Stop the Exploitation

Tongues have been wagging and a lot of ideas flowing from the pens of journalists since mobile telephone communication system saw the light of day in Cameroon. The wave of anxiety that caught Cameroonians on the arrival of the mobile telephone is fathomless and readily understood for people who were virtually languishing in darkness for decades after independence. Minds remain fresh on the prestige that threaded through owners of mobile handsets during the embryonic stage of mobile telephone in Cameroon. And as fate would have it, this tiny communication instrument has come to stay as a veritable tool for businesses and other social operations. Life appears to be worthless in this era without the mobile telephone. In effect, cell phones have become a necessity for many people throughout the world. The ability to keep in touch with families, business associates, and access to email are only a few of the reasons for the increasing importance of cell phones. Today's technically advanced phones are capable of not only receiving and placing calls, but storing data, taking pictures, and can even be used as walkie talkies. Many more options do exist.
The multiple options embedded in modern cellphones constitute some of the pulling forces towards the use of this communication tool. The internet seems to be overtaking all other options at an accelerating pace. Mobile phone companies are not unaware of this and are taking advantage of this to make quick cash. It is true that business is opportunism. But it is also true that such exploits should not be an occasion to squeeze the customers to asphyxiation. That exactly is what has been happening in Cameroon now. Complains from customers are hitting the sky as they are finding it difficult to come to terms with the increasing hikes in data consumption. Cases abound where people load their phone with substantial internet data expecting accessing the net for a specific period and before they could blink their eyes, they are being asked to refill their data. Many complai...



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