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    Econet Introduces Unlimited Data Plans: My Thoughts on Econet's Unlimited Data Plans
  • Washington Mkombodzi
  • Staff Writer
  • Posted Feb 14, 2024
  • Living in Zimbabwe, where mobile data is a lifeline to the internet, has been a tale of ups and downs. Back in the USD era from 2009 to 2018, data used to be a pocket-friendly affair. But the introduction of RTGS changed the game, and suddenly, data promotions disappeared, leaving us with steep prices. Inflation played its part, making the RTGS prices lose value, and network providers like Econet took their time adjusting to match inflation. That brief period felt like a cat-and-mouse chase for affordable data.

    Econet eventually went back to USD pricing, stabilizing the costs, but the reality is, data plans are still on the pricey side. For instance, a 5GB monthly data plan now costs a hefty 9 USD.

    Recently, Econet stepped into the arena with a game-changer – unlimited data plans starting at 70 USD for a 5Mbps speed. I couldn't help but feel intrigued; it seemed like a good deal. After all, 5Mbps is more than enough for my social media scrolling and YouTube binges. However, a nagging worry lingered – would Econet's network live up to its promises of speed? Their track record on consistency isn't exactly flawless.

    Alternatives like Utande offer a similar plan. They offer a similar package for 60 USD, on fixed 4G and reliable 5Mbps speeds. I've tried it, and I must say, the reliability factor makes a significant difference.

    Econet isn't stopping at 5Mbps; they've got higher-speed packages too. There's a 10Mbps option for USD 99, a 20Mbps for USD 259, and a 50Mbps for a whopping USD 450. The last two are on the expensive side of the spectrum. If you're keen on subscribing to these packages, the process involves emailing b2bsales@econet.co.zw or dialing the toll-free number 08080700.

    As I navigate through this dynamic landscape of mobile data in Zimbabwe, Econet's introduction of unlimited data plans feels like a breath of fresh air. It's a potential game-changer, but the real test lies in whether the promised speeds will be consistently honored. With the dominance of the USD, there's hope for a drop in data prices and more promotions in the future. Time will tell if this move by Econet is the turning point we've been waiting for in our quest for affordable and reliable internet access.

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