MTN wants mobile phones users, especially those with smartphones to be wary of data depletion loopholes on their devices.
This is even as the telecommunications firm has claimed to hit the 60 million-subscriber marks by December 2014.
Speaking in Lagos, Wednesday at the launch of a new value proposition tagged: ‘Better Me 2015’, a mobile app, the South Africa-based multinational mobile telecommunications company’s Nigerian General Manager, Corporate Affairs division, Funmi Onajide said mobile phones users needed to be to educated and advised adequately on some things that are contributing to their data losses.
Statistically, today, Nigeria is home to 184 million connected lines, out of which 134 million are active and about 75 million Nigerians are on the Internet connected by the Mobile Network Operators on a narrow band. The country is said to be home to 12 million smartphone, which the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Dr. Eugene Juwah said was abysmally low for the largest telecommunications market in Africa.
Indeed, Onajide, who said the Nigerian market was gradually moving from voice to data, noted that some applications that comes with smartphones consumes data arbitrarily, which most times the owners of the device may not be aware.
“I had the same challenge. When I got a new smartphone, I discovered that my data account was running out very fast. Until I called on a colleague who, after checking discovered that most of the applications that comes with the phone run on their own by so doing consuming data credit arbitrarily. So people must be educated and know that whatever application that they are not using should be removed and they should also be conversant with their devices”, she stated.