Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator, Econet Wireless has announced the review of the prices of its services thus an increase in data, voice and SMS prices, with the effect from 10 December 2020.
In a notice to its subscribers on Tuesday 8 December 2020, Econet Wireless announced to its valued subscribers about the review of Voice, Data and SMS bundle prices effectively from 10 December 2020. The notice seems to be short for the subscribers since they only have a day to revisit their bundles and purchase another bundle before the review.
To access Voice & Data Bundles dial *143#, for daily, weekly and monthly bouquets. Current effective tariffs cost for voice is ZWL$0.1070 per second, ZWL$1.2656 per MB. Daily bundles are currently pegged at $13 for 20MB to $360 for 1,200MB; weekly bundles are pegged at $13 for 20MB to $192 for 370MB; Monthly bundles is pegged at $65 for 100MB to $800 for 1,400 MB. The data prices were lastly reviewed on 31 August 2020 meanwhile its been 3 months since then.
The USSD code for SMS bundles is *140#, the cost of the effective tariffs is currently pegged at ZWL$1.6491 per SMS but Econet offers much cheaper SMS bundles, it offers daily and weekly SMS bundles, daily SMS bundle pegged at ZWL $1.90 for 5 SMS to ZWL$13.30 for 35 SMS and weekly SMS bundle pegged at ZWL$18.00 for 75 SMS to ZWL$72.00 for 300 SMS.
Mobile Network Operations (MNO) have been increasing charges for the past month to meet operational costs against inflation in Zimbabwe. NetOne, TelOne among others have been reviewing its tariffs from time to time while Econet’s prices and tariffs have changed once in the past 3 months. However, the changes of tariffs and prices of services are being controlled by the operators which are also demanding more in foreign currency hence the telecommunications companies are charging their services in local currency.
Econet Wireless is reviewing its voice, data and SMS bundle price to meet their operators needs as well as maintaining their businesses, not to fall due to economic difficulties in Zimbabwe, meanwhile the active, valued subscribers for Econet should expect an increase in prices of voice, SMS and data.