Android: Wrath of the Titans, or the Gods are not to blame?

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It is said that a picture speaks more than a thousand words. Here is a screenshot (name and PIN erased, of course) of a friend’s BBM status this morning:

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A case of “wrath of the titans”, or “the gods are not to blame”? Have fun, guys!

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  1. pls I still don’t understand, 20K or 20 naira? I think I saw this on twitter dis morning and the person said he/she forgot to change the APN. With that I know he/she uses either MTN, Zain or maybe ETI.
    This is where glo rocks. When you are on a bundle and you exhaust it, glo either renew it if you have enough credit (of course you can easily cancel the renewal if dont want) or all applications refuse to connect and with that your credit remains intact.
    As for MTN, the connections becomes faster when your bundle finishes and browsing becomes very sweet all at the expense of your call credit.

  2. It is said that a picture speaks more than a thousand words.

    Remember, some of us have graphics turned off permanently on our ‘phone’.

    Sting-o!

    So use more than ‘a thousands words’ –as necessary o !

    (++ grumblingly turning on graphics ++)

  3. @Andy, the way i avoid this sort of thing is to ensure i leave no credit on the phone with which i browse.
    I only put credit on the phone i use for calls. Inconvenient, but effective!

  4. 20k lost on a phone because of a data connection? Wonder what he was doing that he totally lost track that he’d run out of data?

    I wonder if he’s telling us everything. Maybe this was his libation to the gods of Android? 😀

  5. @ Gabriel – the way networks in Nigeria are temperamental, I’m too paranoid to even leave N1000 on my phone let alone 20k.

    At least the person knows where their credit disappeared to, but it’s not always the case.

  6. you have 20k on your phone and you don’t even care to subscribe to a data plan, is that a conspiracy theory against android?

  7. I wonder if he’s telling us everything. Maybe this was his libation to the gods of Android?

    He is certainly not saying everything. N20K is a lot of money to have in your account without checking your balance at least once in a day to know what is happening, with the kind of operators we have in this country.

    This is where glo rocks. When you are on a bundle and you exhaust it, glo either renew it if you have enough credit (of course you can easily cancel the renewal if dont want) or all applications refuse to connect and with that your credit remains intact.

    I don’t quite agree with your position here. With GLO maintaining different APNs for different plans and bonus data, it is very difficult not to go wrong with GLO. I have been bitten a couple of times and I certainly would need a very compelling reason to go the way of GLO again.

    And for your information, Etisalat also offer the auto renewal feature at the end of the Subscription life cycle, though meaning that if you buy a 30 day plan and exhaust the data on the 27th day, then your credit will suffer for the remaining 3 days before your plan can be auto-renewed.

    And finally, the blame on Android could still be misplaced. we’ve heard people complaining of lost credit on MTN network in the recent past, how sure are we that this is not a similar problem.

  8. True, Android has been known with data Glutonny so I’m not surprised. I’ve lost 400 Naira overnight before to Android, so I’m also a victim. But not to the intensity of 20,000 Naira! Damn! That’s a large pool of cash!

    I wonder how good ICS is in curtailing this data gulping? I know I don’t have too long to find out!

  9. (
    Etisalat also offer the auto renewal feature at the end of the Subscription life cycle, thoughmeaning that if you buy a 30 day plan and exhaust the data on the 27th day, then your credit will suffer for the remaining 3 days before your plan can be auto-renewed.
    )

    Well, i see no reason why it should be like that.

    If i have used up my bundle, i should be notified. A simple sms (as Glo does) will work the magic.

    People who want to closely monitor data usage have an overabundance of 3rdparty apps to do that. No dulling!

    By the way, Harry, the Glosecure Bonus APN has been cremated!

  10. not that Nokia has officially announced the end of symbian stylishly by saying no more Carla and donna, just one more feature pack update. We have no choice but to use android, data or no data issues or of course blackberry!

  11. If i have used up my bundle, i should be notified. A simple sms ( as Glo does ) will work the magic.

    They also do that though it might not be very timely, meaning some minutes after you’ve ran your data allowance down and some credit down the drain. Another drawback to their system is that you will need to opt out of your present subscription with a code before you can then subscribe to another data plan or wait till the 30 days of the present subscription has elapsed. They even send you a kind of SMS alert when you have used about 90% of your data allowance.

  12. @johnny – because they can 🙂

    I’m curious – how long do you have to be online to burn 20K?

  13. (
    I’m curious – how long doyou have to be online to burn 20K?
    )

    Noni:
    the answer is apparently is twelve days on Android.

    ”As for MTN, the connection becomes faster when your bundle finishes and browsing becomes very sweet all at the expense of your call credit”

    Andy, so you’re telling us that MTN’s data services are better when your dataplan is exhausted? What kind of absurdity is that???

  14. When my mtn bundle is exhausted, it stops browsing even with airtime in my phone and it wont work unless I buy a new bundle or reset. Glo sucks. Not only is it a pain to configure, some settings are for pay as you go while others are for data bundles. Thats just madness.

  15. Credit where credit is due, that’s one things I like about MTN’s mobile internet; once your data bundle is done it stops browsing

    Sounds strange but I find Airtel tends to run quicker once your data bundle is exhausted. And the amount of credit they take doesn’t necessarily reflect how much MB you have used outside of your data bundle (yes, I’ve sat and timed it and done the calculations).

    I often wonder if they throttle the data when you’ve got a data bundle?

  16. gloflat does not remove your credit. It strictly for data consumption. Immediately your data is gone, you are off Internet. I monitor

  17. 20k and his/she is ranting on BBM. I would have taken to d street tey tey clad in nothing bt my bday suit screaming bloody murder. Nonsense

    BTW 20k is a lot, was the firmware being updated?

    That’s why I RAN to bb, plan to get a TAB with no SIM slot just as an extra precaution.

  18. Ok we have been beaten about.Let me bell the cat.This guy didnt loose 20k gbam. error in from his calculation.bros calculate again

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