Google Android One platform was originally showcased as an initiative to connect the rest of the world to the internet. Even the official Google blog post this week talks about the ‘next five billion’.
Here is the part which is insanely ironical.
Google Android One devices are not exactly cheap. Three models are on sale now and all of them costs more than the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Even funny is the fact that 1S has better specifications than the Android One devices on sale in India.
Another humorous part is that these three models are available exclusively through three different online stores. Which means, people needs a computing device with internet access to order them! Brilliant. Simply brilliant.
Do you really expect a regular guy who has never accessed the internet before to buy this device online from one of the three online stores to get connected to the internet? I think not.
Micromax Canvas A1
Karbonn Sparkle V
Spice Dream UNO
And of course…
Xiaomi Redmi 1S
I have been on Reliance Broadband for a few months now. I had avoided it for way too long because of the reputation and when I eventually applied to get a connection from the company, I kept my old BSNL connection for backup.
I have not had much chance to use the backup connection till this month because the service was largely alright. But the last 20 days have changed it all. The usual problems that I read about on the India Broadband Forum have cropped up in my locality.
It began with random downtimes throughout the day. I was told that the power backup has started malfunctioning. This was in the third week of last month. This problem remains unresolved despite sending multiple mails to Reliance management and filing several complaints with the call center.
The latest problem began this week when the internet went down completely 3 days ago. In the last three days I have had connectivity for around 5-6 hours I believe. It is down right now. Local guys keep on blaming some mysterious server which is down. Reliance customer care would not take a new complaint because my existing complaint is already with them since August 25. Local linesman have started responding to my phone calls rudely because I call them multiple times a day trying to get an update.
Today they asked me to call a guy named Deepak Rathi (9310225815) instead. I was hoping for a nice informative chat with this guy who is supposed to be the engineer responsible for my local network. But instead what I got was a typical douchebag with attitude problems. He asked me to call the customer support and follow the procedure. When I told him that the procedure has not helped me for the last two weeks or so, he basically hanged the phone. Good stuff indeed.
I thank god for having the sane mind of keeping the BSNL Broadband connection as backup. I am on a low end plan on it which I would need to change tomorrow. From becoming a seldom used backup connection, it has become my primary connection this week. I would probably give Reliance another couple of days before filing for a disconnection. It’s a shame that I have run out of all the options in my area. Reliance Jio is still a few months away and I have very little hopes from them as well.
Yes Bank wants me to remember a password that is at least 10 characters long, has mixed case alphabets, numbers and special characters. And I am not even supposed to keep a backup copy saved somewhere just in case I forget it? Cool. If the population of this country was so smart at remembering things, they would not be electing the same fucks to the parliament every 5 years.
I mean it’s a shame they are using foreign models in their social media images… Not paying for stock images makes it worse.
Because I cannot read anything in this mailer.
It cannot even stream music from your phone through Bluetooth. The system has not changed at all in the last five years. I suffered through it for all that time. I love streaming music from my phone in my Hyundai Grand. It offers everything that Blue&Me has except for voice recognition that never even worked because you know? Windows Mobile… Blue&Me is powered with Windows Mobile.