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Buy NetOne bundles with your EcoCash wallet via *405#

On top of buying airtime, ZESA tokens, TelOne packages, Telecel, Econet and NetOne airtime via *405#, you can now purchase NetOne data bundles via your EcoCash wallet. All you need to do is to: Dail *405# Choose a language Pick option 3 “NetOne, TelOne and Econet Bundles” Select the carrier (In this case, NetOne) Choose […]


You can now pay for TelOne services in supermarkets

You can now pay your TelOne bills or buy bundles in your supermarkets. That is in case you somehow cannot do it using your mobile banking, via their online portal, via Techzim Market‘s *405# USSD (Telecel, Econet and NetOne) as well as use TelOne’s chatbot, Chommie. More is always better right? In case you somehow […]


ZOL internet package prices are going up next month

ZOL has announced that it is increasing the prices for internet packages in local currency starting August 1st 2021. This increase isn’t much of a surprise because the last time ZOL adjusted its package prices was towards the end of August last year. USD Prices remain unchanged The new ZOL prices are as follows: Package […]


The price difference between in and out of bundle browsing

So, if you weren’t already aware mobile data is priced differently depending on whether you are browsing in or out of a bundle. These prices are set by the Post and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) and the authority today put out a statement on the matter. In-Bundle and Out-of-bundle browsing. The mechanics of […]


Full Text: ZOL wants you to inform them when Wibroniks LTE lines change hands

It seems ZOL is very much aware that there is a thriving informal market for ZOL Wibroniks LTE Sim cards out there. In a recent email, they informed customers that when they sell or buy a line from a third party there is a need to inform ZOL so that the company can officially transfer […]


Econet dismisses claims that it is disabling the hotspot feature on customer devices

Local journalist Tichaona Zindoga this afternoon made a fascinating claim on Twitter. He said, in a 4 part tweet, that Econet Wireless Zimbabwe is disabling the hotspot or tethering function on their customers’ phones to encourage the purchase of the recently launched 4G MiFi Smart Kambudzi. Robbery…So, @econetzimbabwe has decided to disable people’s gadgets from […]


Econet says 20% bundle price increase was prompted by soaring operating costs

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe’s new data bundle prices take effect today (8 July 2021). And as you would have seen from the new tariff sheet there is a 20% increase in the prices across the board save for the Sasai Bundles which remained unchanged. The bundle price increase isn’t something that Econet did capriciously. The mobile […]


New Econet data, social media & SMS bundle prices -July 2021

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe yesterday announced that it was reviewing the prices of data, SMS and social media bundles. Dear Valued Customer, Please take note of the scheduled review of the Voice, Data & SMS bundles effective on Thursday 8 July 2021.https://t.co/36USZKz6MT pic.twitter.com/CKZLRThL0I — Econet Wireless (@econetzimbabwe) July 6, 2021 This price increase follows the one […]


How to watch Amazon Prime Video shows in Zim the right way

Here is a little known fact, Amazon Prime has been available to Zimbabweans for years! Just like Showmax they even have a mobile-only plan that’s dirt cheap and sells for below $1.99, although that’s not available to Zimbabweans yet. They did however previously have a special US$2.99, 6 months trial which has since been discontinued. […]


Ugandan social media tax scrapped & replaced by a 12% internet tax

Starting this month, Ugandans will no longer have to pay the social media tax that their government introduced back in 2018. The daily tax of 200 Ugandan shillings (approximately 5 US cents) was required every time you wanted to use social media. It was an over the top tax which resulted in millions of people […]


Liquid Intelligent Technologies & Facebook partner to build fibre network in the DRC

Fresh off its 100,000┬ákm fibre milestone, Liquid Intelligent Technologies has announced that it has entered into a partnership with Facebook to build a fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The new network will help improve internet access for over 30 million people and aid in meeting the increasing demand for regional connectivity across […]


You need to uninstall these apps from your Android phone & change your Facebook Password

One of the things they tell you when you have an Android phone, tablet or some other device is not to sideload software because this is the easiest way to pick up viruses. The presumption is that everything in the official Play Store is kosher. However, nothing can be further from the truth. As we […]


How to add the snap-windows-to-corners feature to Ubuntu

One great feature that Windows 11 has finally embraced is the snap Windows to corners feature. In fact, the new OS comes with several variations of it that are a definite improvement to what we are used to in Ubuntu. When the feature was announced, I was under the mistaken belief that you could show […]


TelOne is having issues with internet services

State-owned Telecommunications company TelOne this morning announced that it is facing challenges with service delivery. We are unsure if TelOne voice services have been affected but from what we have been seeing online it’s mostly complaints about TelOne’s broadband internet services. Public Notice TelOne apologises for the service disruption currently being experienced by some of […]


TelOne’s revenue grew by 147% in 2020 backed by increased demand for broadband services

State-owned telecommunications firm TelOne today held its Annual General Meeting where the company presented some impressive figures for 2020. The highlight of the report was the revenue generated increasing by 147% in 2020 to record (inflation-adjusted) ZWL$4.7 billion from the ZWL$1.9 billion that was registered in 2019. TelOne also saw a 14% growth in subscribers […]


Econet has finally zero-rated its create your own bundle app YoMix

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has zero-rated one of its more interesting products YoMix. I am sure that you have at some point heard of YoMix or you might be one of those who use it regularly. If you haven’t come across the service before, it allows you to create your own bundles across voice, SMS and […]


Elon Musk’s Starlink could attain global coverage soon

Looking over the comments on our previous articles on Starlink (and on social media), I can safely say that Elon Musk’s Starlink has a strong community in Zimbabwe. And Starlink fanboys and girls will be happy to know that the service will soon have internation coverage according to SpaceX executive Gwynne Shotwel “We’ve successfully deployed […]


Why are TelOne and ZOL sim cards geolocked?

Geolocking is when a particular service is made available in a particular geographic location. In the case of TelOne and Zol, they do the same thing. But why do they restrict their service? Should all sim cards not work the same way?


There is a naughty malware that’s blocking people from visiting torrent sites

Malware software programs are often known as viruses for good reason. In most cases the virus once it gets on your computer or any other devices proceeds to wreak havoc. Some payloads are created just to create chaos including trashing/deleting files or they could be crafty and for self-gain as we see in ransomware that […]


ZOL to stop providing email and Webhosting services directly, customers to be migrated to Microsoft 365 at start of July

ZOL customers who log into it’s MyZOL platform are being greeted with a dismissible notice telling them that ZOL will stop providing Web and Email services directly to them starting 02 July 2021. Their email and backup services will instead be migrated to the Microsoft platform effective from this date. Affected customers are being asked […]


Games of Throne’s Ser Jorah Mormont to star in a DStv Original Series

DStv and Multichoice have confirmed that their highly anticipated DStv original, Reyka, will be premiering on MNet starting 15 July at 20:00 hours. The drama stars well known South African actress Kim Engelbrecht who made her name in Isidingo before moving to conquer the US TV scene with roles in Dominion and The Flash. On […]


Dandemutande wins Sophos Synchronized Security Partner of the Year 2021

Local ISP and ICT technology company Dandemutande has been awarded the Synchronized Security Partner of the Year 2021 Award by Sophos (a British security software company). Dandemutande was able to beat out all of Sophos’ partners in Zimbabwe and was recognised for outstanding performance and commitment to securing its customers. Sophos is one of the […]


Internet usage keeps breaking records according to POTRAZ’s Q1 2021 report

The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has released the sector performance statement for Q1 2021. Now, this isn’t the full report, but more a highlight of what will come from the more granular document that will be released soon. Here are the numbers from Q1 2021 Mobile internet and data subscriptions As […]


Punished for downloading Ubuntu via torrent

When the machines take over.


Video: What is the best mobile wifi bundle?

Ever wondered what the best mobile wifi bundle is? In this video we take a look at NetOne, TelOne, Telecel, Econet and Zol to find out which one is the best overal over 5 categories.

These are Network coverage, speed, device support, bundle selection and the all important price.


How to work in the US without ever leaving Zimbabwe

Probably worth checking out…


ZOL to become “Liquid Home” in the not too distant future

T’was a matter of when not if…