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    says:

    Airtel, good grief! They would have driven the biblical patient Job nuts with all ’em messages.

    Dear MTN:

    When NCC banned promos, I believed it was just the Airplane kind, you can’t believe my shock after I made a lengthy call and waited with a grin on my face for bonus airtime and got nothing. I’m a youth corper on a budget. Thank God for CPR though.

    Dear Glo/Etisalat:
    Haven’t forgiven either of you for the absolutely terrible and unreliable internet service. Anyway, kindly flash my primary line-mtn. If it connects, do let me know what dusty part of d house I buried you in.

    Starcomms

    I promised one of your staff at Bode Thomas that the next time I come to complain about your modem, it would be by asking pointed questions and wielding a flexible cane. Be expecting me this Thursday. Your modem didn’t disappoint…..it gave me a max of 5kb/s

    If I were too write a novel containing my sob stories about Nigeria’s Telco services, I would win nothing short of a Nobel prize
    In Literature for use of strong words and promise of violence (Starcomms *winks wickedly*)

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    I’ve bn working for 1 of this telcos for 6months now and i must confess,its been very funny. I cant really say much because of the country we live in but truth is this,whether we like it or not this people will keep milking us unless we speak out and protest it.

    Mr mo has a point when he says that we could pay more to get more. When this whole gsm thingy started we all can remember how expensive it was to even own a sim,but now the crowd is too much and almost uncontrollable, what do u then expect them service providers to do?!

    Anywho ncc has done 1 good thing and we expect more. As for me I’ll keep being a nigerian,evading and surviving with a smile on my face.

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    Noni ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    No eyereneID, I’m not convinced by this or even how long the enforcement will stick. The NCC are not renowned for their consistency.

    I trust the telcos to lie low for a bit. They will sell our details to someone who will persistently send us annoying competition, horoscope and dating texts instead.

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    eyereneID says:

    I’m pretty sure the ban is the biggest news on the telecom sector for the year 2012. Maybe. Good one NCC! It was high time the whole madness was stopped. At least one can have peace now. Glo would no longer be disturbing someone’s peace with those text messages.

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    micheal says:

    THANKS MR MO I HAD THIS THING ON MY MIND FOR A VERY LONG TIME NOW INSTEAD OF THIS NETWORK OPERATORS TO IMPROVE NETWORK QUALITY ALL WE GET IS THIS PROMO OR THAT MEN IS REALLY ANNONYING YOU JUST SAID MY MIND UPGRADE OR GET OUT AFTER ALL WE PAY FOR IT ITS NOT FREE THANKS ALOT AM WITH YOU ON THIS ONE …..WIN A PLANE THAT EVEN THIER GM OR MD DOES NOT HAVE I THEY LAUGH

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    Austine Ezemelue says:

    If a network is offering better quality of service and decides to charge more, that would be ok with data services. But when it comes to voice services, it’s a different kettle of fish.
    Let’s say telcosA offers very good quality voice service and I subscribe to them not minding the higher tariff they charge me. The quality is ok when I call my friends on telcosA (or they call me). What happens when I call my friends on telcos B, C or D (with crappy voice services)?. I’m subjected to the same terrible voice service I was running from. Everybody cannot afford to be on telcos A.

    Bottom line is that they should increase quality of service.
    Stop all this senseless and ridiculous promotions that cannot be accommodated by the capacity of their networks

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    Harry Echemco says:

    @martinkem:

    for me i have got grips with MTN with their 5x promo, the congestion is so terrible when u get the bonus airtime, without their bonus my calls go through without any issues but when i get that bonus it becomes a camel andbthe eye of a needle experience to make a call. am so happy it’s been stopped

    That’s exactly the experience I had with Etisalat when they introduced their Special Number offer, and I quickly realized that calls to the Special Number is always very poor, meaning that Etisalat probably have a dedicated limited bandwidth for calls on these numbers. I’ve lost interest in these kind of offers ever since then.

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    martinkem ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    for me i have got grips with MTN with their 5x promo, the congestion is so terrible when u get the bonus airtime, without their bonus my calls go through without any issues but when i get that bonus it becomes a camel andbthe eye of a needle experience to make a call. am so happy it’s been stopped

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    Noni ( User Karma: 1 ) says:

    These companies make money off of the average person, yet service and quality continues to deteriorate Some of those same people wanting to win a plane in the name of any diety because poverty is not their portion, should be demanding better services from the telcos.

    I’m waiting to see how the telcos will subversive come from another direction. And if the NCC is all that, why don’t they stop the telcos from selling our details to others who keep testing us similar idiotic offers that we haven’t requested?

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    emmaedeh says:

    sometimes I wonder what mtn does with all the make, in Dec 2010 the made over 420 billion in profit. this profit has increased year on year, and we still get crappy services.

    Mr mo I don’t believe we have to pay more to get quality service, sometime in 2010-2011 I cam across some info about a body they came to Nigeria to conduct a research on telecoms and they concluded saying that the prices where high and that contrary to belief of many, that prices can be lower and still gsm telecoms would rake in cash

    on the promo side of things, I just ignore them. airtel on the other hand barrages me with more 200 flash messages per day. the day am lucky the bot forgets my line is active and I have a peaceful day.

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    Harry Echemco says:

    Win An Airplane; Win a Country; Own The Moon, and other such idiotic concepts.

    Hahahaha. Maybe the next promo would have been: Win a ticket to heaven. I normally don’t bother about most of these promos because they hold little value for me. I did appreciate Etisalat promo around Easter period though, where you are rewarded with instant price of recharge card, pen, canned drink or T-shirt with the purchase of recharge card of N1,000 and above.

    This is a very welcomed development. Let the actual quality of services rendered and the competitiveness of their pricing do the job for them.

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    says:

    This particular ban is really a welcome development. Telcos promising you a chance to have dinner with the Queen just by recharging with N500, haba! This stealing by trick should just stop henceforth. How can you expect a subscriber to use a bonus of N3000 in just one day before it expires by midnight? I hope this will bring an end to all this insults from the telecoms operators. I don’t want double of my recharge, just give me quality service and stop all these unsolicited adverts,then I’ll be ok.We are waiting!

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    ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Nice write-up and a timely warning. Telecom companies should live up to their responsibilities instead of trying to scam users. EmptyHen is by far the worst culprit. They don’t try similar stuff in their parent country in SouthAfrica! A pity!

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    eye_bee_kay says:

    Great points there!

    And the amusing thing, for me, is that their is no better advertisement than providing high quality service.

    Coca cola can spend trillions on promos; if it is discovered that their product would cause cancer, or it does not give that satisfaction when you drink it, it is a waste of advert funds.

    If Toyota is known to make cars that fall apart like Lada after a few short years, advertising every minute on CNN will not improve sales.

    Therefore, promos or promises of mouth watering freebies from a network that works sporadically would have no effect in wooing people.

    they should just deploy resources to improving the network, rather than splashing money on brand ambassadors and similar ineffective methods.

    I admit it can be a chicken and egg problem. you need more resources to improve the network and attract more customers. But then you need more customers to have more resources from revenues.

    However, an Investor needs to invest more, first, to earn more.

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