I have witnessed a disturbing phenomenon in Zimbabwe. Most people are turning to tablets! This is not surprising considering that cheap Chinese tablets are going for about $100.
However, I have noticed more people who make calls on tablets in public. Besides, they turn the speaker on!
In our tech group we discussed this and the general consensus was that such people are either show offs or just desperate attention seekers!
Why would you open WhatsApp on your tablet in a kombi only for you to shield it from roving eyes when an embarrassing chat pops up?
Besides tablets have use cases best suited to them not using them as substitute phones! Android tablets are just oversized phones with no extra feature to justify buying a tablet except the extra screen size!
Some genuine use cases for tablets are:
Yes, you may need a larger screen if your eyesight is poor.
It will be silly to show clients your works on a small screen phone! However it feels more right and professional to showcase your works on a bigger screen
Yes, buy a keyboard and walla you have a light weight computer that is easier to carry! Especially if you are a content creator
Well, its upto you to use your tablet however you like but don’t be a porongi in public with it!
NetOne revealed that they process about 2TeraBytes of data a day up from 300Gig a few months ago!
We did a few calculations and gleaned a few insights into the data! However these calculations are assumptions (calculated assumptions) of the goings on at NetOne in terms of broad band!
The main assumption we used is that on average a single user uses 10MB of data a day! Obviously some use more and some less but let’s use that figure.
2 Terabytes = 2000 Gigs = 2000 0000 Mb
Which means that……. If a person uses 10Mb of data a day.
2000 000 Mb divided by 10 Mb = 200 000 users!
Now NetOne may be having 200 000 broadband subscribers per time!
Assuming that each subscriber pays say $1 a week purchase a WhatsApp bundle, then NetOne may be earning $400 000 a month!
Going further with the assumption, NetOne may be earning almost $5 million a year!
However, from the first statement it means…..
300 gig = 300 000 Mb
300 000 Mb/10Mb = 30 000!
It means six months ago NetOne had a measly 30 000 active broadband subscribers per time!
This is some exciting calcs and we hope Telecel and Econet will release their data consumption figures for a compare and contrast!
Well meaning Econet sent an sms early morning wishing informing its subscribers that they will soon have a new service!
However, they mispelt a Ndebele word! Instead of writing ‘Livuke njani’ they wrote ‘Livhuke njani’!
Anyone who knows the Ndebele and shona language will realise that a shona person wrote the message!
Soon Ndebele folks grilled @econetzimbabwe on Twitter! Econet was seen issuing apologies constantly to an angry audience!
Even well known folks like Cont Mhlanga expressed his disgust and shock at such blatant disregard of a national language!
“I almost slammed my (expensive smartphone) when I saw that message”! Cont fumed.
Felix Moyo the NUST PR Officer also said he was shocked by the disregard of a language by Econet.
Econet has since apologised for this