What Mobile Number Portability Means To Me
By default, I carry one line around. Just one. I have been in situations where I wished I had a backup line available, but I really, really, really do hate to carry two phones around. Not that I haven’t done so occasionally. I have. Once in a while, I still do, especially when I am reviewing a phone. But as a rule, I am a one-phone person. The one line that I carry around is powered by Glo. Why Glo?
First and foremost, I am a data person. That means, messaging and internet are my priority over and above voice calls. It is not just data either. It has to be fast data. Broadband. 3G. Glo meets that need for me. I get full 3G bars on my Glo line. Before Glo, I had used Airtel and MTN as primary lines. Both of those networks failed me big time. MTN has these silly error messages that turn up from time to time while browsing. Plus, from 9PM to around 1AM, MTN internet is near unusable. Airtel? I still get 0 to 2 bars of 3G on my Airtel line, and neither of their 3G nor 2G internet services have worked well for me. Very epileptic.
What of Etisalat? Etisalat was promising in the early days. They had relatively reliable EDGE coverage and service, and then later added 3G service. For a time, I deployed Etisalat 3G for my home and office hotspots. Then, all of a sudden, quality of service on Etisalat dropped and finally 3G service disappeared at my location. I have complained. Till today, things have remained the same. I hate to nag, so I have let it go and put my Etisalat SIMs on the shelf.
As such, I am stuck with Glo. I get fast and relatively stable 3G service on Glo. Of course, like every other network, they do mess up with mobile internet, voice and SMS every now and then. But Glo is the network that provides me with what I need the most. So, what does this mobile number portability thing mean for me? Right now, Nothing. It is all over my head. Perhaps some day, I will be excited about it. But I would love for that day not to come. And only my current network provider, Glo, can guarantee that by keeping me happy.