BAD NEWS: Econet announces NEW voice call and SMS charges

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Zimbabwe’s largest mobile service provider Econet Wireless has announced new voice, data, and SMS (out of bundle) tariffs.

The new tariffs will take effect on Monday 7, September 2020.

Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has increased tariffs for local voice calls to as high as ZWL$6.42 per minute.

Econet has hiked the voice call tariffs from ZWL$0.0722 per second to ZWL$0.1070 per second. This translates to ZWL$6.42 per minute.

The mobile service provider also hiked data tariffs to ZWL$1.2656 per MB from ZWL$0.8668 per MB.

Strive Masiyiwa’s company also hiked SMS tariffs from ZWL$1.0980 per SMS to ZWL$1.6491 per SMS.

We publish the full notice by Econet below:

Dear Customer,

Please note of the following tariffs as per regulatory approval, effective Monday 7, September 2020.

1. Voice, Data & SMS (out of bundle)

2. SMS Bundle

Voice – ZWL$0.1070 per second

Data – ZWL$1.2656 per MB

SMS – ZWL$1.6491 per SMS

To access the new SMS Bundles

In related news, Econet recently hiked its mobile data tariffs by 60% following approval from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz).

Econet said the latest adjustment was in response to inflation movement, local currency devaluation, and increasing network input costs.

Zimbabwe’s annual inflation rose to a 10-year high of 837 percent in July, up from 737 percent in June, after prices of goods and services went up due to the impact of drought, foreign currency shortages, and the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

According to the new data bundle tariffs, Econet subscribers will now be paying $13 for a daily 20 megabyte (MB) data bundle up, from $8, while 100MB bundles have been adjusted from $42 to $67 per month. Econet’s monthly 8G private Wi-Fi bundle will now cost $960 from $600.

— iHarare

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