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Elevate Gaming Now Has An App Store

Econet subscribers (or maybe just Elevate members) have been receiving a message notifying them of Elevate’s newest service; an app store filled with mobile games. Introducing Elevate Gaming! Click m.elevategaming.co.zw to play any of the 2000 epic games & stand a chance to win prizes for points accumulated during play. Elevate message I clicked on […]


Netflix Rolling Out Cheaper Mobile-Only Subscriptions

If you watch Netflix exclusively from your smartphone, you have some reason to rejoice. Netflix recently confirmed that they will launch a cheaper subscription option for mobile-only viewers. The service will start in India and Netflix has said it’s possible it will spread to other countries later on. I’ve binged a number of Netflix shows […]


Huawei’s Ban Is More Far-Reaching Than You Think

One of the most interesting sentiments I heard when people were discussing their views regarding Huawei’s recent ban, was that “they can simply move to Android’s Open Source Project”. When it became clear that, that wasn’t that simple the next thing was “they can build their own OS, they don’t need Android”. This might be […]


MTNs New Featurephone Costs R300 And Can Access WhatsApp. Game Changer

MTN has reportedly started rolling out their smart-feature phone which is aptly named Smart S 3G across Africa. The phone was announced back in 2018 at AfricaCom and after playing with the phone for a few minutes after the announcement I think this phone will be a big hit for people buying low-cost entry-level phones. […]


Samsung Galaxy S10 Sales Might Not Reach Expectations. What’s Happening With The Smartphone Industry?

Unsurprisingly there’s a report circulating in South Korea claiming that first day registrations for the Galaxy S10 are lower than expected and lower than the figures posted by Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9 last year. The Galaxy S10 managed to get 140 000 registrations whilst the S9 and Note 9 had 180 000 and 200 […]


Here’s What You Need To Know About The Rwandan Smartphone Factory

A few days ago there was an announcement that a Rwandan company will begin developing a smartphone and for most this was a welcome announcement. An African company making phones for African’s. Sounds like a pretty cool thing right? On the surface, it does and judging from what we know so far this wil definitely […]


MTN Launches The World’s First ‘Smart Feature Phone’: AfricaCom 2018

MTN has done the unthinkable as it introduced the world’s first 3G smart feature phone here at AfricaCom 2018. It’s called a smart feature phone because the phone has qualities of both, the feature phone and the smartphone. In a nutshell, it’s a phone that’s one-part feature phone and one-part smartphone, a first of its […]


Is Banking From Your Smartphone Really Safe?

Online banking is one of the great conveniences of modern life. Logging on from a PC, smartphone or tablet, most of us can get instant access to our bank accounts in order to see at a glance how our finances are looking and to arrange transactions at the click of a button. No more waiting […]


Innovation In Smartphones Is Dead! Let’s Talk About The Oppo Find X

The 2008 VMA’s will be forever etched in history because of Kanye West’s moment of madness. The Hip-Hop star interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for her Video of the Year award and said: ‘Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you and Imma’ let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos […]


It’s Amazing What Smartphones Are Capable Of Nowadays

Year after year a multitude of high end smartphones armed to the teeth, or in this case to the bezel, are getting released almost every other week. With every release there is constant reference to this latest one being better than the previous one and/or its competition. And true to that regard these smartphones HAVE […]


GTeL X6 Plus. 4 Cameras, Tall Display, Gorgeous Looking Shade Of Blue

So from the pleasing X5 from last year we take a look at GTeL’s latest offering. The GTeL X6 Plus. From the title you may have already gotten an idea of what we are dealing with here. Oh and the blue just looks amazing in the sun. Very amazing. Let’s get on with the details […]


France Bans Mobile Phones At School And Why This Is A Big Deal Even For Zimbabwe

Initially, I mentioned the French government banning mobile phones in the country’s primary, junior and middle schools in passing. But after constant nagging and convincing of how much a big deal it is from my boss, I’ve decided to explore the topic a little further. So, according to France, students will not be allowed to use their […]


Wanna Learn Photography and Video Editing on Your Phone? Register For This Citizen Journalism Workshop.

I just came across a flier sent in one of the WhatsApp groups that I’m in and I found it interesting. The flier was advertising a workshop on “Mobile Reporting For Community Journalism In Zimbabwe”. I remember during the coup-not-coup, Techzim wrote on how technology particularly smartphones, the internet and social media had played a […]


How technology is helping us write our history…

Tech savvy or not, I know for a fact that in one way or the other, you appreciate technology. However, now because tech is so much a part of our lives it’s easy for us to just take it for granted – I mean that happens with every other thing we become ‘familiar’ with; sadly, […]


Kwesé TV Mobile App Announcement

An audio of the launch of the Kwesé TV mobile app that allows you to watch Kwesé live on your mobile phone or tablet over the internet. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash number: Buy Please dial our USSD code *405# on your phone to buy airtime because […]


[Video] Buying a second hand phone? You need to know these few tricks

Second hand phones are the way to go for a flagship smartphone for a lot of people. But it does come with its own host of risks. Lets take a look at the most common ones and how to be prepared for them Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount […]


[Video]Huawei Mate 10 thoughts: This could replace your laptop

Yesterday Huawei Launched the Mate 10, the Mate 10 Pro and the Mate 10 Porsche Design. These devices are banking big on AI but are also offering a new way to experience a desktop feel. Quick NetOne, Econet, And Telecel Airtime Recharge Number to recharge: Airtime amount ($): EcoCash number: Buy Please dial our USSD […]


Google is spending $1.1 Billion cash for part of HTC mobile team

Today, Google announced an agreement that they have made with HTC. The agreement will see Google paying HTC $1.1 Billion in cash for some people who are part of HTC’s mobile division. As part of the agreement, Google will also get a nonexclusive license for HTC intellectual property. The two companies have been partners for […]


Would you get insurance for your smartphone?

To understand why you might need insurance for your smartphone, let’s take a look at a scenario. So picture this, you’re lying on the sofa, holding your phone up and chatting with some friends on WhatsApp. Then all of a sudden your phone hits your face, you know how much that sucks right. Well, this […]


Does more megapixels mean better quality images?

So you are like me. Love to take photos and therefore own or want to own a phone with a very decent camera. Question is, what is a good camera? That’s not an easy question because now you have to ask what makes a good camera and no, bigger sensor or more Megapixels does not […]


Nokia Officially back in the smartphone game!

In a Capital Markets Day event held last Tuesday Nokia confirmed in an official company strategy event that the company is coming back into the smartphone game licensing its brand name to HMD Global allowing them a 10 year exclusive agreement for manufacturing Nokia branded smartphones and tablets. HMD is a newly founded company born in […]


Tecno L8 Review. Powerbank on Android.

Another edition of the TECNO line of midrange devices, the Tecno L8 is coming in the mid-to-low end side of the mid range smartphone category. Target market is individuals not interested in cutting edge specs but just a basic device capable of lasting a lifetime before crying out for a charge and carry out normal […]


Huawei Mate 8 review. A Different Note.

Huawei stepped into the premium phablet scene with the gorgeous looking Ascend Mate 7 which boasted superfast 4G LTE-A Cat 6 which translates to theoretical speeds of up to 300Mbps downlink and 50Mbps uplink. It also featured a fingerprint scanner and it was one of the first very few devices offering one which claimed to […]


TECNO Camon C9 Review. The dream budget smartphone?

Our last recent review of a TECNO device came in the form of the TECNO Boom J8, a device targeted at all music lovers. Now I bring you the TECNO Camon C9. This piece of hardware is targeted at the photography lovers specifically the selfie centric population. The following is a technical review of this […]


TECNO Boom J8 review. The BOOMbox.

The TECNO brand is a fairly new brand in the Zimbabwean smartphone market and it wants to also claim its share of the Zimbo pie. Welcome everyone to the TECNO Boom J8, a pretty sleek looking device targeted at the full on audiophile given off by the ‘boom’ in the name. The body comprises of […]


Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Sales and exchanges officially halted!

Samsung has officially informed all of its  global partners to stop selling or exchanging its flagship Galaxy Note 7  amid to consumer safety concerns as seen in their statement below: We are working with relevant regulatory bodies to investigate the recently reported cases involving the Galaxy Note7. Because consumers’ safety remains our top priority, Samsung […]


Black Friday, a weak rand and getting your hands on that cheap iPhone

If you have a reasonable amount fo money, the energy for some online bargain hunting and can pull off a bit of coordination with the odd friend or family member crossing the Beitbridge border post this festive season, you can take advantage of some of the Black Friday deals.


What does Zimbabwe’s insignificant smartphone penetration mean?

The smartphone penetration rate in Zimbabwe is approximately 15% which actually means that about 85% of all mobile communication in Zimbabwe is largely through dumb phones (mbudzi) and feature phones. These are some humbling statistics in terms of what it actually means for developments in broadband.


Kenya has 67% smartphone penetration, way above the continent’s figures

A recent report by Human IPO has said that Kenya has 67% smartphone penetration. The report is based on figures released by Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom. According to Safaricom, Kenya has 67% smartphone penetration attributed to “a growing middle class that has increased the uptake of these types of phones”. Safaricom also says 23% […]


Facebook introduces Video ads, ZTE’s gaming console: Regional & Global round up

Facebook introduces 15 minute video ads Yesterday Facebook announced the introduction of Video ads that it hopes will help “advertisers to drive branding objectives on Facebook”. The 15 minute video ads play automatically in the News Feed with the sound muted. The video ads will also stop when you scroll past them but tapping on […]