Around October last year, my house mate discovered after the expiration of his subscription to the one-day MTN plan that his line continued connecting to the internet and he was able to browse without any deduction from his account.
At first, he thought it was a fluke and ignored it thinking that his head was being screwed with as we have come to expect from the big yellow network. For a week, he browsed free. Then two weeks passed by. The summary is that till today he still browses free on that line. While I was in the hostel, I would take his SIM card, pop it into my modem and then I’d create a WiFi hotspot with my laptop where people in the hostel could connect to the network.
On football match days, we live streamed the matches, watched YouTube videos without worrying about bandwidth, uploaded, and downloaded at will. In essence, we got a very rare pass. Believe me when I say that we maximized it, at least when the network was good anyway.
This is not the first of such an instance that I am hearing of someone just surfing free of charge too. I am sure that some of you would have seen or heard of someone who just connects and surfs the internet free of charge too. My own question however is, Why does this happen?. Is it a problem with MTN’s software or a counter that refused to be reset when the original data plan expired?
If you have experience something similar or know someone who has, do share your experiences in the comments section below. Anyone who understands how networks work should also please drop a comment to enlighten us about why and how this anomaly happens. Thanks
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