Africom has been offering voice telephony for quite some time now, but it’s only recently that the company seems to be taking off, albeit slowly.
One set-back to Afrcoms success is the CDMA technology it runs on. Well, your Telecel, Econet and NetOne use GSM!
So in plain language that means you can’t plug an Africom SIM card into your phone and expect it to work! It won’t. It’s like pouring petrol into a diesel car!!
However, Africom has the cheapest call costs all round. We are not looking at dirt cheap promotion deals which can be pulled away any minute here.
At 12cents per minute for calls to Econet and Telecel, you really can’t go wrong. Even if you use the Mega Reloaded Promo from Telecel were you are effectively calling at 12cents a minute, you can’t beat the 6cents Africom to Africom rate.
The biggest set back to mass adoption of Africom is the “buy a new phone” thing since yours won’t work on our network.
Besides, Africom sells some very basic and embarrassing phones at a very expensive price!
I was shocked when I went to the Africom shop in Bulawayo and asked to see the type of handsets they have. I was shown some blackberry like phone.
When I asked if there were Android CDMA phones in stock, the lady told me with a straight face that “Android phones do not run CDMA”! Duh Africom we are not all dumb…. PLEASE! Just tell us the truth, you don’t have them in stock.
Then with my research I bumped onto this website http://www.redmobile.co.zw and they sell CDMA phones at exhobitant prices. At least you can get a CDMA phone.
The crazy thing was some ZTE Android phone which costs $285 whilsts it was running Android 2.1.
A ZTE Racer II costs $75 from Econet and a Huawei cost $90, what is so different from a phone that runs an ancient version af Android to cost so musc? A plain rippof!
Well, besides all these hurdles, I think Africom is a good network to look out for.