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Econet vs NetOne vs Telecel: Who Has The Least Expensive Data After The Changes

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So “smart data bouquets” are now official and that means we can compare all 3 mobile networks to see who has the best offering. We had already made a comparison between NetOne and Telecel as they announced the new prices last week.

Anyway, let’s get right into it. We will be comparing the daily, weekly and monthly bundles as those are the easiest to compare.

Daily bundles

Bundles have always been a bit difficult to compare because of the variations in price and data to go along with those packages. The most convenient way to compare was to compare the ranges of the packages. That means we compared the pricing range for each bundle from every network along with the range of data you’re getting from each. There are also images for each package.

Network Price of bundle Data (MB/GB) Validity
Econet $1 – $8 40MB – 2GB 24hrs
NetOne $1 – $3 42MB – 150MB 24hrs
Telecel $0.50 – $3 30MB – 130MB 24hrs

Most consumers thought data was already expensive (which might not have been the case), will no doubt be livid with these prices. $5 would get you at least a couple of gigs in 24 hours but outside Econet, it’s no longer an option and with Econet, it only gets you a gig.

Weekly bundles

Network Price of bundle Data (MB/GB) Validity
Econet $0.90 – $20 25MB – 700MB 7 days
NetOne $1 – $10 36MB – 500MB 7 days
Telecel $3 – $5 200MB – 320MB 7 days

Monthly bundles

Network Price of bundle Data (MB/GB) Validity
Econet $0.90 – $100 20MB – 3.1GB 30 days
NetOne $0.50 – $50 14MB – 2GB 30 days
Telecel $10 – $75 650MB – 5GB 30 days

Amongst all packages, it’s hard to see which one is cheaper and it feels like an exercise in futility as most subscribers will feel all of the packages are expensive.

Unfortunately for mobile networks (and the consumers), their main expenses are in acquired forex (infrastructure and bandwidth). As the RTGS/bond or whatever has weakened against “mari chaiyo chaiyo” (USD), the mobile network operators have suffered. Now it’s time for subscribers to also suffer as a result…


Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, a subsidiary of Econet Wireless International, is the first and largest mobile network services provider in Zimbabwe. The telecoms giant became popular with its products and services such as Buddie. It has established branches in different corners of the country and enjoys… Read More About Econet

NetOne Zimbabwe was the first mobile phone operator in Zimbabwe, the company was launched in 1996. The company is a privately owned company in which the Zimbabwe government has a stake and was formed as a subsidiary of the Posts and Telecommunications. Corporation (PTC). Service… Read More About NetOne

Telecel Zimbabwe is a telecommunications services provider with most of its services in the mobile cellular network services. The company is owned jointly by the Empowerment Corporation (40%) and Vimpelcom (60%), one of the largest telecoms companies in the world. In Zimbabwe, Telecel is the… Read More About Telecel

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