You can reach me on…or on…or on…

That is usually how a typical Nigerian gives out his mobile contact number. Its hardly possible to find anyone these days with just one contact number or using just one mobile network. Almost everyone has a working line on at least two networks while the active business man willingly goes all the way and acquires a line on each network.

Interestingly, instead of demanding better service from our first choice service provider, we’d rather acquire and haul around up to four phones in the hope that at least one service provider will provide sufficient coverage when we have to make a call, send a sms or surf the net. And in the event that none is available or they all decide to shut down at the same time as they sometimes do, it never makes the news. We just say “eeya” to cover what must be done and head out to buy an additional sim on a different network which is purported to offer better service.

Isn’t it time we learnt to demand standard service from these companies who have no qualms about robbing us blind with countless confusing tariffs? Of course it is! Who’s will be the resounding voice heard on the matter? Who will lead this seemingly futile escapade? Any volunteers? No one? Not even you? Oh well, until a Mandela rises up to fight for us, you can reach me on…or on…or on…

10 comments for “You can reach me on…or on…or on…

  1. steve
    October 10, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    It is more convenient to just buy another sim card than to be making noise when even NCC the watchdog of the network providers seems to have gone to sleep.
    Imagine my etisalat having no signal for over 24hours and no single apology. If I hadn’t had other networks, it would have been disaster.

    Thank God for the likes of Tecno with dual sims on their smart phones.

    • Temidayo Dick
      October 10, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Looking into the problem of service mostly just reveals a spiral of other problems like NCC which you mentioned. If the bodies in charge are lax, its a foregone conclusion that the cry of the common man goes unanswered. I’ll echo your sentiments- ‘thank God for double sim phones”

  2. October 10, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    The problem is Nigerian government agency set up to monitor the performances of these carriers are not doing their work. The burden is now heavy on cellphone users. a
    what a shame

    • Temidayo Dick
      October 10, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      A shame indeed

  3. Chucks
    October 10, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Who says there’s no good side to this network inefficiency? Without the network fuck up, I will have no justification to buy two expensive smartphones. The wife will eat me raw.

    Also, with the two very expensive phones, I brag in front of friends and make sure the girls notice the mobiles am carrying on me. 😀

    This network inefficiency should never stop o! 😀

    • Temidayo Dick
      October 10, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      Hehehehe. The silver lining of this dark cloud.

  4. October 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    Nice observation 🙂

    There is a minimum standard of operations expected to be met by these telecoms giants in Nigeria. ideally, these standards ought to be checked by organizations governing and regulating telecommunications services in Nigeria (e.g, NCC).
    Sadly, the scrutineers are always clamoring for high standards from the telecoms giants with a nonequivalent action to enforce these standard of services for better telecommunications.

    Who will volunteer? voices can only be heard and implemented through “NCC”

    • Temidayo Dick
      October 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      *chanting, with placards* NCC do your work!

  5. Okute Wonah
    October 10, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I guess we might need to stick with multiple phones for now

    • Temidayo Dick
      October 10, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      Sadly so.

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