Every time you dial *XYZ# to check the airtime balance on your phone, you are using a decades-old technology standard called USSD. For a very long time, that’s pretty much all it was used for, but now the game has changed.
If operators and suppliers want to take advantage of the growing online gaming market in Zimbabwe, they must address the unique characteristics of the market.
State-owned mobile operator, NetOne has ventured into mobile gaming. Although sports betting is very popular in Zimbabwe with approximately one-third of the population betting daily, brick and mortar are still dominant. This comes as no surprise when you look at the market’s constraints in terms of connectivity, data cost, mobile device capabilities, and mobile internet usage habits. That’s why Netone has unveiled a USSD mobile gaming platform.
So far NetOne has three games on their gaming platform which are One-Roulette, Pick N Win, and Game Wallet.
To play the games one has to simply Dial *360# from your Netone Line.
For example, if you want yo play One-Roulette:
1. Dial *360#
2. Select Game to play between One-Roulette and Pick and Win
3. Choose – One-Roulette
4. Select 1 to generate your roulette number
5. OneRoulette generates a number and confirm that you want to play.