Econet Hikes Price Of ‘Cheapest’ Private WiFi
Zimbabwe’s biggest mobile network operator Econet Wireless has hiked the price of its mobile data bundles. This has resulted in the price of the popular Private WiFi Bundles skyrocketing by as much as 225 per cent.
The Econet Private WiFi bundle has become the go-to choice for most subscribers who wanted unbundled data which would last the whole month. Before the latest review, most Econet customers opted for the 25 Gigabyte option which used to go for ZWL400. However, this option has since been reviewed and hiked. The 25 Gigabyte Private WiFi monthly bundle is now going for a massive ZWL1300. This translates to a massive 225 percent increase.
To put this in a different context, at the beginning of last month, one would have needed to convert US$10 on the black market to buy 25 Gigabytes of the Private WiFi bundle. With the latest review, however, one will need a minimum of US$25 to purchase the same package. This translates to a massive increase of at least 150 percent in United States Dollars.
Here are the prices which were prevailing before the review
- 25GB for $400
- 50GB for $800
- 75GB for $1000
However, following the review, Econet has removed the option for the 75 Gigabyte Private WiFi bundle. The new options available below are as follows.
|Data allocation||Old Price||New Price||% increase|
Zimbabweans have been outraged by the price hike and have taken to social media to let their feelings known clearly. In the early hours of the morning following the hiking of the prices by Econet, the hashtag #EconetMustFall was already trending. Here is how some Zimbabweans responded to the hike in the price of private WiFi bundles by Econet.
COMPARE & CONTRAST
Assuming that the widely circulating letter from Econet is genuine, they told suppliers to reduce prices by 20% from May 1.
Meanwhile, on May 5 Econet hikes bundle charges by 300% +. The bundles used by the same suppliers to do business. pic.twitter.com/WLpV75qb6o
— Larry Moyo (@larry_moyo) May 5, 2020
Zimbabwe lets unite.
How can @econetzimbabwe Triple their prices during lockdown
To add insult to injury they did it before the previously advised 5th of May..
ECONET IS NOT YOUR FRIEND #EconetMustFall#ECONETMUSTFALL#EconetMustFall#ECONETMUSTFALL#EconetMustFall pic.twitter.com/tyYMFoZeFm
— Papi Dray (@SirMutare) May 4, 2020
— BABYBOi THA M3M3R (@babyboi263) May 4, 2020
#EconetMustFall everyone is depending on data for work and school and you just chockslam us with a 1300. Nonsense. Adjust down
— pearl (@un_bother_ed) May 4, 2020
I’m here advertising for @NetOneCellular
Its cheap and fast
You buy a line and get a debit card, you transact for almost zero charges, all you need to do is buy your line for you and your whole fam(for convenience) and discard the econet one.
Thank me later
Anyway #EconetMustFall pic.twitter.com/Uh0gXYZRVg
— Lana_Leina (@ElaineLanaLeina) May 5, 2020
Everytime econet makes a donation they review their prices kutiita mapenzi #econetmustfall
— Pfuko. (@Bibaz23) May 4, 2020
— Tete Fadzie (@fadziemutwirah) May 5, 2020
— L O L (@nashaaroni) May 4, 2020
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