Down Memory Lane – Esato Proudly Nigerian Forum

The Esato website was founded in the year 2001 and was mainly targeted at Sony Ericsson mobile phone users. Part of the site was a popular discussion forum where users interacted and found help with their devices. At the time that I joined Esato on October 27, 2004, I owned a Sony Ericsson P800 and came across the site while searching for information about the device.

Old guard phone users will remember that the P800 ran Symbian UIQ, a fork of Symbian with a really superb touch user interface. It had a detachable flip keyboard, which I preferred removed so I could enjoy the full 2.9-inch TFT resistive touchscreen without hindrance.

This was at a time that Glo had just launched GPRS and the service was still available for free. Later, a tariff of 70k per kb was introduced towards the end of 2004.

Esato - Sony Ericsson P800
Sony Ericsson P800

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Proudly Nigerian Forum

We had a thriving “Proudly Nigerian Forum” on Esato in those days, a tight-knit community of phone users (both Sony Ericsson and non-Sony Ericsson) from Nigeria, and had lots of good times together.

I remember that one member then Ihejirika, actually came for my daughter’s naming ceremony. I also remember asking folks there to help give my wife a memorable 30th birthday. She got calls and text messages (and one MMS too) by the bucketful.

We even had one Proudly Nigerian meetup at the University of Lagos hosted by me and a good turnout. Angelgirl and Ambyzown were individuals that I remember getting to know at that meetup. It was fun putting a face to the individuals that one had spent countless hours chatting with online.

Running Out Of Steam on Esato

Eventually, The Proudly Nigerian Forum began to lose steam. I am not exactly sure why. I do know that I was regarded as the driving force of the forum, and I had started my first mobile blog, GoSmartMobile, the precursor to Mobility blog. That meant that I spent less time on Esato. There might have been other reasons too.

My last post on the Proudly Nigerian Forum was on January 23 2009. My last post on Esato was on May 07 2011 under the thread, “Your favorite Nokia model.” My account is still active, and once in a while I go to check for anything exciting.

Today, the Proudly Nigerian Forum is more of a ghost town. The last post there by anyone was on the 8th November, 2010.

Friendships Made

Proudly Nigerian Forum was wonderful while it lasted. It was where many of us cut our teeth with mobile internet services on Nigerian networks. That was where Brym and I met. In addition, I’m still in touch ocassionaly with CoolApostle, Ambyzown, AreaFada, EgunjeSpoilLagos AKA EnjoymentMan, and Tilly.

A few members from there have been active on MobilityArena, Brym being the most conspicuous. In many ways, it was where the foundation for my mobile blogging career was laid.

If you need information on Ericsson, Sony Ericsson and Sony mobile devices, Esato is still a great place to visit. It is a huge library of useful information. The URL? Esato.com.

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12 comments

  1. I used to hop in to the forum then but not as a registered user. There was a lot of useful discussions then concerning the operators and network issues. There were also threads for GPRS configuration settings. By the time the steam started dying, I had already discovered Nairaland.

    The main Esato also had a lot of useful threads. One section I frequently visit was the theme section for SE K750i. It has a collection of very interesting themes. It has been long I visited the site though I can’t be sure when precisely.

  2. Sony Ericsson is one of the best phone maker. I do have Sony Ericsson P990i. And esato is one of my favorite site for information. Good old day indeed. The lesson is that everybody and every object must continue to reinvent or else it will become part of history

  3. Ah, Mr Mobility! This sure brings back warm memories and it is quite sad that PNF died like that.
    I joined Esato sometime in 2003 while searching for themes for my SE T310 device and only discovered the Proudly Nigeria forum almost a year after. OluYom/AYA and others( Coola, Amby, Mamba…) were a great source of information and provided solutions to challenges we had with configuring and browsing on our devices in those early days of GPRS introduction to our mobile landscape. Such a great time we had then.
    Kudos to all who made it rock while it lasted.
    Yomi, it is quite surprising that we still have not met after all these years of interaction and several business transactions.

    1. Brym,

      That’s true – we have exchanged mails, text messages, spoken on phone, made purchases from one another, but NEVER once met. As a matter of fact, I have no idea what you look like.

      I could walk past you along the street and not even know! But I do think my wife has seen you on at least one occasion; right? 

      Kai! Technology!!

  4. Memories….. Sweet and yet sad….

    Esato is a site anyone with a sony ericsson could never have missed. You need themes, wallpapers, they are all there in resplendent colours. I was never a member of the Proudly Nigerian Forum but i sure enjoyed the site and benefitted a lot from it. I was with my “very expensive” Sony Ericsson P910i then.

    Memories… memories…. memories……

  5. No, she has not seen me yet. I have always sent an assistant or someone to her office to pick or drop devices.
    By the way, my wife thinks your Oliver Twist performance was da bomb!

    1. Brym’

      I see. So you remain unidentifiable. We should hang out one of these days just to break that lock.

      About my Oliver Twist video, yaaaay! Someone was still talking to me about that today and asking how I pulled that off. Good to have fans around! Tell madam that I am honoured.

      Cheers!

  6. when there once when I was searching for gprs workable settings for my sagem my X6-1 in 2005. Estato, I loved the name

  7. went there once when I was searching for gprs workable settings for my sagem my X6-1 in 2005. Estato, I loved the name

  8. I joined the Esato forums in January 2005, but i’ve been going through before then.. When I joined, I was using a SonyEricsson T310 (It had a wap browser & “polyphonic ringtones”). Just before that, I was using a SE T29. Just logged in now, It’s amazing that the last post in the Proudly Nigerian Forum was posted in 2005 (7 years ago).
    I really learnt a lot from the forums & I miss those days..

    Btw, @Mister mobility,
    We (@kehers & I) still call you AYA sometimes 🙂

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