So a lot of times Techzim comes under fire for not being fair or sharing our opinion too much. Irony is that this always comes from all players in the tech space particularly the telcos. Each one accuses us of favouring the others, it always puzzles me how we could possibly favour everyone at the same time.
We talk about tech and business here on Techzim. We not only break the news, review products and services, keep you in the loop and all that but we share our opinion regarding the news and the products and services and sometimes just merely our opinion. That obviously means we occasionally have a different opinion to the guys we report on: that’s OK.
But this time I think even NetOne agree with us
Notone has just rolled out a service to….
Tell you the time! Are you kidding me? It’s a USSD service. Come on guys and gals, who wants to punch in a USSD code just to get the date and time which is already on their home screen? Here’s the message announcing the ‘innovation:’
For your added convenience, NetOne introduces a smart way of checking for the current date and time by simply dialing *120#. NetOne – The World In One
Hey NetOne, checking my home screen is convenience enough thank you
Hey NetOne this is neither smart nor is it a way. No thanks.
Someone introduced tracking a few days ago
Is this in answer to Econet’s launch of a service that allows customers to check and track how their data balance and voice balance and all the rest? Both could be tracking solutions but I sure can track the time just fine. Next we will have someone introducing a USSD to check if I am alive: a smart way to check if you are breathing, dial *000#. Come on!
NetOne used to not allow auto update of date and time
It’s ridiculous that NetOne didn’t allow your mobile phone to automatically update the date and time if you had taken out the battery or something. Every single time you needed to check somewhere for the correct time and then set your mobile phone’s time otherwise it would go to whatever the default time on your device is. Mine is 1 am in 2008 or something.
Checked if this is now working and yes it is now working! Now when you take out your phone battery as long as you had selected the option to allow auto update of date and time NetOne will automatically update the date and time. So why then should one have to punch in a USSD code to get the date and time?
I guess someone complained about the lack of auto update of date and time and some clever person at NetOne said ‘aha, I can give you more than that’ and they came up with a smart way of checking current date and time via USSD. I just can’t stop laughing ever since.
This is what developers call overkill… To be honest this is more than overkill
Believe without seeing is hard
When this first got forwarded to me, I couldn’t believe it. I thought someone was trying to poke fun at NetOne. I had to test it. Here’s the screen recording:
You can’t make this stuff up!
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