"Be careful when you're broadcasting SMSs, specially when u can't afford errors (which means money)":D..
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
This has nothing to do with development.. It is just an stupid/funny incident I had today :D.. Yesterday I've bought a 50 EGPs card to recharge my cellular. Today (Happy Mushroom day :P) The first thing I did today was recharging my cellular credit & selecting a couple of nice messages to forward to my friends.. Off course I didn't send them to my contacts one by one.. I had like 150 contacts.. but for sure I didn't send them all.. I sent msgs to around 100+.. I had calculated how that would cost me, yesterday.. it's something like 20-25 EGPs by far, that's why I bought 50 EGPs coz I was intending to call a friend who's now abroad(3amoor).. Unfortunately (3ashan 7azy l na7s 6ab3an) he didn't reply & was diverted to voice mail.. Which deducted around (lebest :'( ) 5 EGPs from my credit.. & I wasn't even able to leave him a voice message coz the operator/automated-reply told me I just can't!!! After a recalling they guy for like 6-7 times to no avail, I started to forward the SMSs to my friends/relatives/family members.. Starting a flow of delivery reports & SMS-replies back from them.. After awhile I tried to call the guy once more.. I was told that I don't have enough credit!! Remember according to my calculations I had @ that time roughly (50-5-25=) 20 EGPs which more than enough to call him.. So I inquired my credit balance (costs 0.2 EGP) & was told I don't have enough credit to even inquire about my balance!!!!!!!! Until then I was pretty sure that probably they had a problem in the system (you know it's a high season) & probably if I waited everything will be just OK.. A couple of hours ago I rechecked & nothing new happened I still can't afford 0.2 EGP to inquire about my credit!! My brother suggested that I should call the customer service (wa abastefhom) & probably they will handle the issue.. I had to recharge anyway (it costs 1.5EGP/min to call them!!) so I decided to recharge when I'm back home & call them.. Just when it all got clear suddenly!!! :D .. (nezel 3alia l wa7l.. ana 6ele3t mas6ol) one of the messages I chose was too long (actually it was 3 SMS) but I was too busy taking care of which message to send to who & just forgot to check that specially that since I had that new handset I wasn't bothered with similar problems (it just happen in the background I'm not aware of it like the old handset which was pretty clear, but less readable :D).. So that should have cost me like 60-75 EGPs.. which I didn't pay simply coz I deleted the pending msgs & didn't resend any SMS thru the day (& I'm not intending to, for sometime :D).. Moral of the story: