At first, the table Econet sent out to publications said they were going to be charging $0.038 per second which translated to $2.28 per minute.
However, Econet made a typographical and mathematical error. They are actually charging $0.0036 per second which translates to around $0.23 per minute. They have officially sent a revised table with a more accurate position.
Thus, the correct position is that from 1 April 2019, Econet will be charging $0.23 per minute, NOT $2.28 per minute.
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In order to keep everything in proper context and avoid confusion, we have kept the earlier article (with Econet’s error) in block quotes below:
Econet Wireless has announced new tariffs for voice calls. It has split its billing into per second billing and per minute billing.
The assumption is that customers will be given the option to choose what they want, whether to be billed per minute or per second.
Econet will now be charging $0.22 per minute ($0.21257). It’s not too far from where tariffs used to be. However, per minute billing means that even if your call lasts for 10 seconds, you will still pay the 22 cents.
The new tariff increase is with effect from April 1, 2019.
POTRAZ has not yet issued a statement over the move by Econet, as it is issued a directive last week that MNOs should keep the tariffs at the same levels.