One has four (4) active “3G” mobile internet connections – one on each network – yet to tweet or read emails is a pain. The most basic webpages take eternity to load. Emails don’t get sent either. Earlier this morning, a business contact asked said to me on Twitter that he had not received my reply to a mail that he sent yesterday. yet, I knew we had responded to that mail. Checking from the device from which the reply was sent, we found the missing email sitting there in the Outbox folder – the piss-poor internet connection has been so terrible that the mail had not been sent yet.
Doing Business Online
Before then, I had needed to make some enquiries online about a service that I required. The service provider was US-based and had a live chat feature, so I launched that and proceeded to chat. My responses took so long getting to the operator at the other end that he kept asking if I was still with him. Often, I had to click the “Send” button up to 40 times to get a chat message to go through. Switching between the four connections that I had made no difference.
Four lying thieving networks scamming the Nigerian people of hard-earned money every day.
I had tweeted a complaint about these services when a Tweeter contact responded that she knew a friend who maintained five parallel internet subscriptions. In jest, I had basically said, “Never”. My response and hers:
@Mister_Mobility hehehe! Don't worry. I'm sure we'll still be on twitter here when u get the 5 😀
— Vikki .????. (@Ogom) June 12, 2013
Here I am with four (4) – just one short of the five that she taunted me with. Yet, with the four, I am still unable to get most of my work done. Forget about uploading and doing other heavy stuff. tweeting and chatting is such a pain.
Not Worth Paying For
The last time that I did any free browsing on GSM networks was donkey years ago right after the introduction of GPRS. It was easy pie. But I walked away from it shortly after networks began billing for those services.Many subscribers have attempted to use Mobility as a platform to push and discuss free browsing hacks, but I have refused to allow it. My position has been to encourage users to pay for what they use. It wasn’t because I did not know that people were deeply pained at having to waste money – duplicating costs and still not getting good service. I was optimistic that given a little time, the networks would sort themselves out. It looks like I was wrong.
Perhaps it is time for me to change my position and encourage people to look for free hacks. One thing is for sure: I am convinced that these excuses for internet connections that our GSM providers are selling to us are not worth paying for.
To be continued.
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.