It’s too good to be true. Who wouldn’t dump his or her present network and go for this? My simple non-mathematical brain tells me data at 0.1kobo per megabyte translates to one naira per gigabyte (N1 for 1Gb of data). Even though I have had an experience regarding typographical errors (deliberate or otherwise) from Airtel, then Zain in the past, there is no way I could pass this offer off.
I first saw the advert on the page 4 of Nigerian Vanguard Newspaper on Wednesday 20th March 2013. So the next day, having no spare Airtel line, I headed off to the nearest store and got myself two new lines. Yes! Two new lines. I need to get the maximum benefit from this new data plan which was specifically mentioned as “not a promo”.
The two lines purchased were registered at the point of purchase and I was told they would be live by evening of that same day. The next day came and the lines were not working. I was getting worried. When by Saturday, they still never worked, I went back and the boys at the shop, with knowing smiles, registered the two lines over again and promised a 24hour activation time. You can imagine my frustration when by Sunday, the two lines still refused to work. Could it be that a lot of people were rushing just like me, to buy Airtel lines and take advantage of this offer thus causing a congestion in the registration/activation process? Or could it be just the usual challenge you face when registering a line?
Second frustration and a blow came yesterday. The lines came up yesterday and I promptly loaded them with N200 each and dialed the required code *758*2#. The screenshot below is what I got as a response.
The frustration and anger I felt is better left to your imagination. What went through my mind were quite unprintable to say the least. The adverts in the papers clearly stated that THIS IS NOT A PROMO. Even if we assume it is a promo, who them qualifies for it?
Is this new data plan thing a big hoax? Are the newspaper adverts typographical errors? Or is Airtel trying to mis-inform the public so as to boost sales?
Are they playing on our needs for a more affordable data plan?
What do you think about the whole thing? Is Airtel sincere?
Please let us know your experience if you have tried this data plan.
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