In all probability, you carry two connected smartphones. I see people like you every day. Sometimes, I run into those who carry more than two. I think those ones are a really special case well beyond the scope of this article. I know why you carry those two smartphones and run two different mobile internet connections on them simultaneously. Our networks, no? They mess with you too much. You learnt the hard way that just because you haven’t received any email alerts all day does not mean that you didn’t have email. Some times, it is your mobile internet provider messing with you. So, you carry two smartphones. Two connected smartphones. Still, I really think that it is madness to do that. Or if it didn’t start out with madness, that might as well be the end result. Let me explain.
Two smartphones implies two SIMs from different networks. That means two different mobile internet subscriptions. Of course, you carry two because you don’t want to be at the mercy of only one provider. Or maybe not. I understand that in some cases, it is just for the swag. It is your way of telling your business prospects that you are financially capable and can be trusted with millions of Naira. We will address that in another article. For now, I am interested in those who carry two smartphones for the sake of expediency.
On both smartphones, you have your services synchronising – contacts, calendars, email accounts, notes, social media accounts and more. For one, you are burning data at both ends for duplicate services. But I am sure that you also know what that also means? You get dual notifications too. An incoming mail? A beep on smartphone A and another beep on smartphone B. A Twitter mention or Facebook comment? Beep here. Beep there. Everything na double double…
Sometimes, you respond to email on this phone, and at other times on the other. Your life is a daze of phone swaps. I think that is a pretty good picture of asylum life. Sadly, that describes many smartphone users in Nigeria. I feel for you. Gradually, you might end up with a bad case of split personality. No; there is no research to back that up. I made it up just now. Still, we can commission a research if you want. After all, anyone can make research results lean in whatever direction they want. Or I might just be right, and you are gradually becoming the Joker or Two Face.
Split personality or not though, I don’t know how anyone bears the multiple beeps and the constant switching. I call it madness. Welcome to Gotham. Scratch that; Welcome to Arkham.