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Monday, December 17, 2007

Network externalities

Went and got a prepaid sim card yesterday - my first ever. Dropped six hundred rupees on the thing.

Which is why it seemed very wrong to me when I found I could neither make any calls nor send any messages; and the automated voice urging me to recharge the card told me in a flirtatious tone that my balance was forty five paise.

I wonder how they got to that specific number.


Blogger Abi said...

Whoa! What a ripoff!

Now, which company is doing this to you? Or is it the salesperson's fault?

12/17/2007 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they said your balance was forty two paise, I would understand. Forty two is the answer to everything. Why are they giving you three paise more? I don't understand.

12/18/2007 5:11 AM  
Anonymous tabula rasa said...

totally a ripoff. i think it's both the company - vodafone, and the shop - ashrey consultants, central arcade, gurgaon. i've spent hours now both in the shop and on the phone with them and can confidently declare that they are a bunch of cheats - the lot of them.

good point. possibly because three paise is worthless, just like everything else they've given me.

12/18/2007 2:57 PM  
Blogger That Armchair Philosopher said...

you did something wrong of course. but you knew that right?

but wtf - prepaid sim cards are at 600 bucks?!?!

12/18/2007 3:25 PM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

heck yeah, and i'm swinging strongly back to my old position that the 'something wrong' was in getting one of the blasted things in the first place. hate cellphones.

12/19/2007 3:37 PM  
Blogger The_Girl_From_Ipanema said...

dayum. are you going to follow it up? let us know. i had so much fun (NOT) trying to get one when I was there- the costs were atrocious, the post-paid ones needed all kinds of verification.. and I gave up and resorted to good old PCOs

12/21/2007 8:49 AM  
Blogger Tabula Rasa said...

i went to a company store and was told to sink another hundred bucks into the thing. that did charge the card up some -- enough for them to fleece me for the duration of my stay.

12/31/2007 9:50 PM  

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