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Do you have any recommendations regarding mobile phones? Did you keep your home-country plan or use a local provider?

Lots of options. Buy a cheap phone there or bring one that is unlocked. SIM cards are inexpensive and monthly plans are less than $25 per month. - Sep 30, 2017
Bring your phone. Locally you pay double for the same phone at home. Local SIM cards are easy to get. Data on mobile phones is very expensive. - Jul 6, 2017
Bring an unlocked phone and get a SIM card in Zimbabwe.They sell phones locally, but I imagine they would be expensive. - Jul 5, 2017
Bring an unlocked one and get a local sim card. - Apr 16, 2016
Bring an unlocked cell phone to use a local SIM. 3G service covers most of the city, but there are pockets all over the place where edge network takes over. - Jul 29, 2013
Not much point other than SMS. - Dec 5, 2008
They don't work well for calling, mostly we use them for texting you will need one. Bring one with you if easy to do. SIM cards are available on open market. - Sep 26, 2008