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.
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.
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.