I got wind of news of a petition by Android users demanding for a special data plan from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC). This is quite an amusing development. Here is an excerpt from the petition:
Over the years , there has been this hue and cry by android users against the high cost of data on android. Researches have shown that android apps are ‘Data Hungry Apps’ which is the main reason for high data consumption. Nevertheless , the monthly cost of data plans on android is very alarming!. Recently, I conducted a survey on our Facebook page to find out how much android users spend on data plan every month. Unsuprisingly , the lowest amount spent by an android user was #2500 , the highest was #10,000 and the most frequent amount was #3,000 per month. Obviously this amount is unfair , considering the amount blackberry users spend on monthly BIS subscription. The number of android users is on the increase and we deem it important for Nigerian Communications Commission to hear the cry of android users by introducing a cheap data plan for android users.
For one: NCC was not behind the creating of the special BlackBerry tariffs. That was an arrangement between blackberry and network operators. Secondly: NCC does not dictate what network operators do with their bandwidth. Android users should be petitioning Google to do this, not the NCC. I doubt that this petition will achieve anything. The petition also includes the following:
Creating a special package will bring a level playing ground and help everyone enjoy and utilise their android device. If Blackberry users can have BIS and at a very cheap cost, nothing stops the telcos from offering android users same.
We Demand to be treated with fairness , just like the way blackberry users are been treated
A demand for fairness? Hilarious! The question of fairness will be valid when Google invests in the kind of infrastructure that BlackBerry invests in with network operators.
But what do I know? If you are interested in signing the petition, please click here.