Without the Internet

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I first went online in early 2008 when my mum got free PCI modems from the now defunct Zoom network. We subscribed to the night plan and since then I’ve always found one way or the other the connect to the internet.

Recently, MTN, my service of choice for anything data started messing up and I was offline for a week plus. It was an experience that made me realize my (over)dependence on the internet.

I practically lived in my browser either on mobile or PC.  With the sync feature of Google Chrome I was able to carry over my browsing sessions from my PC to mobile and back. That one week was like hell cause I did everything in my browser and when I say everything i mean everything!.

I stream videos and live matches online, share WiFi with at least three devices at a time, catch up on my social networks and also take my online classes all in my browser.

That week sure was hell for me. What do you do when whatever network that you use pulls a plug and pray episode on you and you are left without the internet? How do you cope?

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Emmanuel Olalere

Emmanuel is a video blogger who shares his love of technology with the world. Check out his videos at Geekception.

0 thoughts on “Without the Internet

  • July 5, 2012 at 12:59 am
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    It could be hell when the networks mess you up. It’s like a withdrawal syndrome. Listlessness, severe agitations, tremors and goose pimples set in then one starts craving senselessly. That happened to me just last week when Glo on my Galaxy note went dead. I did the most senseless thing. Popped out my Airtel microsim from the iPad and with china made plastic adaptor slotted it into my Galaxy Note’s very narrow sim slot. It worked but to pull it out after the session was a problem. I forced it out and in the process must have broken or displaced a terminal. Results: Galaxy Note could no longer recognize any sim. I am left with a wifi only Note till am able to fix it.

    Lesson learnt in a hard and costly way. Never lose your cool whenever networks mess you up. Just smile and say its one of those things then carry on with your life. After all, we were using the NIPOST for communications before the advent of GSM. Lesson Two: Always have a handy back up alternate network and pray that the two don’t go banana at the same time.

  • July 5, 2012 at 4:09 am
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    I first went online in 1997 using a land line before migrating to fixed wireless lines and eventually usb modems. I have been very privileged to have internet access at a early age and as of now, I really cant do without the internet as it has become an integral part of my life. I use MTN as my primary data provider ONLY because I get HSPA+ on my mifi.

    In my quest to try out different internet service providers, I currently own at least one branded usb modems each from MTN, glo, etisalat, airtel,visafone, starcomms, multilinks, and one funny looking data card from reltel.

    The day MTN decides to go into plug and pray mode like they did a couple days back, I’ll just simply switch to etisalat.

    I remember in 2009, when there was a damage to a submarine cable, I almost went nuts and as deola doctor rightly pointed out:

    Never lose your cool whenever networks mess you up. Just smile and say its one of those things then carry on with your life. After all, we were using the NIPOST for communications before the advent of GSM. Lesson Two: Always have a handy back up alternate network and pray that the two don’t go banana at the same time

  • July 6, 2012 at 3:22 am
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    I am presently battling with re subscribing for my etisalat data plan. Finished the former plan yesterday and don’t know how I am going to survive today with data on my s2. If they are still giving me those error messages I won’t have any choice but to switch to my glo sim. Hope glo has improved on their data network though.

  • July 7, 2012 at 8:48 am
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    I have 4 sim cards,but glo 3g has never failed me,infact d best network in my place,expect for ones when it rained with ice that i had problem.glo 3g average speed in my place is so fast,i love them,follow by airtel 3g,etisalat 3g,mtn 3g the worest in my place,with full bar

  • July 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm
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    I lived without it for about a week, no big deal. In a way it was good because I had to resort to doing things I had neglected because I had internet access.

    I’m not a television person, but I had time to write letters and read real books rather than sending emails and reading articles!

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