Econet stops pre-paid international calls

12 Apr 2007

Econet Wireless has barred its pre-paid customers from making international calls, citing foreign currency shortages. Zimbabwe’s largest cellco by subscribers says the measure will help conserve the little foreign currency at its disposal for other ‘critical business transactions’. Managing Director Douglas Mboweni said only post-paid ‘Business Partna’ customers would continue to have access to international calls. ‘Business Partna is for corporates and business people and we feel calls from these packages would generate more foreign currency for the country. The foreign currency that we [have] at the moment is not enough to handle all subscribers, hence we are reserving the little that we have for business organisations…Individuals, from now onwards are no longer in a position to make international calls as they used to do due to foreign currency constraints,’ said Mr Mboweni. However, pre-paid users can still send SMS messages to international networks.