Posts Tagged Vodafone

Please no ringback music….just give me a ringback tone

Ring back music or caller tunez by MTN were all the rave when they were introduced to the Ghanaian mobile telecommunication market. For a brief while I was hooked (never activated any on my phone); eager to listen to what nice song will be played whiles I wait for the person to pick the call.

Recently however, my reaction towards ringback music has changed drastically. I usually grimace or involuntarily pull the phone from my ear when some song or the other starts blaring through my phone’s speaker. When I think about it, I suspect it is because I am getting more impatient and don’t want to mix business calls with some party music like the one in the Vodafone advert featuring EAZZY.

Ironically, my reaction is the exact opposite of that of the young man in the Vodafone advert; I actually heave a sigh of relief when my calls are picked up, escaping further auditory attack from the harsh tunes that hit my eardrum when my calls connect.

I fear I consider someone unprofessional and inconsiderate when they have caller tunes playing simply because most of the songs are too loud and inappropriate for any kind of business and most caller tunes users do not know what songs play when people call them.

Please just give me a standard ringback tone…..nothing fanciful for me, no sire! no ma’am!


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Just Random Friday Thoughts

1. Since Vodafone slashed their call rates to 8 Ghana Pesewas a minute to all networks, Zain has responded by doing same and even toping it with 8 txt messages and take a snide at MTN’s subscription (blank text to 1322 to load 50 Ghana Pesewas worth of txt messages) for good measure.

What is funny is the demeanour of our cute Mr. Zain when giving Planet GH the 888 deal. This time he didn’t even smile as if to send the message that Zain wasn’t going to slash prices but were forced to.

Customers are smiling all the way. Thanks Vodafone for forcing the prices down but we all know MTN has the final word. Did I see a TIGO commercial with a tagline – don’t forget to carry your charger? (bringing back nostalgic memories of GH’s own Shaka Zulu turn self-confessed armed robber). Did they slash prices or just reminding everyone that they’ve been like the fly on the wall but been /still being ignored? Maybe Anita Erskine should give us a Diva commercial to counter Doreen Andoh’s anchorwoman gig. (Someone please pick this suggestion)!!

2. The Vodafone Blackberry commercial!! Did they say free handsets? Unlimited data (reasonable usage of 2.5GB of data)? Did the girl stick her tongue out to the guy who pull off her wig? (show of how circumstances influence behaviour). If all sectors of the economy were doing their best like the publicity guys……you’ll never know.

3. The One Show – closet gay men came on the set. Sad story of the dude who almost got lynched for theft when he’d actually made advances at someone (read, some man) and couldn’t say so in defense of himself. I bet he feared the beatings would have taken a deadlier turn if he had said he was just trying to get some……..

Now Jocelyn Dumas has the fattest hips in the GH. Planet GH stand up!!! If any of you readers get on her show, please ask if she’s a 45+ hip (I bet she beats J-Lo in the hips category).


Tell her I love the night skyscrapers in the background of her set. Someone told me that was Accra at night – the High Street. Please ask her about that for me, so we can rest this issue. (I think a panoramic shot of Accra from the University of Ghana Great Hall will add a GH flavour, but what do you know).

Thank God It’s Friday [singing to Queen’s Thank God It’s Christmas tune]

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