Before two weekends ago, the last time that I used my Etisalat line was many months ago. Okay, you’d love to know exactly when? Please hold while I check my records. Everything here points to late December 2012 or early January 2013. That makes it at least four (4) months ago. Before then, I used my Etisalat everyday. Its only function was to provide me fast mobile internet for work and social. In terms of communications, my primary need is fast internet, not voice, and not SMS. EasyBlaze met that need once in an excellent way, and I had a blast. Then the epileptic performance kicked in. Eventually, a few months down the road, EasyBlaze 3G network simply disappeared from my end. Despite calls to complain, it stayed AWOL.
About two weeks ago, I put my Etisalat SIM back in the MiFi device to check again, as I do regularly, and found to my delight that 3G service was back. My MiFi device is permanently pegged to 3G, so it was easy to tell. I still had some unused airtime on the line, so I subscribed to a data plan and gave it a spin again. EasyBlaze is back and has served me quite a bit again. However, it isn’t quite blazing as it used to do. It works alright. It is fast. But it isn’t as fast as it used to be.
I depend on Glo and Etisalat for my data needs, shuffling between them depending on which of them is more reliable per time. While EasyBlaze 3G was absent, life was a nightmare. If Glo failed, I had no backup. I have 1.47GB of data on my Airtel line, but it is unusable because 3G signal is weak and GPRS/EDGE is a pain to work with. Is there anyone who gets a strong Airtel 3G connection at their end who would love to borrow my Airtel micro-SIM for a few days? The data expires on the 17th, I think. It would be a shame for all that data to go to waste. As for MTN, it is passable, but fraught with frustrations here too. It is good to have EasyBlaze back, as I now have a functional alternative to Glo Bolt.