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Grey imports & counterfeits flood Zimbabwean smartphone market, pose challenge to formal distributors

Despite the added benefits of warranties and after sale support as well as consumer protection offered by registered distributors, a huge quotient of the Zimbabwean market still finds solace in unregistered traders, a scenario which presents a huge challenge to distributors like Tecno who are operating above board.


Astro Mobile launches new range of devices

According to Munyaradzi Gwatidzo, the founder and CEO of Astro, Astro wants to offer a great smartphone experience for a limited budget, something that takes into consideration Zimbabwean consumers’ improving tastes as well as the current economic situation where disposable incomes only allow for a limited investment into mobile devices.


Astro Mobile secures partnerships with Airtel & MTN, looks beyond devices business

The most recent feat, which likely contributed to the award and continental recognition, was the securing of partnerships with Airtel and MTN. These arrangements will give Astro an opportunity to push its brand in every market where the two telecoms operators are present.


As Xiaomi enters Africa, local IAP, Africom takes lead for Zim market – offers a $250 device

Xiaomi is headed to Africa – well, to parts of it, anyway. Official distributors of the Chinese brand are opening their doors to the public through an official distributor, Mobile In Africa, who will service 3 countries (Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria), and all this is scheduled for this month.


Astro Mobile nominated for African Award for Entrepreneurship

Astro Mobile, a local mobile phone distributor and technology brand has made it into the African Leadership Network (ALN) top entrepreneurial businesses nominees list for the Outstanding Mature Business Award at the 2015 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE).


Astro Mobile signs on as sponsor of Hour Of Code Zimbabwe

One of the latest developments for Hour Of Code Zimbabwe is that Astro Mobile, the Zimbabwean mobile device distributor has signed on as a sponsor for future Hour of Code events. Any efforts to grow that pool, like what Hour Of Code is doing, are a win for companies like Astro Mobile. Perhaps other companies with plans for Value Added Services should also support such initiatives?


Catching them young, Steward Bank pushes ZTE phones through iStudent account

Steward Bank is offering tertiary students entry level smartphones through a Student Account credit facility. Here is a look at the impact of this strategy.


With all these job cuts, a credit rating system is now more critical than before

With the current developments in labour where perpetual employment has been virtually terminated, credit rating systems will become crucial in providing benchmarks through which companies offering products on credit can reference credit worthiness.


Astro Mobile to setup mobile phone, television assembly plant

Astro Mobile plans to set up a mobile device and television assembly plant in Zimbabwe by the end of 2015. Should these plans succeed, Astro has potential to create employment and reduce the cost of production for their Astro brand.


Astro Mobile continues to grow, opens new branch at Joina City Harare

Astro Mobile has just commissioned a branch at Joina City Mall in Harare, where it’s showcasing some of its products including the flagship Astro V2+.


This $20 Astro phone runs WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter apps #Mbudzi

No, that #Mbudzi in the title is not a joke. Astro has actually released one. Mbudzi, for those of you not in Zimbabwe, is Shona vernacular for goat, and generally means a cheap feature-phone in these parts. How the phone was named after the animal I have no idea, and if you do know, please help the rest […]


Lies, damn lies, entrepreneurship and Africans supporting each other

The life of a startup entrepreneurship is anything but easy. Anywhere in the world really. What is considered the normal failure rate is nothing short of scary and alarming. Very close to all startup companies are headed for failure before they can become anything, again, anywhere in the world. The odds are stacked against the entrepreneur so much, any break anyone can […]


Astro unveils the Astro Virtual 2. Lies about it being the world thinnest phone

Local mobile devices and software company, Astro has unveiled their new flagship smartphone, the Astro Virtual 2, at an event held in Harare tonight. The Astro Virtual 2 succeeds the Astro Virtual (1) and it’s the first mobile device they have announced this year. Speaking at the launch, Astro CEO Munyaradzi Gwatidzo said the Astro Virtual […]