OneFusion’s NEW New Bundles. The First Right Steps Towards Better Mobile Internet

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Advertized as Super Data, OneFusion has rethought their content bundle offering. Let’s get the quick stats out of the way:

  • Facebook and Twitter bundles have been erased from OneFusion
  • Real Data has been bumped up
  • So has On Net minutes
  • As well as SMSs
  • But valid for 21 days (OneFusion 3, 5 and 10)

My main interest is in the data front where on our Twitter some of you have been fuming acid and lava over the imminent extinction of the Facebook and Twitter bundles segment of OneFusion. I personally feel they are taking the right steps forward. HOLD ON with the pitch forks and torches and let me tell you a story.

My first mobile internet experience was back in 2010. Yes this is when I got my first cellular cellphone which could open the Google page in it’s browser…and literally…that was it. Felt like a huge achievement too.

Internet back then was a trouser troubling $1 for 10MB and as much as it was half a peanut, you could do quite a lot with it on a feature phone. I could last a week on Mxit!

I do have to admit it was very expensive browsing the internet for all those who were privileged enough to own and use smartphones during this time. I heard their cries and man am I glad I couldn’t afford one then.

Then MNOs started dishing out a handful of Social Media Bundles after our early cries for data to fall. Yes they started with just WhatsApp bundles and later on Facebook and then Twitter which was a good story for the majority of mobile internet users in Zimbabwe who had ordained those platforms to be their communication tools. Why? Because when the pocket speaks all you can do is understand.

Life was good at face value but not many people realized how this was leading the whole nation astray regarding our perception of the internet.

WhatsApp is internet. Internet never lies

So the only internet we could afford thanks to social media bundles was WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook. As such anything shared on these platforms was considered news, law, truth, order you name it. Exhibit A:

1. say your name ten times.
2. say your mum’s name five times.
3. say your crush’s name three times
4. send this to 15 ppl
If you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday.
But if you read this and ignore it, then you will have very bad luck

See that there? How many times have 10 of your friends and relatives sent you the same message like this. I would lose my mind. However it was not their fault at all. They got it from the internet.

In Zimbabwe more people can access a smartphone with greater ease than they can access a computer. This means the majority of people on the internet in Zimbabwe have it in their pocket. Connecting via this mobile form of internet was and is darn expensive and before the advent of social media bundles all we had was $1 for 10MB.

The real internet was only for the elite. And with this bundling all we knew/know as internet is social media. Which is very worrying considering how very useful the internet in its entirety actually is. The skills that I have right now that are resulting in a positive change in my bank balance were entirely obtained from the internet.

Beyond our boarders we have this buzz that went around just a little while ago called Net Neutrality. Basically its what we have been subjected to all this time by our MNOs and in its most simplest definition it is treating all internet the same. The way social media bundles are being treated should be the same way internet bundles should be treated but alas real internet is costing a hefty premium compared to a small part of it which is social media.

Social Media Bundles were a shot in the foot

As a wild thought it doesn’t look like the MNOs have any benefit from charging less for social media and more for the internet. I mean I might be wrong but at the end of the day MNOs pay for the amount of DATA transferred regardless of it being social media or internet.

In fact it seems like it was a silly move considering that the more the internet is open, the more data the average person will consume. Ultimately the more useful the internet is to someone the more cash they will be willing to spend on it.

I mean show of hands/comments all those who would buy daily data bundles so they look for something of value on the internet. I am positive a healthy sum of Zimbos buy a daily data bundle that they all wish could last more than 24hrs. And NetOne saw that…or at least I think they did, and it only makes sense why you would do it. I’m getting more value that I potentially am willing to spend even more wealth on.

Back to #SuperData

OneFusion Super Data Packages

OneFusion BundleDataWhatsAppNetOne-NetOne CallsNetOne to other networksInternational CallsSMSsDuration
OneFusion $3350MB250MB60 Minutes8 Minutes107 Days
OneFusion $5500MB350MB90 Minutes10 Minutes2521 Days
OneFusion $101.1GB450MB130 Minutes40 Minutes5021 Days
OneFusion $201.8GB600MB250 Minutes50 Minutes8030 Days
OneFusion $504.5GB900MB680 Minutes125 Minutes10 Minutes20030 Days
OneFusion $1009GB1.1GB1200 Minutes250 Minutes25 Minutes50030 Days
OneFusion $15013.5GB1.3GB2000 Minutes375 Minutes40 Minutes55030 Days
OneFusion $20018GB1.5GB3000 minutes500 Minutes60 Minutes75030 Days

Revised OneFusion has touched all loyalists and some the wrong way. However in as much as it’s getting harsh reviews it actually is a huge huge step in the right direction.

One idea I could furnish our valued Telcos with is creating an app with sliders for Data, On Net calls, Off Net calls, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, SMSs and Validity period.

With these sliders I can just enter the amount I am willing to spend and from that I use the sliders to produce a custom option for myself. I mean maybe all I want is 3.152GB of data and 77 minutes of on net calls lasting me 33days and that’s it.

#DataMustFall succeeded?

Well not yet. But this is the most convincing move towards it that we have seen. We at Techzim have always advocated against bundling of the internet but rather for all internet to be treated the same. We are a tech company based on the internet and we see a LOT of potential in that internet.

For once you have reasonable data that you can use for more than 24hrs. You have access to more than just Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter and you have a whole loot of tools now readily available for you to consume.

We cannot run away from the fact that data is still generally expensive in Zimbabwe, because it is. But I do appreciate that someone is making an effort towards the bigger cause. Torches and pitchforks are welcome now.




  1. Kkkkk

    They should just scrap this WhatsApp bundle and make it raw data. Otherwise good move.

  2. MacdChip

    Looks promising especially including calling minutes. They however need to fix and upgrade their network so that it can handle demand.

    Long but good analys Edwin, you gave the history, present and future of how you view internet in Zim, which is helpful to some

  3. Dee

    The author is obviously not a Netone subscriber

    1. Anonymous

      I am and i totally agree with him

      1. Non

        What about the duration though, why can’t we just have the 30 days we once had.

  4. Admire

    I pray that they add night time browsing to this otherwise the only gripe i have is the Whatsapp allocation they should bump up the data and scrape the whatsapp allocation, or at least offer that option. In a busy month i use 40-50mb data on whatsapp.

  5. Non

    The bundle content is quite ok, the best any local MNO can provide. However, the duration is a bit worrisome. I still feel being cheated being offered such an offer, but only for 21 days.

  6. Giga

    Kkkkkkkk, Nothing is for free.

  7. Armstrong

    Has Net One solved the problem whereby when i download anything on my whatsapp, it is the data bundle that gets depleted!

  8. Chris

    They should just give us as data and we decide what to do with it.

  9. dubs

    netone is good at marketing but their broadband network infrastructure is poor especially in our remote areas where we live. Imagine we are still using 2g E network this day in age. I can’t even download a picture. Upgrade net one…

  10. Inno

    Honestly it’s a GD I dear bt the data is nw expensive & nw it’s fast depleting. U wonder wat is nw happening. This is more bad than gd

  11. Muchu

    Background apps have access to raw data. The whole point of bundles is to protect data from other apps and getting carried away with surfing the net or downloading files.

  12. Kb

    They have just copied the same structure Telecel’s Megaboost package has, I am not surprised!!

    1. Multi SIMMER

      Saw this coming, wanga uri moto wemapepa. Going bek kuTelecel zvangu ndonohwinha mombe for more value…

  13. dee

    ha…..bye bye Netone. scrapped 900 or 700 or so MB’ s from Facebook, then reduced whatsapp so as to add just 150mbs of data while also reducing the days…no offence but the article seems to be partial to Netone…pamwe makapiwa kambichana to advertise this as a development….

  14. mack

    If the data allocation for facebook and twitter had been allocated to raw data i would agree with this analysis. fact is they reduced duration, compansated fb and twitter with a measly 150MB, i think we have just been duped

  15. Ghetto Dr

    My guy! this netone one fusion thing is going to flop. netone one fusion customers where those who love Instagram, facebook and whatsapp and they switched to netone bcs it was offering a good deal for those services.. 350mbs of data on one fusion 5 was cool if you are an average user who use internet to browse important information like news and receiving emails.

    Now the net one sales are going to flop bcs no one will buy this new one fusion 5 twice trust me cs on 4g 500mb will not last 10mins if you update your apps and accidentally download a big file. as for me its bye bye netone one fusion. switching to fast and good services and customer care of our beloved Econet