- Published on 26 November 2013
Mobile phone operator Econet Wireless says EcoCashSave account holders will soon be able to borrow the same way as ordinary bank account holders.
This is part of what will be called EcoCashCredit that Econet Wireless is planning to roll out early in the new year with the accounts having grown to 900 000, exceeding the total held by all traditional banking institutions.
Econet Wireless chief executive, Mr Douglas Mboweni, confirmed that a scheme is being developed whereby people
- Published on 10 November 2013
TELECEL Zimbabwe will before the end of the year introduce a mobile money service joining Econet and NetOne as the three mobile telephone operators battle to become serious players in the financial sector.
In an interview last week, Telecel Zimbabwe communication and branding director Mr Obert Mandimika said the platform would be called Telecash.
"We are working on introducing a Telecel mobile money service and it will be called Telecash. We hope to launch it before the end of
- Published on 16 October 2013
Free internet connection at Africa Unity Square has been shut down due to abuse by users.
Visitors to the Square had been given free Wi-Fi internet access for the past four years. However, providers couldn't cope with the level of use, such as the Youtube browsing and downloading pornography videos which are usually over 200 megabytes in size.
"People were abusing the service so we locked the Wi-Fi to be accessed only by our staff," said a Harare Publicity Association (HPA)
- Published on 01 October 2013
GOVERNMENT has, with effect from today, permitted its security agencies to spy into people's telephone call records, text messages and Internet communication.
This has been done through the enactment of Statutory Instrument 142 of 2013 on Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber Registration) Regulations, 2013, which was gazetted last Friday.
Previously, government could only have access to people's phone records when it was absolutely necessary, usually when following up
- Published on 21 August 2013
A man who hacked into Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg's page to expose a software bug is getting donations from hackers around the world after the company declined to pay him under a program that normally rewards people who report flaws.
Khalil Shreateh discovered and reported the flaw but was initially dismissed by the company's security team. He then posted a message on the billionaire's wall to prove the bug's existence.
Now, Marc Maiffret, chief technology officer of
- Published on 21 August 2013
ECONET Wireless has marked the joint hosting by the country and Zambia of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) general assembly by launching one of Africa's first Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.
The company, Zimbabwe's largest mobile company by earnings and subscribers, said the LTE will be launched in the resort town of Victoria Falls, where the assembly will be held from August 24 to 29.
The new technology, which is still not available in most European and
- Published on 20 August 2013
POTRAZ has today directed Econet to revert to the old punitive pricing of 25 cents per minutes for calls.
This is the first time POTRAZ has reacted publicly to the tariff wars.
"POTRAZ has ordered Econet to revert to the 25 cents tariff, and stop offering the 10c tariff by 4PM today (Tuesday)," reportedly said an Econet official.
The argument by POTRAZ, the spokeperson says, is that Econet cannot effect a tariff cut of above 50%.
"Given the foregoing, we
- Published on 14 August 2013
BlackBerry Messenger for Android is coming to Samsung Galaxy phones first - if you're in Africa.
Samsung Africa spilled the beans, revealing that the new BlackBerry Messenger app will become part of the Samsung Messenger Hub.
The BBM app will be available "soon" for Galaxy phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 across Africa, for free from the Google Play Store or Samsung's own app store.
The app will include BBM chats and Groups of up to 30 people.
BlackBerry is yet to
- Published on 31 July 2013
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's MDC says President Robert Mugabe's Zanu PF aided by the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) and Chinese allies has worked up a plan to cripple Internet services as the country votes today.
MDC spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, told a press briefing yesterday that Zimbabwe's feared spy service is behind the slowdown and in some cases unavailability of mobile Internet services.
"State apparatus have been interfering with mobile phones as
- Published on 26 July 2013
THE Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Potraz) has reportedly banned bulk text messages from international gateways until after the July 31 poll.
Media and information project Kubatana.net confirmed the development yesterday, adding that it had over the years sent bulk messages without any restrictions.
"However in the run-up to Zimbabwe's 2013 election, our ability to send bulk text messages has been blocked. We have been informed by Econet that their regulator