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Econet Wireless experiences a 25% decline in airtime sales as subscriber spending patterns shift

Local mobile operator Econet Wireless recorded a sharp decline in airtime sales in the previous financial year as subscribers reduced their expenditure on the most visible commodity sold by telecoms services. According to the mobile operator’s integrated annual financial report for the year ending February 2016, revenue from local airtime sales dropped from $362.375 million in the […]


Jah Prayzah’s distribution partnership with Zimpapers is Zimbabwe’s best shot at piracy so far

For his latest album, Mdhara Vachauya, Jah Prayzah’s team partnered with Zimbabwe’s largest news publisher Zimpapers to distribute the CD album via its network of newspaper vendors.


Telecel e-Juice: Is this the death of the recharge card?

Go ahead, Tell Someone, scratching is now a thing of the past! Well, that’s the message from Telecel. Earlier this week the Telecel e-Juice platform was launched as an electronic way to top up airtime credit for any Telecel prepaid subscriber. Selected airtime vendors can now sell airtime simply by transferring the amount the subscriber wants […]


WARNING: Don’t buy airtime through EcoCash on weekends

For some time now, I have been using my EcoCash wallet to buy airtime.Though I don’t get a discount for doing this (they give dealers and wholesalers between 8-10%, surely this can be extended to us, they have no printing costs of a physical recharge card or other costs that are associated with buying airtime) […]


New tech taxes: are we killing the goose?

Yesterday we heard of the new taxes on mobile phones and airtime credit introduced by government. It’s hardly surprising that less than flowery opinions have been shared by Zimbabweans who are now faced by the prospect of a significant price increase on devices and already expensive mobile communication services. The fact is the waiver on duty […]


Podcast: EcoCash Debit Card, BeForward laptops and “free Twitter”

In this is latest edition of the Techzim podcast we discuss the issues surrounding Econet and ZIMRA as well as the one month free Twitter promo from Econet. We also look at EcoCash’s MasterCard Debit Card, the $1 levy for street and airtime vendors being mulled by government, Facebook on USSD as well as BeForward selling […]


Airtime and street vendors to pay $1 a day state levy

It’s been reported that the government is planning to step up its revenue collection efforts with a crackdown on all informal traders. This blitz will also rope in the numerous airtime vendors who have become a permanent feature of street side entrepreneurship. This move is going to be the latest effort to increase revenue for […]