Zimbabwe’s carrier Econet Wireless has launched a free mobile service aimed at reaching the country’s disadvantaged communities.
The free service, running under Econet’s YourFone brand, will operate in poor areas of the country, enabling communities to use phones placed in strategic locations to call their peers who own Econet mobile phones.
“The service will be made widely available across the country, whether in rural communities or urban areas. Not owning a cellphone will no longer be a barrier to communication”, said Econet’s corporate communications manager, Ranga Mberi.
The Zimbabwean carrier and one of the largest operators in the country, Econet said it would invest massively in improving access to telecommunications.
The company launched a new call centre service a month ago and has been rolling out payphones over the past six months in rural areas and high-density suburbs.