Insurance in Uganda: “Legalized robbery” or just poor public relations?

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I must admit I have very little faith in insurance; I usually describe it as follows:

"Friend promises to pick you from work every day for 1 year. He religiously shows up at 5pm for a few weeks, but if you work late or it rains (and thus need the ride more), he will say he's caught up or something like that. So despite having a guaranteed ride home every day, when it rains you will have to take boda in the rain or stand at taxi stop for hours. You know how it gets when it rains in Kampala!"

My relationship with a couple of health insurance providers has been like this. They have paid for run-of-the-mill medical instances, but when it comes to something more serious, or expensive, the kind that you’d be glad to have lifted off your wallet, miraculously it’s not covered by insurance. Mostly because of a certain term or condition that wasn’t brought to your attention earlier.

The social media blackout that can happen when you travel around Uganda

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In Uganda we like to travel to our upcountry homes for the holidays. The long Easter weekend provides a perfect opportunity to do just that! We enjoy catching up with friends and family, and generally all the fuss that comes with taking a break from city life.

One thing you quickly realize as you settle in on your arrival at your country home is that you will clearly have to take a break from some amenities that you have become accustomed to! For example the President recently made an announcement on that as reported by Sheila Nduhukire on Twitter, so there is a high chance that your upcountry home is off the grid.

By the way, if you haven’t already gifted your family with a solar system, check out Fenix International’s ReadyPay Solar which you can even pay for in installments!

Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge and Gear VR now available in Uganda

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The Samsung Galaxy S7, one of the most anticipated devices of the year so far is now available in stores in Uganda. Samsung Uganda officially unveiled their new flagship device as well as the “revolutionary edge version” the S7 Edge this morning in partnership with Knight Frank.

Interview: Yo-Uganda’s Gerald Begumisa On A Digital-Finance Revolution

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Gerald Begumisa is the Managing Director of Yo-Uganda Limited. Whereas you may not have heard of them, you most certainly have used their products without knowing that you were. Yo! Payments gateway is used by many financial services providers and is the main focus of Gerald’s company. We caught up with him to get the low-down on their story over the years.

Smile Uganda makes foray into Voice territory with VoLTE service

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Uganda Communications Commission’s 2015 3rd Quarter Post, Broadcasting and Telecommunications Market and Industry report put the number of mobile subscribers in Uganda at over 22.5 m, resulting into a tele-density of 64.3%. These numbers have provided opportunities in the telecom industry but a challenging economic environment with a deteriorating shilling and raising inflation requires innovation to take advantage of them.

Sections of Internet users locked out as various ISPs face outage

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Fibre cuts have this weekend left sections of internet users in Uganda, either running on ‘snail-speed’ connections or completely unable to access the Internet.

Users on social media and local ICT forum, I-Network, posted various complaints, specifically about Africell, Smile and Airtel connections.

These are the top 25 Ugandan websites

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As we wrap up the month of love, we decided to take a look at the websites that Ugandans are in love with these days. You must be wondering how we are measuring this love! Well for purposes of this article we measured your love for these websites by the number of times you visit them.

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