Weeks ago, MobilityNigeria.com reported that with Celtel Nigeria’s rebranding to Zain, the mobile operator stated that WAP over GPRS service was restricted to post-paid subscribers only. That statement is still on the Zain Nigeria website.
But the reality on ground is that for whatever reason, prepaid lines are still being activated for WAP over GPRS and are indeed still browsing. However, the tariff is not clear, as we got a mixed bag of results. Of course, former Celtel’s GPRS billing platform was legendary for arbitary failures and billings.
Our monitoring also confirms that 3G is now available on the Zain network in a few scattered locations across Lagos and Abuja.
We hope that Zain does something about the erratic GPRS billing system and then officially throws its data services (GPRS, EDGE and 3G) open to all subscribers in the manner that MTN and GloMobile have.
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.