This is why we cannot have nice things

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This is why we cannot have nice things

MTN recently stopped offering customers free Twitter data, explaining that it is no longer feasible to offer the service due to the cost and demand it places on the network.

MTN launched its free Twitter promotion in May 2014, offering subscribers who loaded any of its MTN Internet Services free access to Twitter.
 

waylander

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So after capping the free Twitter usage to 500MB, stopping the abusers, what was the actual reason for ending it?
 

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This is why we cannot have nice things

MTN recently stopped offering customers free Twitter data, explaining that it is no longer feasible to offer the service due to the cost and demand it places on the network.

MTN launched its free Twitter promotion in May 2014, offering subscribers who loaded any of its MTN Internet Services free access to Twitter.
Oh my, The "you are abusers" spin. Is that you Derek Hershaw?
 

CataclysmZA

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Vodacom spokesperson Byron Kennedy told MyBroadband that there are generally two factors that will result in a change in fair usage terms on flat-rated or free data products.
  • When certain users are recording extraordinary usage outside of the solution that a product or service was intended to provide.
  • When extraordinary usage by certain users significantly deteriorates the experience enjoyed by the vast majority of customers.
This was seen over and over again in the local telecoms market, and ultimately killed many free or flat-rated offerings by mobile operators.
The solution is simple.

Don't call it unlimited. Give it a cap and let people do what they want with it.

Better yet, just give people monthly data attached to their accounts, instead of these ridiculous, bullshit bundle deals where you get up to 30GB for one month.
 

beans100

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This meant huge files and videos were being transferred via “tunneling”, which was never the intention behind the free Twitter service.
BBM comes to mind, where people used the service to download movies etc.
 

ArtyLoop

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The solution is simple.

Don't call it unlimited. Give it a cap and let people do what they want with it.

Better yet, just give people monthly data attached to their accounts, instead of these ridiculous, bullshit bundle deals where you get up to 30GB for one month.
They won't do that, its because they are out to get the customer in the first place.. as has been proven with their OOB sharks.. This is Africa, where companies profit on the stupidity of the masses
 

Polymathic

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Single service data bundles are an existential threat to our freedom. (I'm being totally serious)
 
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