Sometimes last year – 2015, I was introduced to Spectranet LTE data plans & it was like the best thing to have happened to me since getting married (OK, that’s an attempt at being funny or trying to write like Mr. Mo.)! That initial thrill then didn’t quite last long and it seems like ages ago now!
You see, my office location then had some degree of very good Spectranet signal and at home too I was able to discover a vantage position to place the MiFi router for optimal signal. Then, streaming football matches and some other live events at relatively cheap amount (4k for 20GB night + weekend plan) was possible.
Then, out of the blue my office moved! Practically no signal in this new location unless I open a particular window, hang the modem on the handle and I’m able to get signal even though not with the speed I was used to, but I can even only do this when the office AC isn’t on! I got tired eventually and traded the MiFi and bought a CPE modem thinking because that one is big, it’ll get better signal… For where! Wrong move. Terrible signal at home and office… Can’t even hang on window handle again!
So I kept my CPE waiting for the day the elusive network expansion and upgrade will take place. In the meantime, I played around with MTN, Etisalat and the unlimited 1k BB plan by Visafone that I first got to know about from Mr. Mo’s post sometimes back. MTN network became frustrating and annoying so I decided enough was enough and (re-) ported to Etisalat (my second time of doing that!). So I was left with Etisalat and the Visafone. I eventually got tired of that one too cause of the slow speed, battery of the Blackberry Bold 5 phone, network coverage and the fact that MTN bought it (Yeah, that angry with them). Then I decided to give GLO data another chance after about a year hiatus. It’s been over 5 months now and it is simply bliss. Cheap initial data purchase + Innovative & Cheap Data top-up. So you said, what about speed? Yes, it isn’t supersonic but then, I have less need for speed cause I hardly stream anything again – I download to view later. The other basic day to day data needs is amply covered by the speed I get. If there’s ever an emergency fast download that I need, my Etisalat line can easily be summoned.
Then back to the Spectranet – they’ve finally nailed the coffin on that one with their absurd price increase without corresponding network upgrade and expansion. Comparing them with GLO that I use, N5,000 will get me 8GB on Spectranet but only 5GB on GLO, N8,000 will buy a whooping 24GB on GLO whereas I’ll need to cough out N10,000 to get 20GB on Spectranet and albeit with a very limited network coverage & additional load carrying! Whoever advised them! Or maybe they were about going into bankruptcy sha! But without customers, they’ll still lose out on the long run.
My Nigeria Data plan story definitely isn’t going to end with this but for the time being, make I dey rock my GLO dey go!