ZOL ‘Cleverly’ Increases Wibroniks Prices

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Zimbabwean internet, broadband in Zimbabwe

Even though ZOL trimmed down the cost of the Wibroniks equipment, that hasn’t stopped it from increasing Wibroniks subscription prices which will start to take effect next month, the first of May. And it has increased Wibroniks prices in a very clever way – it both repackaged and repriced data plans.

For instance, the 5gig Wibroniks data plan which cost RTGS $15 will start to be going for RTGS $29. Previously, there wasn’t a 30 gig data plan/allocation but from next month it will be there and it will cost you RTGS $89 (RTGS $89 is currently the price of a 50 gig data plan). Also, you will also have 20 gig data plan which is priced at RTGS $49. Currently RTGS $49 is the price of a 25 gig data plan. For folks who don’t have much moola to spend more than RTGS $20, you can choose the new 3 gig data plan which will cost you RTGS $15 (RTGS $15 is currently the price of a 5 gig data plan).

If you don’t want to suffer another shock of yet another RTGS $ price increase, then you better use the US Dollar pricing, which I suspect will continue to be where it is for a relatively long time. Of course, you’d have to check with the prevailing informal market rate of RTGS $ to US Dollar to determine what’s the cheapest means of paying for your Wibroniks subscription.

Yesterday, it was Netone that repackaged its data and voice bundles and now it’s ZOL that is repackaging and repricing its Wibroniks data plans. The new increased prices of Wibroniks’ comes just a little over the month after ZOL increased the prices of its fibre internet. I guess that’s the good thing about not being regulated by POTRAZ, retailers like ZOL can just increase their prices on a whim.

Frankly, you can’t blame ZOL, the general price level in Zimbabwe is increasing daily.

New ZOL Prices VS New TelOne Prices


  1. Rate Hike

    Ma rates avo ekupenga aya discouraging USD payments ndoakuita kuti rate rikwire aya. One would rather burn that USD on the Black Market to make a subscription. Mu street tikupinda riinhi?

  2. Anonymous

    Can you now give a comparison between Telone and Zol rates after this increament from ZOL

  3. Firefly

    i would rather burn my usd and then pay them just t think that 118 times the current black market rate of 4.6 you get 542.80 less their 295 i would be left with 247.80 so in a way their internet has become cheaper provided you have access to the usd of which i believe that most of us do so to me i think this is better even if you compare with the telone which sells their 222.50 capped bundle if you convert it the current black market rate their product now costs around 45 usd instead of the 89 usd so why pay them the usd when i can get a better value by burning it. That is my opinion anyways.

    1. Always off Topic

      The fact that there are two competing exchange rate systems is causing all the distortions, Zol’s pricing is based on the official rate, but Zim companies are taking advantage of the dual rates to increase prices in USD terms, those that are paying in USD are losing out because they are getting less data for the same amount they were paying before. The author has the gall to call this being “clever”. The situation is unbearable, it is clear that there is no room for two exchange rate systems, one has to go. Which will it be?