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Jan 25

Frustrated finding a [mobile] contract

Posted by Jas in web design , Web 2.0 , Web , Vodacom , UI , SEO , MTN , mobile , Contract , Cell C , bad web design


So I'm trying to go onto a contract through Vodacom, but I just can't seem to find anything that I really want to find out. Not from their Website, not from other company websites... And I am not the kind of person that feels he should have to waste his time going into a store in order to find out this kind of information (not with the Internet at my command!) I know I want to go for a BlackBerry Torch, and I know I want a contract that includes the "free" Internet that has helped popularise the BlackBerry-line of phones.

However, looking at the Vodacom Website (an abomination of the Web if you ask me - they seem to be going backwards in their design and ability to give out information - requiring you to click through pages and pages of utter waft where they could clearly have presented all the information on a single page), they don't provide a pure distinction between the different packages that you get with BlackBerry. Heck, all I could really find was info about the Talk 100 (S) - but on another site (Elite Mobile) they talk about the BlackBerry Talk 100 Bis (The Bis meaning? Business Internet Solution? Clarify please! I had to find out the acronym on MTN's website - yes Vodacom, you lead me directly to your competition from your crappy website because you can't fathom that you might actually need to explain things to your prospective clients).

I'm starting to wonder if it's even worth my time?

For instance, have a look at this page:,BlackBerry+9800+-+Talk+120+S

They have a pic of the phone; they have a hyperlink leading to the phone specifications... But why not provide all that info on the same page? Hello! This is the Internet 101! It makes Vodacom's Web team look like its being run by a bunch of monkeys who have no idea about the Web itself, let alone how to construct information in a clear, concise manner! Don't just show me a picture of the phone (I would use Google Image search if I really wanted to see it), give me details about the package, about what I get in the package (there's not even a hyperlink to it - so now I have to spend my time searching their anal retentive website that is dysfunctional at the best of times just to find out that it doesn't really tell me about the "free" Internet that I want from the phone contract!), what I don't get... Is it really that difficult, Vodacom?

I would seriously enjoy getting feedback from Vodacom about their ridiculous Website. Who's in charge in controlling the content, and why the hell are they still hired by the company? It clearly doesn't provide a very good "front" for the company... Hello! We're in the era of Web 2.0 - not designs that belonged in the 90's... Information at your finger tips? More like endless reams of absolute $#*% that leads you in circles (yes you dim wits, you are getting such good "ratings" on your web count from me because I can't find anything on your site). Grrr... It frustrates me to the point where I actually want to go out and scream at somebody (and I'm not an agressive man!).

You would think, that in this day and age of the Internet and web technologies around, that these companies would introduce, you know, a way of customising your package completely. By customise, I mean select your package, your free minutes, your SMS bundle, your data bundle - configuring the entire package to your liking. Since it’s all controlled by computer(s) anyways, the whole recording of the package information and implementing it from the billing perspective should be fairly trivial. Perhaps I should patent the idea - while I'm throwing it out there, freely, for you to implement yourself...

Well, enough of my rant! I'm going to head outside for a breath of fresh air, and hope that by the time I get back to my machine, I will be a little less irked!

Sep 06

All these new phones!

Posted by OS GIKEN in Steve Jobs , omnia , MTN , iPhone , ipad , devil , Contract


In my current position, I get nice perks, like free phone and free airtime, and everything over that freeness is subtracted from my salary. So I never really worried about the phone market for the past year and a couple of months. Then, I saw an iPhone! Now those who know me, know that I was lambasting the iPhone for all its worth and basically saying Steve Jobs is the devil.

I don't think anyone can comprehend how much I want an iPhone, even more, how much I want an iPad! I've been looking at contracts, but since my last ordeal with the contract...we've added up, I probably paid close to R40 000 in cell phone charges alone since Jan 2009 till now from my MTN cell phone contract and my work phone going over its limit! And what makes it worse, is that my Omnia, rest in peace, was stolen about a year ago, and no, I didn't think cell phone insurance was necessary! So I've been paying off a phone that was stolen, we are basically just using the sim card with the supposed free minutes, or free R200 p/m charged per minute which equates to MTN's R3 per minute or something like that...can you now see how I'm being analy raped by a cell phone company?

We've vowed to get my wife a cheaper contract and a newish phone since her current Nokia is way past its meeting with the grim reaper of the cell phone realm. But with the amount of phones on the market, its totally ridiculous how many phones now seem attractive. Like I said, I haven't been paying attention to the phone game since Jan 2009!
I've decided I'll surprise wifey with a BlackBerry with the free internet, because that's all she needs! And I'll buy myself a second hand iPhone and just use my work sim card for free airtime! A second hand iPhone that's still in good nick, meaning the screen works and everything else works, goes for about R2500-3000. I'll just get me a white cover and then I'll buy the APPS I so dearly want/need!

What phones out there, compared to the blackberry, the cheapo, are really any good?

Os over and out - not being in this phone game has really made me wonder, have they solved all the issues with the touch screens since Jan 2009? Must I still lock myself into a contract AGAIN for 2 years after this horrible experience I just went through? Is it cheaper, or easier to rather buy airtime then to have a contract?

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