For close to two weeks now, as soon as I get within vicinity of my residence, Glo network signal disappears from my line. That means that in my own home, I have been unreachable via voice and SMS, and I am unable to use Glo HSI. If I need to make a call on my line, I have to drive about 10 minutes outside of my home to do so. The last time I checked, that kind of thing happened way back in the early 2000s.
Yes; in 2001, I had an ECONET line (which Mrs Mo has faithfully used till date; that woman hasn’t got one shred of adventure DNA in her). It was our only telephone line back then. The gist is that ECONET network signal was the pits in our neck of the woods then. Our home was in a valley and to be able to place or receive phone calls, I had to stroll up the hill. Hunting around the house, I found a spot where – if I prayed and had faith long enough – I could pick the faintest of signals to receive a call, holding the phone up as high as possible and taking the call with a wired headset attached to my (or the Mrs’ ears). The reception was however never strong enough to initiate a call. I tried standing on a stool and also climbing the window sill, hanging on to the burglar proof for dear life. It was comedy extraordinary all the way.
But that was 2001 (or was it 2002?), thirteen or fourteen years ago. Whatever advanced location-based network services that Glo has recently launched and which now bars me from their networking in my own home is too advanced for me. I have contacted Glo customer care, but the situation has persisted. I am unable to imagine how many calls that I have missed, or how many friends, family members, clients and partners who may now be wondering why I have become incommunicado.
Tomorrow morning, I am off to Etisalat to have my number ported over to their network. Yes; I know that porting has its issues, but none of them seems to be at par with being unreachable in my own home. I will port first and come and tell you the good, the bad and the ugly about the experience. What is life without adventure and experiences?
As for Glo’s marketing thing about ruling your world, I wonder how I am supposed to rule anything if I can’t reach or be reached. As at tonight, I have had it. People praise me for having stuck with Glo this long. It isn’t my fault. I give a dog a long rope to hang it. Bar a miracle that happens while I sleep and the Glo network returns before I wake, it is adieu to Glo.
Pssst: I returned to Glo some months after. A story for another day 😉
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.