Connectivity

Wireless parenting: Beauty and the Mist

On July 4 2012, I took up a challenge to bring enlightenment to mothers and grandmothers, through the Harare Women International Society, and chose to speak on how to manage relationships on the internet at such uncertain times as we are in; hence the title.
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New yellow pages site launched, & it comes with iOS & Android apps

Zimbabwe Yellow Pages have launched a stunning new ZimYellow.com website. The website serves as a portal to search for over 350,000 companies in their online database with profiles for Zimbabwean companies. You can basically search for Zimbabwe businesses on the internet; an online version of the traditional Yellow Pages concept but with maps, email addresses & and other stuff in the listings.
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Connectivity

Announcing Zimbabwe’s first ePayments Forum

Convenient payment options are a critical and often cited sticking point for commercial and economic development. Numerous discussions have taken place around the need for increased electronic payment methods as a means to overcome time, socio-economic, and logistical constraints amongst others.
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Connectivity

Thwarted in Africa, Kim Dotcom finds new home at Mega.co.nz

If you have not heard of Kim Dotcom, he is the guy behind Megaupload. It was a top 15 online file storage site that was famously shut down and the domain seized by the US Department of Justice on allegations of copyright infringement. Chances are that at one point in time you downloaded a file from the site.
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Connectivity

Instagram’s new web profiles

I love taking pictures with Instagram, it’s an amazing photo sharing app available on both iOS and Android. For some time now it only had mobile profiles, but now users have dedicated web profiles to view all your  friends’ pictures for the browser. Instagram recently announced the launch of web profiles, a Facebook like collage […]
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Connectivity

How Transparency Int is using SMS to fight corruption in Zimbabwe

Last week, Transparency International Zimbabwe (TI-Z), launched an Interactive SMS Platform to help Zimbabweans report corruption activities in the country. Witnesses and victims of corruption will be able to send SMSs to the platform to report such cases as bribery and cheating, says the communication we got from the organisation. Since last week, TI-Z says […]
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Connectivity

Easi simplifies prepaid electronic vending

You’ve probably seen the Easi logo on the right in a number of retail outlets in the country. The company has entered the market to provide a South African designed solution to simplify the electronic vending of prepaid products. So far Easi has signed up all mobile network operators in Zimbabwe, internet providers like Broadacom and Africom, […]
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Startups

Apps4Africa 2012 Zimbabwe brainstorming session tomorrow

As you’ve probably seen in our events calendar, Apps4Africa 2012 is here. Like the previous one, the sub-Saharan funding competition challenge is split into three regional competitions for East Africa, West & Central Africa, and the Southern Africa region which Zimbabwe falls under. Unlike the 2011 edition though, the competition is not about coming up with three […]
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Broadband

PowerTel introduces weekly & biweekly mobile broadband packages

In what is certainly a first in the market locally, PowerTel is introducing weekly and biweekly uncapped internet packages. The move according to PowerTel marketing manager Willard Nyagwande, has been necessitated by the need to flexibly accommodate subscribers who just want to use the service product for a week or two. Such customers could for […]
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Connectivity

#263Chat: Zimbabweans use Twitter to discuss national issues

It is Tuesday 6PM and a group of about 125 Zimbabweans gather to discuss one of the most pertinent topics at the moment. The group is a mix; it comprises the young, old, black, white, everyday people, entrepreneurs, politicians you name it. The discussion of the evening is ‘Race relations in Zimbabwe’. Issues determined by race are […]
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Press Release: Telecel gives 100% bonus on all scratch cards

Telecel customers now receive 100 percent bonus airtime whenever they use a scratch card or electronic voucher to load airtime, no matter what denomination card they use. They also receive free SMSs whenever they load airtime worth $2.00 or more. The bonus on-net airtime and SMSs were introduced today (Friday) in a new promotion dubbed […]
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TelOne switches ADSL service to prepaid, enforces data capping

If you’re a TelOne ADSL customer, then you probably know that TelOne wasn’t enforcing your ADSL package data cap. That is, say you were paying for the US $30 Basic package that has a data cap of 10GB, it was really unlimited; you could literally use 1TB of data if you wanted, without an issue. Well, that honeymoon […]
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VAS entrepreneur takes Telecel to court over Mega Promo

The local mobile VAS company which, last month threatened to sue Telecel over what it said was stolen VAS concept, has just done so. A report in the Herald today says Mobile Connexion has filed a lawsuit in the High Court against Telecel. The lawsuit is an escalation of the matter by Mobile Connexion after Telecel refused […]
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Broadband

Utande revises internet tariffs downwards, introduces 1GB bundle

Utande, a local internet service provider, has revised its WiMAX broadband service tariffs downwards. Effective today, 1 November, the price of its 2GB data bundle has been reduced by 14% to $60. The old price of the 2G bundle was $70. The reduction comes a little under 5 months after launch of the service. Utande […]
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A free mobile phone for everyone who catches 60 rats

South African charity Lifeline  is running an initiative to get rid of festering rats in the Joburg township of Alexandra. In a modern take of the story of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, Lifeline is offering a mobile phone to any resident who manages to capture and submit 60 rodents to the organisation. According to […]
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Connectivity

And now the best Antivirus software of 2012 is….

This article is not for the faint hearted and the easily offended. Please scroll to the end to read the disclaimer. I took special care to write one using font size three because I think anything larger would be grossly appropriate (sic). Now before the flame war begins I should state three reasons why you should listen […]
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Connectivity

ZOL Startup Challenge 2011 winners: Where they are now

Last month, as we prepared to hold the ZOL Jumpstart Challenge 2012, we contacted the winners and finalists of the challenge in 2011 to check on the progress of their products and companies. The 2011 winner was Mukela Travel, a startup building an online reservation and hospitality management platform. The runner-ups were Softwarehouse with a […]
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Mobile Money

EcoCash by the numbers: now handles $70 million monthly

Yesterday, Econet announced its interim unaudited results for the 6 months ending 31 August 2012. The one product mentioned again and again and one the Econet leadership confirmed was their most exciting product, even comparing it to the introduction of prepaid, was EcoCash. The highlight stats of the product are that US $70 million worth […]
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Connectivity

Do your ideas and methods address the needs of your local market?

Some several months ago a Zimbabwean friend invited me to check out website he was working on that’s modeled along the lines of American local business review site, Yelp. Our conversation, when we met and went through the website, quickly went into the relevance of his service to ordinary Zimbabweans. He seemed very much aware of the […]
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Connectivity

Econet interim results: US $78 million in after tax profits

We just came from an analysts briefing in Harare where Econet Wireless Zimbabwe presented their interim results ending 31 August 2012. We live tweeted the briefing on our @Techzim stream. The one thing clear strategically at the briefing was the role of EcoCash in the new Econet. In fact, the CEO Douglas Mboweni, even said […]
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Connectivity

Econet slashing some Buddie tariffs by as much as 80%

You’ve probably heard that Econet is trialing some ultra-low cost voice rates for its Buddie customers. It’s true. A new – but not yet launched officially – Econet voice promo called Buddie Zone is giving subscribers tariff discounts of up to 80% on voice calls even during peak time. We tried contacting the Econet PR […]
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So, POTRAZ has used the USF to install just 11 sites so far

A report in today’s Herald says the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has so far used the Universal Service Fund to install just 11 base station sites around the country, and plans to install 43 more in the coming 2 years. The Universal Service Fund is a pool of money contributed to […]
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biNu Social is here, a lightning fast mobile social network

In August, after biNu’s much reported $2 million Series A funding round, we noted that the emerging markets “Smartphone in the cloud” service seemed to be morphing itself into a mobile social network. It became apparent later that this indeed was the case. Now it’s not just a gradual background morph; biNu Social is here. […]
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