I have never hidden my detest for those manufacturers/developers/service providers who snob us as a country. I don’t care about all that media hype about “Nigeria’s reputation”. It is mostly hype. Corruption is more severe and widespread in several other countries that don’t get to make headline news.
Back to mobile.
Let’s take RIM, manufacturers of Blackberry as an example. Inspite of the fact that Nigeria has a terrific Blackberry adoption rate, and that all GSM operators offer Blackberry services, RIM continues to snob us as a country. The Blackberry Appworld is out of bounds to residents of Nigeria who want to purchase applications.
Same goes for Apple and their App Store. Then, there’s Google and their Android market. Some of our homegrown companies who produce Android devices are having to create their own app stores to support Nigerians who need to purchase apps. We commend the efforts of the teams behind Ovim tablet for example to provide an alternative to their product’s users.
I must not forget to mention that Nigerian residents cannot purchase apps for Bada smartphones from the Samsung store either. Another set of expensive toys that cannot be used maximally. It is called robbery, guys.
Of course, my current review of the Windowsphone 7 powered HTC HD7 brought me face-to-face with Microsoft’s snobbery too. I wanted to purchase an app, but Nigeria is not even on the list, so I cannot, though I have a legitimate VISAcard. All that UI goodness is useless if my country is not recognised and I cannot purchase applications from the Windowsphone Marketplace.
Rubbish. Pure bollocks.
Some may be of the opinion that it is a Nigerian problem. I disagree. But even if it is, we see certain manufacturers making the effort to connect with us, to support us. Users are able to purchase apps from their stores. Those connecting with Nigeria don’t have two heads.
If not for the fact that inspite of the nonsense posture of these snobs there are still a number of people who are fans of their devices, apps and services, we would have loved to completely blacklist those companies. But we are considering those of our readers who may love and use their products.
Here’s Mobility Nigeria’s official stand from now on – we will provide minimal coverage in terms of reviews of devices, apps and services whose makers do not provide official support for Nigeria. I am sorry, but this is irreversible.
iPhone, Windowsphone, Android and Blackberry users, we will support you, don’t worry. You will get just enough articles to help you get the best of your devices inspite of the official position of your device manufacturers. We will publish helpful articles, tips and hints, but we will certainly not publish announcements of new devices and/or services from those who snob us.
Exceptions may include devices running OSes not supported by the developers but whose manufacturers have official support for Nigeria e.g. Android devices manufactured by Samsung or Sony Ericsson.
So, if you want to use a Blackberry, Android, Windowsphone, Bada or iOS device inspite of the situation on ground, that’s your choice. We will support you, but don’t expect us to dedicate our time and effort into providing you new product announcements and updates from those guys. They don’t deserve it.
Of course, the forums are open to you to create threads about your favourite devices, Oses and services as well, so please feel free.
But if a company wants official coverage here on Mobility Nigeria, they need to sit up and repeal their obnoxious practice of keeping us off their official lists.
How can we spend our hard-earned money on products from companies that refuse to acknowledge us, muchless support us? And why would we expend resources in promotion of such companies and their products? That’s just crazy. Crazy and unacceptable.
Here’s telling those guys to go to blazes. There. I said it. Sue me.
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.