Stop charging unsolicited callertunes

March 14, 2016

General

Folakemi

When the new Nigeria Minister for Communications, Adebayo Shittu resumed office a few months ago, there were loads of promise, the last on the list was what really concerned lay person on the road:

“I promise that Nigerians will get value for every kobo they spend on telecommunication services.”

Has he delivered? One of the biggest scam that I have seen going on in Nigeria in the last few years was unsolicited callertunes. Not too surprising that the most ripped off people in this were the very poor people who rely solely on cheap scratch cards to make calls.

The other day I called a few friends on both MTN and Globacom each one has a callertunes something that goes ‘Orisa bi iya k’osi’ (in honour of Mother’s Day) – even those who are not previously on callertunes all have one imposed on them.

I know that MTN is Nigeria No1 foreign…

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10 Comments on “Stop charging unsolicited callertunes”

  1. Fatai Bakare Says:

    This should be made to reach the hearing of the Minister for Communications. This is a rip-off of the hard earned money and is of no benefits to the people.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      Thanks for this.

      I agree that the Minister may need to act but in the case of the pseudo presidential system Nigeria operates, the legislative chambers have a prominent role to play in this case of over-reaching. The minister, of course, can get the ball rolling.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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    • folakemiodoaje Says:

      Thank you. I did tag him on the post but unsure he reads it. It is sad that the most-ripped off in the land are those that have very little.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Folakemi,

        Indeed, in all lands, the most powerless – also those that have very little as you say, are the most-ripped off although in Nigeria, big business is always equal-opportunity rip-off artists, it seems. People can fight back

        I remember the late Awo’s UPN-era Senator Adesanya taking NEPA or another biggie to court in the 1990s for wrongful disconnection – could be NITEL; he won! Senator was an attorney of great earned reputation, of course but it does show people can and should fight back. They can even join others in filing class action as in the States that run a political system we purport to run.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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      • folakemiodoaje Says:

        Thank you Mrs Adenle for sharing this. I do believe too that this is a case that people can win, however what exactly is the job of a Commissioner of Communications or indeed anyone working at the NCC if they cannot see this as extortion. So much so that even the educated ones in the land think they are powerless even when they know telecoms Co are stealing millions of naira/day – makes me think our elected rep are likely behind this, no?

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Folakemi,

        I do noot think Nigeria is being served by ANY so-called “elected rep”. The crowd at the Senate and the House is a group of self-entitled overpaid and very selfish Nigerians who represent none but themselves. Ditto the appointees and top civil servants among whom is the Oga at the top at the NCC. People are excused in Nigeria by even those who suffer the most, for example, a doctor losing a patient due to his incompetence could have relations of the deceased saying, Doctor na ti e try …”

        How an end will come to the throwing up of hands in collective exasperation is something a little beyond me.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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  2. Adedapo Muyiwa Says:

    When I wrote a proposal to these operators in 2007 for them to sell few characters to me so that when you check your airtime balance, a marketing message could come with such. Then so many companies in Nigeria needed to reach the masses to buy into their shares. I came up with the idea that this could help reach a lot of them…. the response they gave me then was that ‘it would amount to unsolicited message’ today I have countless unsolicited messages from so many short codes..3034, 5050, 3534..and so on. My proposal had stamped copies from MTN and GLO networks..sometimes during last year elections, I saw them using exactly that idea, MTN on a particular day had this message when balances were checked..’your balance is NGN200, Vote APC.’I contacted my lawyers but unfortunately a non disclosure agreement was not signed at that time even though I had a stamped copy. These organizations are not acting fairly.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Muyiwa,

      The subject of unsolicited caller tunes is right on the mark to be discussed and ironed out because it is a huge nuisance as well as an infringement on our privacy. Telecoms companies in Nigeria seem to have all long veered into areas that legislation is needed to steer them back to their chartered goals. They are into lotteries and forced advertising to people who pay them as subscribers on whom they collect second fees.

      I believe time is ripe for a legal test case, if the fat/fattened so-called “lawmakers” won’t act.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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    • folakemiodoaje Says:

      Corporations are there to make money and because in Nigeria there is little respect for intellectual property, if they can get away with it, they sure will – it is a shame as this is one of the reasons talented people are so guarded with their ideas…

      Organisations will not get out of their way to be fair to people, this is why we have government officials paid but they too can’t be bothered – I believe civil society is the one to rise up and ‘nag’ government officials to do their job.

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      • emotan77 Says:

        Dear Folakemi,

        Thanks v much for this. I think my comments would be the same I gave earlier: that people should and start challenging what in effect are unfair and even illegal business practices.

        Regards,
        TOLA.

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