi’s Technical Director. We discussed the recently launched Telecel Go brand and reduced tariffs, our unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy S5, Heartbleed and Facebooks move to punish […]

Facebook VoIP calls on Econet Facebook bundles work but the quality is poor

Facebook owned WhatsApp is expected to add voice calls to it’s IM offering within this quarter. Customers, especially those on Econet’s WhatsApp bundles are excited about the prospect of making unlimited VoIP calls on WhatsApp for just $3 but if Facebook’s voice call package is anything to go by, then there is nothing exciting about […]

Telecel Go launched with significantly reduced tariffs across all networks

Telecel today launched Telecel Go during a press briefing at Telecel’s premises in Harare. Telecel Go (we wrote about here) is primarily Telecel’s new prepaid service brand name. Although Telecel always had a prepaid service, Telecel Go represents the “brand name” for this service which was not there before. More than just the brand name, […]

Unboxing the Samsung Galaxy S5 and our quick thoughts

When Samsung announced their new flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 at the Mobile World Congress, the toned down reaction and applause was probably something they did not anticipate. Now that the device is set for world wide release in the next few hours and having had the opportunity to unbox the device before launch, I […]

The DNA of Zim’s technology hubs part 1 – Muzinda-Umuzi Hub

  Quite a number of tech hubs emerged during the later stages of 2013. Mostly centered around Zimbabwe’s capital, the so called hubs have been visible in the media and social media platforms but recently, questions have been asked on what exactly they are bring to the ecosystem. Granted, none of the Hubs or incubators […]

Latest Techzim podcast: EcoCashLoans, airtime vending machine, mobile OS stats

Thanks for joining us for the latest Techzim podcast. In this edition, we zeroed in on the top stories that made it to We discussed the EcoCashLoans, the marvelous locally developed airtime vending machine, the mobiles OS stats, and the most visited local websites via Opera Mini. The viral Happy Harare video is also […]

Telecel Go: The brand Telecel is looking to introduce for it’s prepaid service

Zimbabwe’s second largest mobile network operator by subscribers, Telecel, is set to brand its prepaid service to “Telecel Go”, Techzim sources have revealed. Telecel Go will be the equivalent of Econet’s prepaid service called Buddie. Since the death of Telecel’s Mango, the company has gradually introduced branded suites of products aimed at different market segments. […]

OneWallet now pays ZESA prepaid electricity credit, so does CBZ & ZB Bank

NetOne’s OneWallet customers will now be able to buy ZESA prepaid electricity credit via OneWallet mobile money solution. In a press statement, NetOne said the integration is part of a deal between NetOne and the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Distribution Corporation (ZETDC). Both are state owned enterprises. We are not certain how many customers are on […]

GTeL has shipped 250,000 smart devices in the local market, says Robert Gonye

Local mobile device maker, GTeL today revealed some interesting figures on their performance. Speaking during the #GetSocial event held today, GTeL’s marketing manager Mr Robert Gonye said GTeL has so far shipped 250,000 android devices locally. GTeL is a local mobile device brand that distributes GTeL branded mobile devices that include low cost entry level […]

EcoCashLoans now available to EcoCashSave customers with zero interest

Econet Services has officially launched a new product called EcoCashLoans, an extension of EcoCashSave at an event held at Holiday Inn in Harare this morning. EcoCashLoans, just like EcoCashSave will be administered by Steward Bank. EcoCashLoans is a service that allows EcoCashSave customers to borrow amounts from $5 to $500. Initially, the EcoCashLoans tenure will […]

Zimdeveloper: Here’s a cool place to learn and debate everything programming

My short experience writing for Techzim has taught me that Zimbabwe has a lot of developers, pros and some pretenders, with one thing in common. Passion! They’ll love to flaunt their skills, debate and defend anything relating to their craft. Almost anything we post here with the slightest touch of being technical sparks some great […]

EcoCash still wants 5 new customers daily from Agents? Agents Association responds

The Mobile Money Transfer Agents Association of Zimbabwe (MMTAAZ) has issued a press statement in response to a requirement from Econet that EcoCash agents should sign up 5 new customers daily, as per contract agreement. Econet is said to have reminded EcoCash agents about this requirement via sms. The alleged SMS reminder from Econet read: […]

Join the movement: Twitter bundles coming to Econet Broadband subscribers

Econet Zimbabwe is set to introduce Twitter bundles to Econet broadband subscribers. This emerged after Econet started a campaign on their Twitter account asking followers to retweet if they want Econet Twitter bundles. The Twitter bundles will be a follow up to the highly popular Facebook and Whatsapp bundles the company introduced the in October […]

HIT dropout builds functional airtime vending machine prototype from scrap

George Chingore, a Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) dropout has built a functional airtime vending machine prototype from scrap computer components he assembled through the help of friends. George Chingore pitched his airtime vending machine prototype at Pitch Night hosted by Emerging Ideas. George was presenting his venture called Protonics which he hopes will replace […]

Astro pitches the Astro Mobi Store to artists at a poorly attended meeting

Local mobile device maker and software company Astro ,today presented its Mobi Store product to local artists in a “round table” discussion at Alliance Française. Astro Mobi Store team leader, Leonard Mufati presented the solution which Astro hopes will help counter piracy of local content. Although some prominent local musicians like Cindy, Baba Shupi and […]

Emergency 24/7 app for local roadside emergencies now available for android

Boulder Corporate Communications has finally released their Emergency 24/7 app – we previewed here – for android devices. The original plan for the Emergency 24/7 app was to allow subscribers to send a distress call from their mobile devices to emergency service providers, mainly ambulance services, in the case of a road emergency or any […]

Huawei bringing IP TV solution to African carriers

Yesterday we learned that Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, is actively selling it’s IP TV solutions to African internet carriers. This was revealed to people who attended the Huawei road show currently being held at Cresta Lodge in Harare. Huawei’s IP TV solution have been available in China for several years now with China Telecom one […]

Astro Mobi store delayed: denied access to EcoCash and Telecash API

Astro’s plans to launch local a content app store have been delayed because the company failed to secure APIs to integrate with EcoCash and Telecash for payments. Astro had planned to unveil the “Astro Mobi Store” during the recently held e-Tech Africa Expo. Astro had fliers printed for the expo advertising the Astro Mobi store […]

Axcil Jefferies crowd funding using Go Fund Me, Telecash and EcoCash

Zimababwe’s motor racing sensation and formula one hopeful Axcil Jefferies has now turned to crowdfunding to raise funding for him to take part in the 2014 GP2 Series. Jefferies has listed on personal crowd funding website Go Fund Me (campaign now offline) seeking to raise 1.3 million pounds (US $2,151,143.19) and if successful, it will take […]

Huawei backtracks on Dual OS device, New HTC One next week: Global round up

Huawei has no plans to introduce dual OS Smartphone Huawei has come out and said they don’t have plans to introduce a smartphone that runs on Android and Windows OS as previously speculated. The speculation was fueled when Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer was quoted saying, “Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much […]

EcoCash to launch EcoCash Diaspora in the UK in the coming days

EcoCash is reportedly in advanced stages towards the launch of a service extension now called “EcoCash Diaspora” in the UK. EcoCash launched the same service in South Africa last year but it wasn’t coined EcoCash Diaspora at that time. EcoCash Diaspora will now also enable Zimbabweans in the UK to transfer cash to friends and family […]