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Netone Launches A New Version Of Mobile Insurance: Easy Cover

Mobile Network Operator (MNO) Netone has ventured into insurance through a strategic partnership with Champions Insurance that sees it introducing Easy Cover. The new product is aiming to cater for short-term mobile insurance needs of customers. Currently, Easy Cover product will insure customers on houses and legal representation from $1.50 in monthly instalments that are […]

Econet doubles down on financial services opportunity, hires Telecel mobile money boss

From the information gathered so far, Matsaudza isn’t being hired to lead EcoCash, Econet’s mobile money services, though. He is expected to fill a new role focused on managing digital payments and bridging the gap between EcoCash and Steward Bank, the retail financial services institution owned by Econet Zimbabwe.

Telecel targets bigger footprint in the market with 10 new franchise shops

Telecel has introduced 10 franchise stores across Zimbabwe and this is part of the mobile operator’s multi-channel customer experience strategy to increase its footprint in the market. These stores will also be complemented by several kiosks throughout the country.

Mobile money continues to pick up pace, overlaps into every financial service. What’s next?

This past week, we got to sift through the latest figures on Zimbabwean telecoms from the industry regulator, POTRAZ. These sector performance numbers are provided regularly and even though we’ve always been whinging about the late delivery (This latest report is for October – December 2014), the data provided is a great market indicator. Which brings […]

A million sign ups in two months: How is EcoSure growing so fast?

What do we remember about telecoms services last year? Well, for one thing Econet Wireless went all out with new products. The mobile network operator seemed to extend its hand to everything from money remittances to cars and water. What ended the year though was the launch of EcoSure, the mobile insurance product that took […]

FinScope Survey reveals opportunity for mobile money & third party developers

A couple of days ago FinMark Trust, a South African based independent trust that conducts regional assessments on financial inclusion, insurance and market access released the latest FinScope Survey for Zimbabwe. This is a follow-up to a similar survey from 2011. The latest edition presented several insights into the state of financial inclusion in Zimbabwe based […]

MTN Nigeria now has SME insurance, is this a precursor for Zim?

Earlier today it was reported by that the mobile network operator MTN Nigeria launched an insurance package for Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SMEs) called MTN Y’ello Biz. If an insured SME encounters disasters like flooding and fire, this insurance scheme extends cover of up to N1000,000 (1 million Naira which is equivalent to […]

Econet jumps back into insurance. What’s their play here?

  It’s no longer called EcoLife, but Econet are back in the insurance game. This time it’s called EcoSure, and its hardly the same thing as the previous offering. The service has a different value proposition and merits in other aspects such as ease of use and a different payout. This is the MNO’s renewed attempt […]

EcoLife relaunches as EcoSure. The new model

About a month ago, we got information and published that Econet wad preparing to re-launch what used to be (a nightmare) called EcoLife. Today, that product is being officially launched in Harare, but under a different name – EcoSure. This is one product that has taken Econet a long time to deliver both because of the […]

Exclusive: Econet relaunches Ecolife (update)

We have just been informed by sources close to Econet that the MNO is set to reactivate its insurance product Ecolife tomorrow. This isn’t an official launch, it’s more like a silent rollout of the service which hadn’t been available since 2012. This time Econet will be riding solo with its own new life assurance […]

Gtel launches new phone with contract package from Telecel

Last night we attended the launch of Gtel’s new flagship phone, called the Gtel A755 SL5.5 or simply the SL5.5. The new device which will be available from the 1st of November 2014 (this Saturday) has a cash price of $490. The event also included the unveiling of a new contract package for buying their device range. […]

Techzim Podcast: Powertel & Africom’s new packages, Econet’s $1 promo and Telecare

Here’ s this week’s edition of the Techzim Podcast. In this episode we touched on Powertel’s internet bundles, Africom’s $5 a week offering, Econet’s $1 a day promotion live test and Telecel’s Telecare insurance that was launched together with an Android app for telecash. If you are a Powertel subscriber how much of a disruption […]

Telecel unveils Android mobile app

Earlier today at the launch of the Telecel Telesure Insurance product, the Telecel team unveiled a new telecash Android mobile app for their mobile money service, telecash. The application, which is available for download on the Google Play Store, gives telecash subscribers a faster and easier transaction option for the usual mobile money activities like […]

Telecel launches mobile insurance product Telecare

Telecel ZImbabwe has just announced the introduction of a mobile life insurance product called Telecare. The product, a result of a partnership with Zimnat Lion,  is available to all registered Telecel subscribers and provides funeral, hospital, local and international travel cover. Telecare is available with two plans, the Value Plan and the premium plan. To […]