It recently came as a surprise when NetOne announced another tariffs hike. It had become the norm that NetOne tends to delay reviewing its tariffs. Their review came shortly after Econet has also reviewed their tariffs. It suffices to say that things like data have become too expensive for most Zimbabweans. Ask yourself this, how many people can honestly afford at least ZWL$3000 for data every month? Sadly that is now the case – if you have less than ZWL$3000 you cannot buy a decent monthly data bundle. Let us look at new NetOne bundle prices and tariffs:

WhatsApp

Validity (Days)Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
   
13020
16050
710070
7200150
30300300
30675750
   

One Fusion

PriceOn-NetOff-NetDataWhatsApp
     
(ZWL$)(Mins)(Mins)(MB)(MB)
     
50015518090
7502510400160
150080601000360
     

One Fi

Validity (Days)Price (ZWL$)Data (GB)
   
30350010
30550025
30800050
301000080
   

This is a good place to do a comparison with Econet. Many people spend more time on the internet nowadays. Not really out of fun but necessity so these private Wi-Fi bundles are extremely important.

Here are Econet’s Private Wi-Fi bundle packages:

Econet

Validity (Days)Price (ZWL$)Data (GB)
   
3030008
30450015
30550025
30850050
   

What Econet has strategically done here is to offer the cheapest monthly Wi-Fi bundle. So this will most likely see some loyal NetOne users swaying to Econet for that 8 GB option. Econet has been offering this option for a while now; I wonder why NetOne does not counter it by offering it as well.

Back to NetOne packages,

Data Bundles

Hourly Data Bundles

Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
  
1251024 (1 Hour)
2251024 (2 Hours)
  

On the hourly data, bundles are where Econet is outsmarting NetOne as well. Their packages are as follows:

Econet

Price (ZWL$)Data (GB)
  
1171 (1 Hour)
1951 (2 Hours)
2541.5 (2 Hours)
  

Econet is cheaper and has provided an additional option. NetOne might want to consider this next they review their packages.

Moving on with NetOne packages,

Daily Data Bundles

Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
  
4530
11080
250200
450480
650960
7501200
  

Weekly Data Bundles

Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
  
4530
8560
220160
420350
750700
30005000
  

Monthly Data Bundles

Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
  
300200
650450
18001500
30003500
40005000
50008000
  

Voice Bundles

Khuluma 24/7

Validity (Days)Price (ZWL$)Duration (Mins)
   
2506
39012
517025
   

DAD – Dollar A Day

Validity Price Duration SMSes
    
(Days)(ZWL$)(Mins) 
    
11202010
22004020
348010070

SMS Bundles

Validity (Days)Price (ZWL$)SMSes
   
16.258
11825
13550
75590
7100200
7250500
   

25th Anniversary Data Bundle

This is a data bundle that NetOne recently unveiled.

Validity (Hours)Price (ZWL$)Data (MB)
   
255005000
   

Network challenges are now the norm with both NetOne and Econet. It is now harder to recommend between the two. I advise having SIM cards for both mobile network operators (MNOs) just in case. You will find some areas with a top-notch Econet network. You will also find some areas with a top-notch NetOne network. To avoid inconveniences having them both is the way to go. However, that might not align with many people’s pockets. That would mean purchasing data bundles for both SIM cards. What about when you never get to use data in the other SIM card? You see, the issue of network challenges is something Zimbabwean MNOs must address urgently.