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Econet schedules system maintenance, data services may be affected

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe sent an SMS to customers notifying them of two scheduled system maintenance exercises that are happening in the coming days. The message from Econet reads as follows: Dear Customer. We have scheduled system upgrades from midnight to 2am on 02 & 06 Oct. This may affect data services. Please bear with us […]

Over 90% of internet usage in Zimbabwe is via mobile data

The Zimstat and POTRAZ 2020 ICT Access by households and individuals report revealed mobile data is the most widely accessible form of connectivity at 95.7% for narrowband with broadband at 93.1%. These figures aren’t too surprising seeing as the other ways to access the internet need considerable capital investment. Getting a fibre or ADSL connection […]

Are airtime scratch cards being phased out?

There have been several reports over the last few weeks that there is a shortage of airtime scratch cards. This might not be a big deal for some because the “route one” way to buy airtime these days is through mobile banking and USSD. More so with the advent of the pandemic. People are more […]

Econet is calling for a tariff increase

The country’s biggest mobile network operator (MNO) Econet Wireless has called for a tariff increase. The company cited that this will be the only way to keep the telecoms industry viable as the sector is very resource-intensive and relies heavily on foreign currency which is in short supply. “Our headline tariffs were last reviewed in […]

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 […]

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe calls for early redemption of debentures

A few days ago Econet Wireless Zimbabwe (Econet) issued a notice to its debenture holders offering to redeem debentures it issued on 17 January 2017 early. This means instead of waiting for them to mature about three years from now, the holders of the debentures can have them redeemed now. The debentures have a market […]

Econet is having issues with calls and USSD

It looks like all is not well at Econet. Over the course of the day making calls and accessing the USSD have gotten progressively harder to do. When I tried to make a call just now there was no connection, even though my network reception was good. Anyone else struggling with making calls or accessing […]

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. — Econet Wireless (@econetzimbabwe) July 6, 2021 This price increase follows the one […]

Women only make up 41.3% of mobile phone subscriptions in Zimbabwe?!

Yesterday, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe released a state of the sector statement. That document was pretty brief and we were waiting for the more detailed report and well… it is finally out. The figures for the performance of the sector are similar to ones we reported yesterday however in the full […]

EcoCash warns customers of account hijacks (again)

EcoCash has released a statement warning customers to be vigilant especially where it concerns account hijacks or takeovers: Public Notice Warning: Guard Against Fraud EcoCash is aware of reports of fraud, where unsuspecting EcoCash customers have lost money to criminals using false identities after they harvest customers’ mobile phone numbers from social media platforms such […]

Econet launches ZWL$4K MiFi KaMbudzi which comes with 6GB of free data

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has announced the launch of a MiFi KaMbudzi feature phone which will come with 6GB of free data and costs ZWL$4,877.00 Introducing the new 4G MiFi KaMbudzi, with Hotspot connecting up to 4 devices, WhatsApp & Facebook. Visit your nearest Econet Shop to buy & get 6GB FREE Data.#OneFightAgainstCorona — Econet […]

Did SI 127 affect Econet’s buy USD airtime for bonuses promotion?

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe yesterday announced a promotion that would see customers who bought airtime in USD get free/bonus data, call time and SMSes. This promotion was posted just before the government and RBZ announced the new forex regulations and penalties under Statutory Instrument 127 of 2021 (SI 127 of 2021). Under the new rules, a […]

Econet now giving free data, call time & SMSes if you buy USD airtime

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has announced that if you buy airtime in USD you will get bonus minutes, data and SMSes. The promotion is running at select Econet Shops nationwide meaning you have to go to an outlet in order to pay in USD. And here is what you’ll get if you buy airtime in USD: […]

Econet & NetOne HAVE NOT partnered on a promotion, its a scam

They are getting very crafty…

US$100 mil EcoCash WhatsApp scam doesn’t make sense & here’s why

US$100 million over EcoCash alone hmm… guys.

Econet eLearning bundles are working

Econet’s eLearning Bundles are working and have been since late February 2021

Econet voice, SMS & data bundle prices – March 2021

And the trio is complete.

Econet’s website appears to be down

Econet’s website is feeling so good.

Cassava secretly shuts down EcoCashSave

Cloak and dagger…

Econet data has been performing almost as poorly as NetOne

NetOne hasn’t been alone when it comes to poor data services as Econet subscribers have also complained about internet connectivity dropping.

Econet barred by High Court from sending COVID SMS updates

Econet Wireless has been barred by the High Court of Zimbabwe from sending COVID-19 bulk SMSes after a man took the MNO to court.

Distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in Zimbabwe is going to be a nightmare

There are a number of variables that are going make distributing the 3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses around Zimbabwe an absolute nightmare.

COVID-19 SMS updates, a good measure to keep everyone informed

The COVID-19 SMS updates that we have been receiving are making sure that everyone knows whats going on regardless of what device they have.

Econet bemoans foreign obligations in latest trading update

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has bemoaned foreign obligations in its trading update for the period ending 30 November 2020.

Econet data, voice & SMS bundles to go up by 20%…

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe will be increasing the prices of data, voice, and SMS bundles by 20% starting December 10th 2020.

Econet resolves issue with private Wi-Fi bundle purchases

Econet Wireless has said that they have resolved the issue that customers were facing when they bought a Private Wi-Fi bundle for someone else using EcoCash.

Econet launches ZWL$10 million Christmas promotion

Econet has launched a Christmas promotion which will see subscribers stand a chance to win a share of ZWL$10 million in prizes.