What it feels like to still be able to browse after using up your data

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One phrase: absolutely heavenly! See that photo up there? That’s me deliriously happy. That is what it feels like to still be able to use internet even when your bundled data has finished.

My Smile 4G data got depleted yesterday afternoon and I immediately got a notice to that effect. But remembering what Smile officials had said to me about SmileON, their new feature that allows users on 5GB plans and above to continue to have limited access to basic internet services till the end of their validity period even after their data has finished, with some trepidation, I tried out Gmail. It worked. My tensed muscles eased a bit. You see, I was broke. There ain’t no money to renew right now.

Then I tried out Facebook. It worked too. I smiled a bit, then tried out Twitter, Mobility, GSMArena, and Instagram. They all worked! Oh; I was doing backflips in my head.

My Lumia was hooked up to the same Smile hotspot. So, I picked it up and tried sending a BBM message. It went. WhatsApp too: check. Twitter app: check. I threw my laptop in the air, flung my beloved smartphone against the wall, stripped and ran out into the streets dancing Skelewu! Oh happy day! Life couldn’t be better mehn!

So, what am I missing during this extended usage period? Downloads. Things that involve heavy downloads do not work. Like software updates both on PC and on mobile. If you do torrents and the like too, that won’t work during this extended period. I also noticed that while I am able to access the homepage of some sites, that is as far as I can go. Examples: tribune and CrackBerry. I can imagine that lots of news sites will be affected like this. Still, not quite bad.

So, till my 30-day validity ends, I still have access, albeit limited. And if I buy a 20GB plan, I get a 365-day validity, meaning I can browse free for a full year. *Downs some whiskey* Now, who can I rob of N17,000 to get that 20GB plan?


And yes; SmileON is free. You do not get a reverse or negative billing of the extra usage when you renew.

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  1. Well, it is nice to still have internet access even when the allocated data has been exhausted within the given validity period. However, see clause 4 of the SmileOn Access Policy on Smile’s website.

    4. All customers who are using SmileON will be allocated a usage allowance for the SmileON service on the following basis:

    a. To all customers who purchase a 5GB data bundle, or a Smile@home Night and Weekend Bundle, a usage allowance of 1GB for the SmileON service once the data bundle depletes within the 30-day validity period. Should a customer in this category reach the usage allowance for SmileON within the validity period, all internet access will be redirected to a landing page informing customers to purchase a new data bundle to continue using the service.

    b. To all customers who purchase a 10GB data bundle, a usage allowance of 2GB for the SmileON service once the data bundle depletes within the 30-day validity period. Should a customer in this category reach the usage allowance for SmileON, all internet access will be redirected to a landing page informing customers that they need to purchase a new data bundle to continue using the service.

    c. To all customers who purchase a 20GB or larger data bundle, a usage allowance of 2GB for the SmileON service once the data bundle depletes within the 12-month validity period. SmileON will be available for a maximum of 30 days. Should a customer in this category reach the usage allowance for SmileON, all internet access will be redirected to a landing page informing customers that they need to purchase a new data bundle to continue using the service.

    Also see clause 6. So there you have it!

  2. Ebi,

    They did say limited access, so those limits don’t bother me. I would be surprised if they didn’t have any limits on the SmileON service. The only clause I have an issue with is 4c: they give a user 365 days of validity but only 2GB to use for that long? Hian.

  3. Yeah, that’s where I was really going to; the 2GB limit on a 20GB plan. It simply turned me off.

  4. Yeah, that’s where I was really going to; the 2GB limit on a 20GB plan. It simply turned me off.

    Please don’t tell me you are in this just so you can enjoy this free browsing for so long after the main data allowance has been consumed. What with the frustrations of not accessing some sites or at least not going deep, inability to download or do torrents, etc. If you are able to exhaust the data allocation so soon that you now need to rely on this data allowance crumbs for survival, that will be the bigger turnoff.

    That SmileOn allowance is simply designed so you don’t get stranded when you are on the road or at inconvenient time to buy a new data plan, not something for the users to sit on while Smile should be doing good business.

  5. Yes Henry, I absolutely agree with your submissions. But I had a bigger idea in mind. It’s a lengthy read. Please bear with me.

    You see, I already use and enjoy the Etisalat EasyBlaze plan, alternating between the 6GB and the 8GB on my devices; remember the multi-device service? Yeah, that one.

    However, I am currently setting up a connected home project. But all the Mifi devices I have around just won’t cut it for me, I reckoned. So I decided a router (in the ‘standard’ sense) would do the trick. Thanks to Mr. Mo, I got the Smile B593s-22 router; it was cheaper to get it from Smile.

    But then, I wanted to also use Etisalat so I could just use my existing multi-device plans and network into my connected devices remotely. Since I couldn’t do that without some geeky intervention, a simple alternative would have been to also subscribe to any of the Smile Plans. Another problem!

    Smile does not roll-over unused data and I cannot extend the validity of an existing bundle just like Etisalat would do. That would mean that my Smile data would go to waste since it is my secondary data plan. That was the point of my thoughts when Mr. Mo started raving about how a router brought Smile to his face.

    When he extended his thoughts to SmileOn on the 20GB plan, I thought I could have all year SmileOn validity after the 20GB expires for remote-access only which was the point of this part of my project. I had my ideas on the hacking methodology to make that happen.

    But I have since found a way around all the limitations described above because I found out that the Huawei CPE B593s-22, the Smile router I now have, supports the WDS functionality. So I can still use my etisalat plan on my Mifi and extend that to meet the requirements of my home network using the WDS functionality of the B593s-22. I guess you can see how that solves all the problems.

    There you have it Henry, my thoughts when I made the comment.

  6. hi!pls how did you connect your lumia 930 to the smile router. mine refuses to connect. thanks

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