Data prices fall after hefty hike in Zimbabwe

The government of Zimbabwe has reversed a decision to allow substantial increases in mobile phone data charge. Hefty increases in data prices incurred the ire of customers.

Econet Wireless, the biggest mobile telephone company in Zimbabwe, had raised data charges by a multiple of 25, as per the new regulations from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe.

But Information Communication Technology Minister Supa Mandiwanzira expressed shock at hikes in prices and accused mobile companies of “gluttonous corporate greed”. He also said mobile phone companies had proposed the hikes.

“I have directed the immediate suspension of the tariff increases that were effected two days ago to the dismay of many mobile phone users,” Mandiwanzira said.

Econet’s cheapest data package, which came into effect on Wednesday night, gives users 10 megabytes of data for $1, compared with 250 megabytes per dollar previously.