How Econet is stealing your airtime!

Would you like to learn the insider secrets to Making Money? Reply to this sms with the word MONEY to start your 7 days of Free Lessons

I recieved the above sms from 31110 and from its wording, nothing says this is a service I will pay for! The word “Free for 7 days” is as clear as the sun!

To unsubscribe send MONEY STOP to 31110

However, a week latter, my airtime started disappearing mysteriously and upon contacting Econet through 111, I was told my Android Phone is consuming my data! Howeverm, they said the would STOP the service within 24 to 48 hours

I then topped my phone with data off and still my airtime vanished! I told them so and they told me that its the service from 31110 that is deducting my airtime at a rate of 25cents!

I kept sending MONEY STOP as per instructions but the messages kept coming in and deducgting my airtime!

I called Econet again after a week and they promised the messages will stop! I sent them a twit and still the messages kept coming in.

So far I now have 40 messages and still the messages have not yet stopped!

I got the shock of my life when I called customer care yesterday!

This is what I was told.

” The messages are coming from a South African company and to stop them I had to send in money Stop”

I was told if you send in MONEY STOP as per the messages instructions the messages wont stop but I had to capitalise only the S in Stop!

So Econet sets upon us companes from South Africa to scam us? So they deliberately send fake unsubscribe messages so that you are kept locked in their scams?

Besides, they deliberately misword their messages with “FREE” so that you get hooked up! So far these are some of the messages I have recieved from Econet

“*****You are lucky****

Reply OK to 30700 0773 *** **8 you have been granted with a personal offer from Econet: 7 FREE Relationship Tips! Reply OK to 30700

That message is worded From Econet but their customer care told me thier are coming from “non Econet service providers based in South Africa”!

******Surprise****** Reply OK to 30600 0773*** **8 here is a nice offer for you from Econet: 7 FREE qoutes! Reply OK to 30600

I am not the only one who has discovered the well oiled machinery called Econet that is shamelessy stealing from Zimbabweans. Here is another article on techzim website

Another pissed off brother also wrote a letter to Econet/Strive Masiyiwa on their systematic way of stealing from the poor and then teaching their customer care agents to lie through their teeth. This brother also noticed that Econet steals airtime from ist subscribers and pretends its your smartphone that is consuming data.

You can read the letter here as it was featured on Southern eye newspaper

Its high time we stood up against Econet. Its high time Econet was shamed in public. Why should Econet pretend to be a God fearing firm when they run scams and theft syndicates in day light?

Even if they donate thousands to Capernaum trust and Higher Life Foundation if its from money stolen from me then am afraid Econet is just as ungodly and needs Potraz to reign them in.


New Apple IPhones to be unveiled on 10 September

Apple will soon unveil its newest flagship smart phone. Most gadgets websites have been awash with rumours of the new devices.

Of interest to us is the Iphone 5C which is rumoured to be a cheaper Iphone for low end markets.

Well these are just rumours and nothing is official so take these news with a biggish pinch of salt.

The Iphone is thought to have dual LED flashlights.

However I have never been a fan of IOS and Iphones. Feature wise Android beats Iphones.

In Android land there is quad core processors, Super Amoled displays and of late, Octa-Core processors. Besides there is Optical Image Stabilisation something unheard of in Apple camps.

Well lets not spoil it for Apple and Iphone lovers. The 10th of September is your day.

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Google and Android Fun

Google is realeasing a new version of Android and its named Kitkat a Nestle the name of a Nestle Candy bar.

You will notice that Google seems to be following the alphabet in naming their software versions.

We are now at K.. Kit Kat

Check the first letter of the alphabet of the Android versions below Android 1.5: Cupcake
Android 1.6: Donut
Android 2.0: Eclair
Android 2.2: Froyo
Android 2.3: Gingerbread
Android 3.0: Honeycomb
Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.1: Jelly Bean
Android 4.2: Jelly Bean
Android 4.3: Jelly Bean
Android 4.4: KitKat

We wonder the next version of Android would be called. What do you think the L will bring us.

In more Google news, there are now over 1 billion active Android devices the world over.

Well it means almost 1 in every 6 people owns an Android device.

These are breath taking numbers

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New Android version 4.4 coming up as Android Kit-Kat

After rumours made rounds that the next Android version will be Android 5.0 and be named Key Lime Pie Google went on to prove the rumour mill wrong by releasing Android 4.4 named KitKat.

To us Zimbabweans KitKat has no meaning but it is the name of a Nestle made candy bar.

We don’t know what this version has in store for us.

Below are the names of previous Android iterations and their human friendly names.

Android 1.5: Cupcake

Android 1.6: Donut

Android 2.0: Eclair

Android 2.2: Froyo

Android 2.3: Gingerbread
(this is the most popular version)

Android 3.0: Honeycomb

Android 4.0: Ice Cream Sandwice
(this is the second most popular version)

Android 4.1: Jelly Bean

Android 4.2: Jelly Bean

Android 4.3: Jelly Bean
(this is the latest as of now)

Android 4.4: KitKat

We wonder what features will the new version bring us.

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After purchasing Nokia Microsoft shares drop by 5.2 % and Nokia shares rise by 47%

Soon after news of the Nokia Microsoft transaction got out the investors reacted and this saw Microsoft share dipping by 5.2%.

To those who understand business, such a move is a vote of no confidence to Microsoft. The reason being Microsoft is buying a loss making unit for 7.2 billion bucks and as part of the deal Microsoft is also inheriting the more than 30 000 strong Nokia work force meaning low revenue per share to Microsoft.

On the other hand investors have finally approved of Nokias move of jettisoning a lose making unit and they happily rewarded Nokia by buying more shares which led to a phenomenal rise by 47 percent in the share value.

As an aside, this deal shows how poverty riddled Zimbabwe is with all this Zimbabwe has got diamonds nonsense. Imagine, our yearly budget as a country barely scratches $3 billion yet a loss making unit is bought for $7 billion. Zimbabwe, no Zimbabwes leadership need a reality check and. Imagine a single company Samsung makes all of $15 billion in profits and thats just one company in South Korea and Zim brags about diamonds that hardly contribute $100 million per year to the fiscus

End of aside.

Well back to the Nokia issue, I think Microsoft won’t do much to turn the fortunes of Nokia around.

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Microsoft buys Nokia for $7.2 billion dollars

Microsoft the PC software giant known for its windows operating system has bought Nokia for 7.2 billion dollars.

The former mobile phone giant missed out on the smartphone wave by holding on to their Symbian OS and that move so Samsung overtaking them to take crown spot as a mobile phone maker.

Nokia shunned Android and the world seemed to shun them for that.

Nokia, the 150 year old company seems to be good at re-inventing itself as the firm started as a paper mill, then morphosed into a boots and tyre maker and eventually phone maker.

Nokia turned to Windows as their Operating System of choice for their flagship Lumia devices but this move saw Nokia peddling a mere 20 million smartphones against hundreds of millions of Androids.

Microsoft will not be allowed to use the name Nokia as if its totally theirs and Nokia will not be allowed to make any phone labelled Nokia until 2015 December.

So Nokia may start making phones again as soon as 2016.

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Where have all the good phones gone to?

Where have all the good phones gone to?

I remember my first “smartphone” a Samsung Star. The 3 inch screen phone was perfect. You could use the phone with one hand. It fit perfectly in my pocket. I also liked the hand writing recognition feature it had.

The phone didnt have much bells and whistles but it was capable of almost anything I wanted it to do. If it wasnt for the fact that it didnt do whatsapp I bet I would still have it.

Just a few years forward, phones are now horror. Look at the screen! Its so huge, you can watch a movie as a whole family on it. You can feel the phone filling your pockets from seam to seam!

The battery life is terrible! On the Samsung Star, I could browse the internet and still get days of battery oomph to go by. Now, you can barely last a day even if you are on standby.

Talk about using the phone with one hand. You cannot do it. Unless if you have 7 inch long fingers. You have to hold the large phone with one hand whilst pulling down the notification bar.

Phones are no longer phones. They are laptops, TVs, Maps, I mean they are just everything it makes you feel numb with the sheer number of things you have to do on a phone. I am typing this article on a phone! Who knew I wouldnt need a computer by 2013?

I really yearn for the day when phones are phones not a swiss army knife to do anything and everything.

Besides that, phones are now show off gadgets. Step into public transport, either all the guys who have these super sized phones are holding them in their hands or, they are actually poking them incessantly.

Besides the Samsung Star, which other phone do you think were sweet to use?

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Send Free SMS hassle free to anywhere in the world

I saw a service that allows people to send free sms to any number in the world.

You can access the service from your phone.

However you need a data connection to connect. You also need to write down the number of the recipient because unlike you cant access your contacts.

However the good thing is there is nothing to download and there are no adverts that accompany sms as of now.

There is also no registration, just send your sms.

To access the service go to and enjoy.

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Buddie has extended its window “periods” (Dont get alarmed, its not the other periods though) on its Buddie Product.


As you can see from the above image, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe has decided that its now worth while to give you the following Window Periods:

For $1 to $20 you used to get a minimum of 15 days, but now you get an amazing 120 days irregardless of the denomination you top up with.

And if you top up with $50 you get a whole 150 days which is almost half a year. It seems Econet is competing on every point imaginable.

We hope this helps you a lot in these days where having multiple sim cards is all the rage.

If one Network drops prices, you shelf Buddie knowing that for the next 3 months your $1 will keep your line active!

For $2

NetOne drops price of dongle.

In news that won’t make most of us happy, Netone has reduced prices of its internet dongle.

Well if you have a laptop or computer then you might consider this offer but with internet dongles from Econet and Telecel going for $30 and $28 I think there is really no news for a netone dongle going for $35.

Besides, we are all jigging up and down on our feet waiting for the 4G Econet dongle that has break neck speeds.

Well you can trot over to netone and sample the dongle

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