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Globe Telecom Prepaid Subscribers... "where is teh GPRS/3G love?!"
Saturday, November 11, 2006

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GMail's Mobile Application is finally here. Hooray! :-| I'm using a Globe Prepaid account and most of the internet applications for Symbian phones I've tried didn't work on Globe's Prepaid APN. Hmmm.. Let's see.. Yahoo! Go wont work, Agile Messenger won't work, Windows Live Mail won't work. These applications do work if you're on a Globe Postpaid account and using the Globe Postpaid APN. My cousin already tried Agile Messenger and we were able to exchange a few messages while he was in Glorietta. Will Gmail work this time? Let's see...

Being cautious as per my experience on previous Globe GPRS charges, I've checked my balance before proceeding to Gmail Mobile's download page.



I have P501.02 and now let's go to gmail.com/app using my Nokia 6600's built in wap browser to download the application. This error message displayed:



Woops! Gmail Mobile can't be installed on my Nokia 6600?? How come other "low-end" Sony Ericsson phones can install them? I immediately checked my prepaid credits to see if how much Globe has scammed charged me.



From P501.02, my credits are now at P500.09. Globe charged me P0.93 for that error message?! For what the claim, they charge P0.15/KB. The P0.93 they charged me is already equivalent to a 6KB file. That page doesn't even look it would exceed 2KB in size. Anyway, I'm still persistent to be robbed, i mean to download Gmail's mobile Application so I tried to use my Opera browser to download the application.



Coolness! It worked!



After downloading and installing the application, I checked my credits again. From P500.09, it's now at P482.59. I was charged P17.50 for that download. Well, that's equivalent to a 116KB file. Pretty close since the Gmail Java installer is 112KB. Now it's time to loose more prepaid credits test the Gmail Mobile App if it will work on Globe's Prepaid APN.



OKAY. As expected. It won't work for Globe Prepaid Subscribers. I'm stucked at the Gmail's Loading screen. I've wasted almost P20 for nothing. I've tried it on Smart Prepaid and it worked. Globe whyy??!!!!! Why do you discriminate your loyal prepaid users and refuse to open our prepaid APN to the wonders of mobile internet??? Whyyy???? And why do still charge per KB when Smart offers a really good deal? Whyyyy!!?!!!! I wonder how much could Globe have charged me if I were to use it's 3G service for a 10minute Skype-Landline call....

For those who want to try Gmail, you can download the java installer here.

*Computer end log*


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