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Which is the best mobile data deal in Uganda this 2020?

Which is the best mobile data deal in Uganda this 2020?

In the world today, data is the way to go and internet connectivity is the key driver. The world revolves around it and demand for fast and reliable internet is increasing by the day. Of course, as the demand gets higher, the next point of consideration becomes quality and affordability. The price of data bundles in prices has been, on average, fair to go with.

We have at least gotten used to getting an internet bundle for as low as UGX 250, but the questions that come up as you purchase are: how much data can you get out of it and how much use can you make of this? A number of innovations such as the MTN Freedom bundles, Airtel’s My Pakalast data bundles, as well as Africell’s revised data bundles are all in place to make a choice from.

During the launch of their New Chapter, Neeraj Gala – the Africell Chief Commercial Officer, affirmed the company’s commitment to offer customers consistent delivery of quality data at an affordable price.

“The New Chapter strategy is hinged on ensuring our customers enjoy the best value in terms of service and affordability. These bundles were designed with that mind-set and we remain committed on giving our customers the best value for their money.”

2020 Daily Data bundles prices in Uganda

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Something new on the scene is the unlimited daily bundle introduced by Africell. We have been used to daily packages that have a limit to them, with much of the usage being reserved to how much of the bundle you have left to use.

At UGX 20,000 you get to surf your self out the entire day. Africell has also boosted its bundles to be above the other competition offers when it comes to how much you get for the price paid.

2020 Weekly Data bundles prices in Uganda

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If your choice is the weekly data marathons, you have the best to choose from. MTN Uganda has the fewest options, with only three offers, while Airtel and Africell have a broader package with 6 and 5 offers respectively.

2020 Monthly Data bundles prices in Uganda

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Forget Google Instant Apps, here’s Huawei Quick Apps

Forget Google Instant Apps, here’s Huawei Quick Apps

The Google-Huawei divorce from last year left a lot to mend if the latter was to continue doing business. There were unanswered questions on what new Huawei mobile releases would look like without Google services pre-installed.

Towards the launch of the Huawei Mate 30, it was already evident that Google would not offer its mobile services to the series, despite there being a temporary lift to the ban imposed earlier. On the launch day, we would get to know of the Huawei Mobile Services, the perfect alternative to Google Mobile Services (GMS).

Now, the manufacturer has made public the availability of Huawei Quick Apps, the most likely alternative to Instant Apps from Google. Quick Apps has been built to be a gap-filler for Google’s Instant Apps framework, while offering  users an installation-free app experience on Huawei’s smartphones.

As has been the case with Instant Apps, Quick Apps wants to make users less reluctant when choosing to install an app.

What’s the big deal with Quick Apps?

Ease of access: You can get Google’s Instant Apps strictly through a deeplink URL and through the Google Play Store. But Huawei widens the access to Quick Apps to more options such as through the Huawei AppGallery, through Search, Instant Access, Smart Care, through the Huawei Quick App Center app, and through deeplink URLs.

Ease of use: Huawei has made Quick Apps easy to open instantly, and be used without having to install. Huawei also claims that they can update automatically, and take up limited storage space. When closed, you can rediscover them easily through the home screen icon, or find them through Recently Used apps, or through Push notifications.

Fast build: The time actually involved in building a Quick App or Quick Game is really quick. If you already have an existing H5 app or game, you can have a Quick App or Game up and running within an hour. The timeframe expands by two more days if you wish to incorporate Huawei’s account or payment services. Huawei claims that new Quick Apps can be developed and released in as early as under a week.

The downside of Huawei Quick Apps

If your app/game is very large in size, there is a loss in performance that becomes apparent because of the larger reduction in the volume of the package. Also, if your app relies on some rarely used APIs, you will be unable to migrate completely in a clean fashion.

Huawei also notes that apps that require special permissions, such as theme APKs for example, are not supported through the Quick App format.

Quick Apps also need to run on the “Quick Application Center” platform, which will be preloaded on devices through their Android 10 updates. Devices not on Android 9 need to download and install the platform once to be able to run Quick Apps.

Which phones can run Huawei Quick Apps?

All Huawei smartphone launched after the Huawei Mate 30 directly support Quick Apps, while other selected Huawei and Honor devices will support it when they receive their Android 10 update.

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Facebook puts plans for ads in WhatsApp on hold

Facebook puts plans for ads in WhatsApp on hold

For all the fears we had that Facebook could initiate the presence of ads in WhatsApp, the verdict is now clear. It is highly reported that the company will not go on with the plan, as reported by WSJ.

Over the past months, WhatsApp was doing its best to find out how to integrate ads into the service and there was a likelihood that this would take effect this year .

Initially, WhatsApp was making money off download fees and a then $0.99 annual subscription, but the service became free to use upon Facebook acquiring it. The parent company would later unveil plans to generate more revenue from the app with the option of selling ads.

Lest we forget, this is one of the reasons app founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton decided to resign from the company. WSJ reports that these two, in 2016, changed WhatsApp’s terms of service to explicitly forbid displaying ads in the app.

Probably the bigger concern was that a commercial messaging feature would force WhatsApp to weaken its end-to-end encryption.

Actually, as of last May, Facebook officially unveiled prototypes for ads in its Status feature, where one can spot ads in between status views. But all has been put to rest.

Much as the plans to introduce ads to Status could be implemented at a later time, the focus for now shall be on building out money-making features that let “businesses communicate with customers and better manage those interactions”.

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Lycamobile officially launches in Uganda

Lycamobile officially launches in Uganda

Over a year ago, rumour around town was that a new telco – Lycamobile – was to make its way into the Ugandan market. At the time, without any much change witnessed since then, the industry was umbrella-d by the existence of MTN Uganda, Airtel and Africell as the top telecom companies in the respective order.

It is now official, Lycamobile is now in Uganda! The mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which has been in and about the global telecommunications scene for more than a decade, will run on the 072 prefix code.

Just so you know: An MVNO is a wireless communications services provider that does not own the wireless network infrastructure over which it provides services to its customers.

The new telco boasts of existence in over 20 countries, including Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, Sweden, Australia, Spain, Italy, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In Africa, Uganda is the third market after South Africa and Tunisia.

As an MVNO, how will Lycamobile operate?

We are likely to see Lycamobile forming a partnership with Tangerine, an internet service provider, to offer voice and data services in Uganda. With existence in Kampala, Wakiso , and Mukono, Tangerine is a good partner for the new telco in its bid to grasp an early market lead.

It is likely that the telecom company will focus only on 2G (for voice calls) and 4G (for internet users).

To date, Ugandans have found a darling in MTN Uganda and Airtel Uganda, given their reliable network coverage and mobile money platforms that make it easy to communicate and send funds countrywide easy.

To these you add Africell Uganda – that offers good internet rates, as well as the recovering Uganda Telecom. We can only wait to see what Lycamobile will have to offer in the industry, and how much success it will garner given that MVNOs have not had a success story registered yet in the country.

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YellowBird spices up ride-sharing with Car Pooling feature

YellowBird spices up ride-sharing with Car Pooling feature

As economies grow, and tech takes shape, service cost saving becomes easier to implement. Rising ride-sharing app, YellowBIRD, is revolutionizing the industry in Uganda with a new car pooling feature. This involves a driver picking up passengers that go the same way he goes, while getting compensated a partial amount for fuel cost.

How does it work?

People with spare seats in their car can use the app to advertise their journey and the cost per seat. The main intention for the drivers is not to make a profit but to have passengers that can be charged an amount to help cover their costs of the journey.

People looking for a ride can then use the YellowBIRD app to find drivers making the same journey and book and pay for the seat. Once the request to travel is accepted by the driver, they can chat within the app and pre-arranged the meeting spot before starting the journey.

Precisely, this is all it takes! The car owner doesn’t provide passengers with on-demand services. They will definitely go to the required destination in any case, regardless of whether he has fellow companions or not. All that the car owner does is to save on fuel and other travel costs but he or she doesn’t intent to earn money of it.

Since this service implies that passengers share a ride, they must participate in the sharing of a total ride cost. In most cases, the cost of fuel is shared between all companions. But also a driver can look for companions not for financial sharing, but for people who have a driving license. When there are 2 or more drivers in the car, it is possible to have a bit rest during the trip.

Is YellowBIRD car pooling a safe alternative in Uganda?

When it comes to ride sharing, safety has always been one of the main concern. People are naturally hesitant about sharing car space with a stranger. What YellowBIRD does is to have each member having pre-registered as a YellowBIRD user, and ensures that they also add a government approved Id to start using the car pooling service with the app.

After using the service, drivers and passengers can rate one another to further boost trust within the community and give future users more information about who they are travelling with.

The app also has a secure messaging service means drivers and passengers can chat before sharing a ride — to find out more about one another and to arrange practical details about the journey.

Benefits of Car pooling

The benefits are simple — drivers offset some of the cost of their journey while passengers gain transport that they might not otherwise have been able to afford.

Cost effectiveness — By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as: fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving.

Environment safety — Carpooling is also a more environmentally friendly and sustainable way to travel as sharing journeys reduces air pollution, carbon emissions, traffic congestion on the roads, and the need for parking spaces. Authorities often encourage carpooling, especially during periods of high pollution or high fuel prices.

Car filling— Car sharing is a good way to use up the full seating capacity of a car, which would otherwise remain unused if it were just the driver using the car.

Challenges with Car pooling

Flexibility — Carpooling can struggle to be flexible enough to accommodate in route stops or changes to working times/patterns.

Reliability — If a carpooling network lacks a “critical mass” of participants, it may be difficult to find a match for certain trips. The parties may not necessarily follow through on the agreed-upon ride. YellowBIRD is addressing this concern by making sure the customer who is interested on a ride pays the reservation and is billed before the trip in case he does not turn up.

Riding with strangers — Concerns over security have been an obstacle to sharing a vehicle with strangers, though in reality the risk of crime is small. One remedy used by internet carpooling schemes is reputation systems that flag problematic users and allow responsible users to build up trust capital, such systems greatly increase the value of the website for the user community.

Women Safety — When it comes to cab or car pool services, women safety is still a major concern. On this matter, we make sure to display the gender of the user in case the passenger only want to travel with the same gender.

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This is why the Africell new voice bundles are unbeatable

This is why the Africell new voice bundles are unbeatable

When you opt to get yourself a new Africell SIM card, which will cost you UGX 2,000, it comes pre-loaded with UGX 1,000 airtime valid of seven days as well as free minutes, SMS and data available upon your first recharge of the activated card.

It is with the new card that you get to enjoy Africell’s revised voice bundles that extensively offer a whole new set of affordable package. You can also enjoy the new voice combo bundles that get you on-net and off-net minutes, SMS, as well as data in the package.

All you have to do is dial *134# and get the package that suits you!

Let’s take a look at each and make a comparison with the competition.

Africell Unbeatables voice bundles

Africell daily voice bundles:

  • UGX 100 gets you 3 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 250 gets you 10 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 500 gets you 25 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 1,000 gets you 75 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 1,250 gets you unlimited call bundles and an extra 25 MB data

Africell weekly voice bundles:

  • UGX 5,000 gets you 350 minutes to call Africell customers
  • UGX 7,000 gets you unlimited call bundles and an extra 50 MB data

What does the competition offer?

There are a number of options that the competition offers but you will find it hard to refuse the Africell offer – probably the reason for the unbeatables name.

MTN Uganda already had a set of existing MyPakaPaka voice bundles where one can dial *160*1# to enjoy making calls and sending SMS messages to fellow MTN customers at a discount. Here, 60 minutes and 60 SMS cost UGX 1,100; 45 minutes and 45 SMS cost UGX 900; while 30 minutes and 30 SMS cost UGX 700.

Also, there are the normal daily bundles that customers find at *160*2#: including 6 minutes at UGX 500, 10 minutes at UGX 700, 20 minutes at UGX 1000, and 60 minutes at UGX 2000. These are the ones that the company is manipulating into all-network voice bundles.

Airtel, on the other hand, has a My Pakalast offering that lets you get on-net mintes, SMS and data customized based on your spending habits.

Africell new voice combo bundles

Africell daily voice combo bundles:

  • UGX 500 gets you 20 minutes to call Africell customers, 2 minutes to call other networks, 20 SMS, and 20 MB
  • UGX 750 gets you 30 minutes to call Africell customers, 3 minutes to call other networks, 30 SMS, and 50 MB
  • UGX 1,000 gets you 50 minutes to call Africell customers, 5 minutes to call other networks, 50 SMS, and 100 MB
  • UGX 2,000 gets you 150 minutes to call Africell customers, 15 minutes to call other networks, 150 SMS, and 300 MB

Africell weekly voice combo bundles:

  • UGX 5,000 gets you 200 minutes to call Africell customers, 20 minutes to call other networks, 200 SMS, and 200 MB
  • UGX 10,000 gets you 500 minutes to call Africell customers, 50 minutes to call other networks, 500 SMS, and 500 MB

What does the competition offer?

MTN Uganda has an equivalent offer called the Go Bundles. The daily offer goes for UGX 2,500 and gets you 25 minutes to call MTN customers, 5 minutes to call other networks, 30 SMS, and 30 MB. The weekly offer goes for UGX UGX 20,000 and gets you 200 minutes to call MTN customers, 50 minutes to call other networks, 250 SMS, and 250 MB.

Airtel Uganda has an equivalent offer called Kyabise Combo Bundles. The daily package includes three offers. UGX 2,500 gets you 75 minutes, 75 SMS and 75 MBs; UGX 1,500 gets you 20 minutes, 20 SMS and 20 MBs; while UGX 750 gets you 10 of each of minutes, SMS and MB. The weekly offer goes for UGX UGX 10,000 and gets you 300 minutes, 300 SMS, and 300 MB.

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Uber introduces PIN code feature for riders to identify the right drivers

Uber introduces PIN code feature for riders to identify the right drivers

As part Uber’s strategy to beef up the safety of its riders, the company is offering users a four-digit PIN code to assist in ensuring that they board into the right car.

The ride-hailing company is rolling out the new feature across the U.S. and riders will be able to use the PIN codes to identify the right drivers to navigate them as well as to ensure that there is no impersonation of these drivers.

This follows the death of 21-year-old Samantha Josephson, who was murdered in March last year after getting into the car of a man that claimed to be an Uber driver.

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Here’s how to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

Here’s how to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

About a year ago, there was talk about what could have been SIM card swap fraud going on in Uganda. This would be beefed by a statement that was circulating on social media, indicating that someone can hack your SIM card through a mere phone call.

The entire process involves fraudsters replacing the SIM for a mobile number that does not belong to them, allowing them illegitimate access to personal information and accounts of the original user.

The scammers use SIM swap frauds to cancel and re-activate new SIM cards to their names to target bank accounts or any other money transfer services. They can also access your call logs, text messages, online accounts, including email and all social media accounts.

The Uganda Communications Commission issued a statement, explaining how SIM card hacking occurs while also calming down the minds of citizens that for someone to hack into your SIM card they have to first access it.

How to keep your SIM card safe and secure in 2020

As the year begins, the commission has listed some measures to ensure that you have your card kept safe and secure.

  1. Establish how many SIM cards are registered using your National Identification Number (NIN) by pressing *197#, and after that demanding that any number(s) you are not associated with is blocked immediately.
  2. The Uganda Communications Commission also issued guidelines on the issuance, sale, swap and registration of SIM cards in Uganda, and a directive for operators to implement a verification mechanism using Short Code 197.
  3. Street vendors and agents are not allowed to swap SIM cards in case of loss or damage. Do not buy a card from them.
  4. It is important to note that SIM cards are ONLY issued upon the production of a valid original National Identity Card for Ugandan nationals. That means duplication only arises where a National ID holder is present, and part of the process as fingerprint biometrics MUST be matched.
  5. The telecoms are required to ensure that all particulars of the applicant, upon revalidation and issuance of SIM cards, match the information on the National Identity Card.
  6. Foreigners can ONLY be allowed to purchase a SIM card upon presentation of their original passport with a valid entry visa. For foreigners from the East African Community, where no visa is required, the applicant MUST provide information about the duration of their stay as indicated in the passport or travel document.
  7. Applicants who lost or misplaced their SIM cards must submit, together with their National ID or NIRA letter, an original Police document stating their case.

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How to save your WhatsApp chat history

How to save your WhatsApp chat history

Your WhatsApp chats are automatically backed up and saved daily to your phone’s memory. Depending on your settings, you can also periodically back up your WhatsApp chats to Google Drive. If you uninstall WhatsApp from your phone, but don’t want to lose any of your messages, be sure to manually back up your chats before uninstalling.

How to back up your chats

To back up your chats and messages, follow the procedure below:

  • Go to WhatsApp
  • Tap More options
  • Go to Settings, and then to Chats.
  • Select Chat backup and choose BACK UP.

How to export your WhatsApp chat history

If you want to export a copy the chat history from an individual or group chat, you can use the export chat feature. Key to note is that this feature isn’t supported in Germany.

To export your chat history:

  • Open the individual or group chat.
  • Tap More options
  • Tap More.
  • Tap Export chat, and choose whether to export with media or without media.

An email will be composed with your chat history attached as a .txt document. If you choose to attach media, the most recent media sent will be added as attachments.

When exporting with media, you can send up to 10,000 latest messages. Without media, you can send 40,000 messages. WhatsApp says these constraints are due to maximum email sizes.

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Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Ruth Sebatindira: The big task ahead for the new UTL Administrator

Following months of uncertainty on the future of Uganda Telecom  (UTL), amidst wars between the telco’s administration and government officials, a new administrator has been named. Former Uganda Law Society President Ruth Sebatindira has been announced as the new UTL administrator, replacing Nelson Bemanya Twebaze – whose contract expired in November last year.

Mr Bemanya, a registrar general of Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), was appointed administrator of UTL following the exit of Ucom Limited, a Libyan firm that owned 69 per cent shares of the telecom. He entered into an Administration Deed and the shareholders ceded to him all their powers to run the company.

In an application in which the Uganda Contribution Employees’ Contributory Pension Scheme (UCECPS) were seeking to vary the deed of administration of UTL to replace him with another person, Justice Lydia Mugambe of the Civil Division of the High Court made the ruling that Ms Sebatindira should take charge.

The UTL creditors were accusing Mr Bemanya of failing to perform his roles in regard to collecting the outstanding amounts due to UTL from government departments.

He was also accused of failing to find an investor who can recapitalize and operate the company as well as paying in full all claims against UTL within the administration time.

The Big task ahead

Since March 2017, when UTL was placed under receivership, operations have not been in their right place. There have been several efforts by the Ugandan Government to revamp the telco.

A strategy that included sourcing for competent investors, an extension of UTL’s license for 20 more years, expansion of the telecom’s spectrum as well as giving it unlimited access to the National Backbone Infrastructure has not yielded any results.

Even the sourcing of an investor from bidders like Afrinet Communications, Mauritius Telecom, Hamilton Telecom, Telecel Global, Baylis Consortium and Teleology could not offer any solutions for the company’s sinking.

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In June 2019, Investment Minister Hon. Evelyn Anite informed members of Parliament that government no longer had any control of UTL Operations, with no more access to the company premises for any audits to be done.

The company administrators, led by outgoing Administrator Nelson Bemanya denied all the accusations posed by the minister insisting that neither refused government from accessing UTL premises nor that they denied the right to audit the company.

This would set a series of events that ran over 6 months in which Ms Anite, the Administrator, the Attorney General, among others exchanged letters on who has the higher authority on the telecom company.

Ms Anite wrote to the attorney general to apply to the court for orders replacing Bemanya as the administrator of UTL. Anite said that government had encountered considerable difficulty dealing with the administrator and completely lost confidence in his ability to continue serving the role of UTL administrator.

But the deputy attorney general Mwesigwa Rukutana disregarded the request saying that the government did not have supervisory powers over the administrator. He explained that the removal of an administrator from office required an application by the creditor.

He stated that the grounds to remove an administrator must relate to failure to comply with the duties imposed on the administrator under the Administration Deed, the Insolvency Act or any other law or any orders and directions of court.

At the time of its placement under receivership, UTL had reported heavy losses despite massive borrowings. These were listed to be UGX 16.21bn in 2008, UGX 11.86bn in 2009, UGX 69.26bn in 2010, UGX 145.63bn in 2011, UGX 27.67bn in 2012, UGX 59.91bn in 2013 and UGX 229.51bn in 2014.

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