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New Econet Data Prices Spark Outrage Following Massive Increases
Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator Econet Wireless has sparked massive outrage following massive increases in the price of data.
It seems that many people did not take well to the massive hikes in the price of private wi-fi bundles which went up by 30 percent. The has seen the company trending on social media platforms for all the wrong reasons.
Below are the new data prices for Econet’s private wifi bundles.
|Data Package||Old Price (ZWL$)||New Price (ZWL$)||Percentage Change|
The majority of people in the country do not have fibre or ADSL connections at their homes and rely on Econet’s private wifi bundles to access the internet.
Unsurprisingly, many people did not respond well to the new data prices. They accused the telecoms giant of being predatory and of abusing its monopoly in the telecommunications sector to milk struggling citizens.
Others accused Econet of trying to sabotage the government’s introduction of the $50 banknote featuring liberation icon and spirit medium Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana, popularly known as just Mbuya Nehanda.
Some on the other hand accused the company of being heartless as it was hiking its data prices, at a time when the authorities are calling on people to work from home due to a surge in Covid-19 infections and deaths.
Below are some of the reactions from social media to Econet’s latest data prices.
US$20 buys 8GB monthly data in Zimbabwe, but in Zambia, the same US$20 buys 52GB monthly data.
Econet is 7 times more expensive!#DataMustFall pic.twitter.com/JqjJ0MTxWx
— Team Pachedu
So using the Interbank rate, 8gig of econet Data is now costing $25USD which we all used to buy for only $3USD…#RegisterToVoteZW amana pic.twitter.com/APmcYWbsJR
— The_Broqque_Liar (@SirBrainzZW) July 8, 2021
I sympathize with folks who compare @econetzimbabwe rates with regional rates.
However have you ever looked at how much the Government of Zimbabwe collects in taxes from econet?
Then look at how much regional Governments are taking from their local mobile phone operators in taxes pic.twitter.com/tOpM4kDqh4
— Hopewell Chin’ono Today (@daddyhope) July 7, 2021
Econet’s mobile data packages in Lesotho are also very cheap than they are in Zimbabwe.
Why are we paying more in [email protected] pic.twitter.com/fnxzlD3D0W
— Team Pachedu
Econet is using a rate of US$1: ZWL$200+ if we compare the current costs against the historical costs per GB.#DataMustFall @econetzimbabwe
— Team Pachedu Register to vote! (@PacheduZW) July 8, 2021
God protect us against this vampire Econet @econetzimbabwe ,,,, @nickmangwana, @Jamwanda2, @edmnangagwa, why econet is allowed to increase its tarriffis frequently whilst the currency is stable??
— Noby Chishy (@NChishy) July 8, 2021
— ©️i am te_ef
Econet haisi last born yeZimbabwe. Move on to the next dude
— Mosi-oa-Tunya (@T_a_k_u_e_) July 8, 2021
Econet used to employ indirectly through Ecocash Agents but now i think it’s just like other companies, ana Delta, Innscor, OK Zim are employing the same numbers but that is not justification for price increases especially in times where like these!
— || Vanity || (@Van_lty) July 8, 2021
In a statement, the telecoms giant said that it had been forced to increase prices of data due to the increasing cost of doing business in Zimbabwe.
“The bundle price adjustment is an average 20 per cent uplift across the board, and is essentially in response to rising input costs.”
“Our pricing review is designed to ensure viability of the business and ensure that we continue to offer a reasonable quality of service to our valued customers.”