UPDATED: Zimbabwe Government Inflates Mobile Data Prices

The Government of Zimbabwe, through its regulatory body the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ), has struck a blow against a mortal enemy. 2016 saw the rise of protest movements organised through social media, led by vocal Twitter and Facebook uses who were branded “social media terrorists” in the state media. After a…

How to Browse the Internet More Securely

We live in an era of free-flowing data, where any person with an Internet connection has seemingly all the information in the world at their fingertips. Yet, while the Internet has greatly expanded the ability to share knowledge, it has also made issues of privacy more complicated, with many worrying their own personal information, including…

Line Registration Woes at Econet Wireless

Updated below We received this from a disgruntled Farai, who was home in Harare for Christmas. Below is an account of my experience with Econet “Customer Care” over the Christmas holiday period. 14 December: I arrived in Zim and bought a line at the Econet airport kiosk. As usual, the kiosk attendant took a copy…

Econet Moves To Prevent Airtime Leakage

According to an article in NewsDay, the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has threatened to disconnect Econet’s value-added services. The article quotes a letter from Econet Wireless, addressed to their VAS customers (emphasis ours). In light of the above and the official confirmed threat from the regulator to disconnect all VAS services,…

Inspired to Spell Things Wrong

Updated below I ranted at Econet about their mobile broadband offering on my personal blog earlier this month, and posted a screenshot of a MASSIVE typo on the (new) homepage. It’s still there today. Judge for yourself. Also, the share price hasn’t changed either. Is anybody out there? Update 1 At 1156hrs today, I mailed…