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Zimbabwe’s internet speeds versus other African countries

Nobody wants slow internet. In Zimbabwe, we all dream of having that awesome home internet connection that allows us to stream to our heart’s content, download gigabytes in seconds and video chat with friends and family without issues. Unfortunately, the reality is that we don’t always get what we want. Zimbabweans always complain of slow […]


WhatsApp messages are still secure, why the misleading coverage?

You read the story; some report made it appear as if WhatsApp’s end to end encryption was a sham. We were told WhatsApp staff can read our secure messages. Which is true, but they deemphasized a crucial point. Customer service staff at WhatsApp can only see messages that have been sent to them by a […]


How to unblock US Netflix & BBC iPlayer using Openwrt 21.02 and SmartDNS

Not so long ago I wrote a guide on how to unblock U.S Netflix and other services such as BBC iPlayer using an Openwrt router and SmartDNS. That guide is still valid but ever since I wrote that guide there has been a big development. The OpenWrt team released the latest stable version of OpenWrt-version […]


Uncapped LTE data prices Zimbabwe versus South Africa

There is nothing that I loath more than data bundles for specific services and zero-rating. Essentially what you have is an Internet Service Provider or Internet Access Provider going out of their way to be a referee in the content game. It’s the reason why bad apps like WhatsApp triumph over good apps like Telegram. […]


Econet, Netone ill-prepared for data demand, small towns suffer

They say you never really know a person until you have seen them deal with a slow internet connection. I’ve discovered myself in the past two months or so, turns out I might have anger issues. In my defence, how many times can one interact with the No Internet Connection Dino and be expected to […]


Without the temporary spectrum, South African mobile internet will slow to a crawl: MTN

Early this week we learnt that the Council of Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA South Africa’s equivalent of POTRAZ) was going to be taking back the temporary spectrum it had freely given to mobile network operators in South Africa on 30 November this year. We opined this would be devastating news to South […]


Slow mobile speeds on the cards for South Africans as ICASA takes back spectrum

In a move that is bound to have profound effects on South African mobile broadband users, the country’s Council of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA the equivalent of POTRAZ) has announced that they will be taking back the temporary radio frequency they had given to mobile operators at the end of November […]


TelOne vs ZOL: ZOL ads troll TelOne over suspension of rollover data

Yesterday one of Zimbabwe’s largest Internet Service Providers, TelOne pulled a shocker when it announced that it was suspending its data rollover facility. The facility was only announced a few months ago. In comparison TelOne’s rivals, ZOL have had a rollover facility for close to two years now and it’s still active. In the wake […]


Full Text: In a shock move TelOne suspends their Data rollover facility

In a shocking move, TelOne has just announced that they are suspending their data rollover facility. The rollover facility was only introduced in March of this year two years after ZOL who introduced their own form of rollover in 2019. With a rollover, you would get an extra 30 days to use up your leftover […]


AFRINIC is in trouble as its bank accounts are frozen

Africa’s regional internet registry also known as African Network Information Centre or AFRINIC is in trouble after its bank accounts were frozen. The freeze came about as a result of an ongoing legal dispute between AFRINIC and a Chinese based company known as Cloud Innovation. The fight centres around a block of around 6 million […]


The Internet Society of Zimbabwe will be running a School of Internet Governance next week

The Internet Society of Zimbabwe Chapter (ISOC) will be running an inaugural Zimbabwe School of Internet Governance (ZimSig) this coming week. The three-day virtual worship will run from the 25th of August until the 27th of August. Applications for the event are open now and will close on the 21st of August. In order to […]


Netflix goes after SmartDNS and specialist VPN providers

If you are a Netflix user you probably know that regular VPN doesn’t work if you want to watch content from another county. This is because Netflix has “blocked” all known none-home IP addresses that are typically used by most VPNs. This has led to a rise in so-called specialist VPNs and SmartDNS. These are […]


Mousai is an awesome music identification app for Linux

Mousai App is the equivalent of Shazam on Linux. While it is possible to install Shazam on Ubuntu the user experience and performance are far from ideal. Mousai is a native Linux app which means you will not have to fiddle emulators or manoeuvre with a mouse around an interface made for touch. Shazam a […]


WhatsApp’s “view once” messages are better than nothing

For the past few months, I have been complaining about the way WhatsApp implements its disappearing messages feature. Recently they updated the options you have and now you can send and receive “view once” WhatsApp messages. The feature is kind of self-explanatory. You can choose to send a message that can only be viewed once […]


Be careful, most YouTube ripping sites are now logging user data

We are always saying this but it’s true. Data is expensive in Zimbabwe which is a little odd considering YouTube, one of the most data-intensive sites out there, has been consistently one of the most visited sites in the country. The clever ones have found ways to enjoy their YouTube clips without having to visit […]


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 km 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 […]