They seem good, but that’s because everything else is so bad…
Last week Telecel finally released it’s Funda E-Learning bundles, completing the trifecta of all three mobile network providers offering cheaper internet bundles aimed at students. It’s an admirable move, one which joins two other from both Econet and NetOne and at least on paper, it solves the problem of students that need internet access during this pandemic. But well, does it? In fact , just how effective are these bundles in helping students during this pandemic and potentially afterwards? Well, we decided to take a look.
Now E-Learning bundles were first introduced by Econet , after we had interestingly enough just published an article criticizing how those bundles were an exclusive arrangement the company had with Africa University. These pretty much set the standard by which NetOne and Telecel followed where the bundles are only available for purchase through educational institutions, who have to approach any of these network providers first, provide a list of students or just work out the specifics of a deal, then buy the airtime bundles in bulk in order to distribute them among students. Again, the initiative as a whole is admirable, and we reckon it’s already helped quite a number of students stay at the very least capable of keeping up with their schoolwork. In fact for most people, single user use for these bundles, with only one or two devices seems more than enough for the average university student, with maybe only people like me, Computer Science and other ICT students, feeling they aren’t enough because an SDK download is already over a GB in size, and you might have to do more than one. With prices ranging from ZWL $150 for 9GB on NetOne, to a maximum of $350 for 20GB on Econet, the bundles also live up to the promise of being cheaper in the current atmosphere of things, though they’re certainly not cheap. But at least they reach they’re designated goal and are still a relief for any student.
|10GB(9GB For NetOne)||ZW$200||*ZW$150||ZW$170|