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.