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BiNu hires former ForgetMeNot Africa CEO to grow biNu in Africa

BiNu, the smartphone in the cloud company has hired former ForgetMeNot Africa CEO, Jeremy George, to help grow biNu users and usage in Africa. We met with George last week in Harare and he discussed their strategy on the continent going forward, the sum of which is to grow content and users.

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.

A Huawei Windows smartphone made 4Afrika

At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in the US, Huawei unveiled a Windows smartphone called the Huawei Ascend W1. The phone has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage and a 5MB pixel camera. In short, low to mid-range brain & power. Today, the two companies announced a slight and gave it made for a Africa tag. It’s actually called exactly that; Huawei 4Afrika.

Journey into smartphone ownership

A few years ago I was browsing in a store in Boksburg looking to purchase a phone. The BlackBerry was all the rage then and the iPod was extremely popular. I gazed at the multiple deals which we only see now courtesy of Econet and Gtel in Harare. While I was busy comparing the many features of the models I was contemplating – the biggest feature being my price range – a teenager joined me and asked me a question I shall never forget. “So what kind of phone are you looking for?”

Is Flash dead?

As all web developers know, they do not develop for themselves. These days there are more and more things to consider when developing a website: Google rankings, target audience, mobile device compatibility etc. And now you have had to add to the list, should I use flash or HTML5?

TN Bank to finance smartphones and tablets for Econet subscribers

When Econet made moves to acquire TN Bank last year, they made it clear it was to push adoption of their EcoCash mobile money service. But there are more benefits to owning a financial institution than just driving mobile money adoption; Econet announced today that one of those benefits, and indeed one of the reasons it acquired the bank, was to have it finance smartphone deals for Econet subscribers.

Here’s how to get Amazon and iTunes Gift Cards for Free*

Do you know there are services out there that will pay you to try their apps? FreeMyApps is one such. Basically, how it works is an app developer comes to them and says “we’ll pay you to get your audience to download our free app”. FreeMyApps takes their money, assigns a credit value to the app and tells you to download and use the free app for 30 seconds. When you do, you’ll get that credit value added to your account. You can exchange those credits for things like iTunes gift cards, Amazon gift cards and currently, Postagram gift cards.

The Samsung Galaxy S 3 officially launched in Zimbabwe

Some several hours ago, Samsung Zimbabwe officially launched the Galaxy S III at a colourful function in Harare attended by the some notable names in the Zimbabwe tech industry. The Galaxy S III has been a big deal globally, for many good reasons such as being the fastest selling gadget in history, so it’s no […]

biNu in explosive growth

biNu the Sydney based startup founded in September 2008 by Gour Lentell and Dave Turner recorded a jaw dropping 112% increase in unique Monthly Active Users (MAUs) for Zimbabwe in nine months. This is based upon stats that biNu has released to Techzim. The startup is on a tear recording similarly impressive growth in other […]

Review: The Huawei Ideos U8150 from Econet. Great value for money

We spent most of last week with three gadgets we got from Econet for review: A Huawei Ideos U8150 smartphone, an Ideos X5 Pro smartphone and an Ideos S7 Slim tablet. This review will focus on the U8150 pictured below. We’ll post separate reviews for the other two devices.

Skype Comes To Nokia Smartphones

Earlier today, the mobile phone giant, Nokia announced that Skype for it’s Symbian smartphones is now available for free download in its OVI store. Mobile users can now use 3G or Wi-Fi connections to call each other for ‘free’ without needing to route the call through mobile operators.

This is a big game changer for mobile operators. Charging subscribers for call minutes is getting harder and harder to justify and this just another nail in the regular calls’ coffin.

Econet though seems to have seen this coming. It has been heavily investing in reinventing itself into a data career (aka ISP). Just last week, it launched it’s fibre network project and promised to make it available to other service providers in the future. Econet founder, Strive Masiyiwa, sums it up in the YouTube video – “As an operator our basic responsiblity and task, is build a network and to provide coverage and connectivity to as many people as possible. That is the instruction we give to our executives.”