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Telecel reviews Megaboost bundle tariffs – Sept 2020

Yesterday, Telecel reviewed their Megaboost data bundles and the pricing has changed significantly – something not too surprising when you consider the last review for Megaboost was back in July. What’s the difference? Megaboost was priced as follows before the recent changes; Price On-Net Off-net SMS WhatsApp Facebook Data Validity $40 10 – 30 30MB […]


SMS & Data Bundles Price Hike Imminent For Econet Subscribers

Econet has announced that from the 4th of February it will reveal new prices for data and SMS bundles: Dear valued customer, Please note that our Data and SMS bundle prices will be reviewed effective Tuesday 4 February 2020. **All other prices remain unchanged. Whilst Telecel and NetOne are yet to announce similar tariff changes, […]


Ghana Parliament Summons Mobile Operators Over Expensive Data

Ghanaian mobile subscribers are not entirely happy with the countries mobile operators and their displeasure has led to mobile operators being called to Parliament to explain themselves. Back in October, Ghana’s government ordered telcos to stop selling data and voice bundles that expire: All unused data and voice bundles purchased by subscribers do not expire […]


How To Turn Off All WhatsApp Notifications

At times, the WhatsApp notifications can be overwhelming. Of course, you won’t uninstall WhatsApp just to avoid WhatsApp notifications. The other option that’s available is to turn off your mobile data or Wi-Fi. But the problem with that is that it will stop notifications from all other apps that need to connect to the internet. […]


Netflix’s Mobile-Only Plan In India Was A Hit

A few months ago, Netflix was in crisis mode – or at least that’s what media had us believe. With the threat of new streaming competition on the horizon, losing subscribers it all felt like it was time to hit the panic button. Netflix decided to roll-out a mobile-only plan in India. The mobile plan […]


Econet’s New Data & Text Bundle Pricing – October 2019

For the millionth time, the price for data bundles has once again been reviewed upwards. Here’s what you’ll now pay for daily data bundles: $4 – 40MB $10 – 150MB $13 – 250MB $20 – 600MB $35 – 1.2GB Weekly data bundles: $$3 – 25MB $6 – 60MB $14 – 160MB $28 – 350MB $55 […]


Yo Mix Offering Good Data Deals Until The End Of October

Over the last few weeks, I had been receiving a Yo Mix message alerting me to a significant discount that I had been ignoring because I thought it was just bait to get more people downloading the app: THANK YOU for using YoMix! You have won a 60% discount on YoMix data bundles. Log in […]


Out-Of-Bundle Mobile Data Charges Fall By 60%

POTRAZ announced their Long-Run Average Increment Cost (LRIC) where they made some cool announcement. Out of bundle data browsing is dropping massively: The Out of bundle mobile data charges threshold shall be reduced from the current 12.5 cents per Megabyte to 5 cents per Megabyte exclusive to of all taxes. This applies to internet/data that […]


Supa Mandiwanzira Says Mobile Tariffs For Data And Voice To Change, Won’t Say If They Are Going Up Or Down

The Minister of Information Communications Technology and Cyber Security, Supa Mandiwanzira, said that mobile tariffs are going to shift in the near future but he refused to comment on whether the tariffs would be getting increased or lowered. According to The Sunday Mail, at POTRAZ’s recent Consumer Awareness road show Mandiwanzira: There are consistent meetings […]


WhatsApp almost half of all mobile data traffic in Zimbabwe

Last year, Techzim wrote an article titled “WhatsApp IS the internet in Zimbabwe, accounts for 34% of mobile internet traffic“. It was after the local telecoms regulator in the country, POTRAZ, had provided statistics showing the apps dominance. That dominance is only increasing. This week POTRAZ released some new numbers that show that WhatsApp now […]


Video: Use this app to stop data bundles from disappearing

No one want’s their data bundles to disappear mysteriously from their phone. It’s not a hopeless situation. This app will help you be strict about which apps access the internet: In the Video: Android apps Data savings apps NoRootFirewall Download the video here for sharing on WhatsApp. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: […]


With how expensive mobile data is going to be we need more coverage from Public Wifi Hotspots.

Mobile data is officially on its way to becoming a premium that average Zimbabwean cannot afford. The level of disruption it has caused is likely to leave people with public wifi as a form of refuge for data solutions. Nevertheless it got me thinking. Public Wifi was already pretty affordable but what’s holding it back […]


Econet blocks WhatsApp and Facebook calls with new social media bundles

According to an update to its terms and conditions, Econet’s social media bundles will no longer allow subscribers to make voice and video calls on either WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger. The extract from its revised Terms and Conditions reads: The social bundles will not be able to initiate OTT Video and Voice calls. This comes […]


WhatsApp and Messenger video calling mobile data consumption.

Video calling is becoming trendy especially with its debut on WhatsApp just about a month ago but Facebook’s Messenger has had that feature for quite a while now. Anyway the story here is which of the two is the most efficient means of digital face to face communication that is best connectivity and quality for […]


Out of bundle browsing is what “steals” your airtime at a rate of $1=6.6mb

To understand how your airtime “disappears” or is “stolen” by your mobile operator, you have to understand the concept of out of bundle browsing. Out of bundle browsing charges subscribers a high data tariff for any internet related activity done outside of a bundle (WhatsApp, facebook, twitter or opera). Out of bundle browsing is ridiculously expensive, […]


5 simple ways to reduce your mobile data consumption

With Zimbabwe having the third most expensive data we all need to come up with cost-effective methods to reduce our consumption and preserve data for when we need it on our phones. Here are 12 ways to reduce your data consumption: 1. Disable Auto-Updates: Many people are often victims of either their phone or applications […]


Is Zimbabwe ready for its own #datamustfall movement?

We recently wrote an article on Zimbabwe having the third most expensive mobile data in Africa with the cheapest monthly 1 GB data package in the country set at $30. As fellow subscribers, we were always aware of Zimbabwe’s expensive mobile data, but the report by Research ICT Africa put our situation into greater perspective. The realisation of Zimbabwe […]


NetOne invites TechZim on a LTE and mobile data speed test excercise around Harare

NetOne’s network optimisation team has invited TechZim on an LTE data speed test tomorrow, Tuesday 20th September from 9am. This follows our report on the state of mobile data speeds in Zimbabwe concerning the three Mobile Network Operators (NetOne, Telecel and Econet). The results of the initial tests were shocking with all three operators failing […]


NetOne’s illegal product and the penalties it could face

Recently NetOne released a mobile data bundle product called “The One“. The removal of the product raised a lot of suspicion as to why the MNO would remove a product that was arguably the best mobile data product available on the market at that time. We sought clarification from NetOne to no avail. So, we […]


Comparison of mobile internet data bundles: NetOne takes the Cup

Recently NetOne released its  “The One” mobile internet data bundle product. It is arguably the best mobile internet data plan available right now. We realized the impact of NetOne’s product after some of our WhatsApp group‘ members expressed interest in migrating to the “One” family. We were also shocked to witness one our TechZim team members […]


Econet takes internet revenue increase with a pinch of salt!

Econet, the countries largest Mobile Network Operator, recorded an 8,7% revenue increase in data and internet services according to the mobile operators integrated annual financial report for the year ending February 2016. Revenue for data and internet services increased from $104,17 million in the 2014-15 financial year to $113,18 million in the 2015-16 financial year. Econet’s increase in […]


Why 7 in 10 people use Voice Calls over WhatsApp Calling

My calling and texting habits is something I rarely put into perspective, more often I am more interested in the topic of discussion and quality of conversation than the medium I used to create the two-way communication channel. According to POTRAZ, 1 in 3 things we utilize our mobile internet on is the Whatsapp service, this is […]


Opera jumps onto “…best for Netflix in Africa” bandwagon with Opera Max

So the latest way to sell your internet service or app in these post #NetflixEverywhere launch days, is to claim that it’s best for Netflix. Lots of free advertising it’s getting this video streaming service. The latest on that bandwagon is Opera, who most of us know for the much loved Opera Mini. Opera Mini is ofcourse just not enough […]


Saving data on Android devices

There is a saying doing rounds in the capital when referring to “Gold digging” people: “Anodya mari kunge Android.” The simile, among other things, suggests that Android phones will burn a hole through your pocket which although not strictly speaking true is certainly understandable. Most Android devices come with a host of applications installed by […]


POTRAZ will not force MNOs to reduce data tariffs. To let market forces regulate

With internet out-of-bundle prices ranging from US 7 cents (NetOne) to 15 cents (Econet) per megabyte, Zimbabwe’s data tariffs are considered relatively – to the average incomes that is – high. This however, a directive to MNOs issued by POTRAZ last week suggested, is not high enough to warrant POTRAZ’s intervention. POTRAZ will, for now, leave data charges to […]


Saving mobile phone data

In the previous installment several suggestions were made on how to reduce bandwidth consumption on a capped connection. Whilst this article focused solely on PCs the rise in the use of smartphones has led to headaches as people try to manage data bundles on their smartphones and tablets. This is not helped by the fact that most mobile operator’s charges are a tad bit expensive when compared to their fixed Internet Service Providers.