I'm from Romania and it's not practiced so much today but it was 2-3 years ago. I hate this thing and expecialy kids that buy very expensive cell phones and never call, just beep and they wana look rich with their phones. I'm on contract and I have a lot of minutes evrywere at any time and if the minuts run out I can call without problems.
This is very common habit in Kosova, we use it for many years.
When you "ring" to somebody it means that you are out of credit or you think for that person.
Another way of using "ringing" is when you pre-arrange with somebody that you will "ring" him/her when you will be at the place, finish one work, or other arrangement.
Main reason for using this "ringing" is charging way of the Operators. The onliest operator that operator that works in Kosova charges you by minutes (0.16E), so even if you talk 3 seconds you will be charged for 1 minute.
If the operators will charge by seconds this habit will not be so popular.
This is what happens when third world countries run shoddy services and hike up rates as where i live. It costs less to call a telephone in England (7000 km away) than to call a mobile in the next room!
Use the telegraph/morsecode technique. 1 beep only stands for 'road clear', 2 beeps stands for 'traffic jam', many beeps with interval means 'no peace in life'. This way or other you invent more codes. Like 2 beeps in the middle of the night 2 am with no interval: 'again...'.
Or maybe you guys can just get more credit? I live in US and dont see people doing this.
I dont see a difference between Call me back service (Free SMS to be sent by a-party) and the Beep me service
Well honestly, in some countries phone calls are unbelievably expensive and so are messages. This is everywhere in Africa, Middle East and other parts of Asia too. The "miscall" is an efficient way to do many things. Basically, people use it between friends and many times it's not even used so that the other person calls you back. When you have a plan to go out with your friends and you are already talking on the phone, you tell them alright when i "miscall" you, just come down because I'll be under your house. This is much easier than making a phone call for 2 seconds which costs you a minute since many telephone companies charge you per minute instead of per second.
I think in emergencies it's a great idea. I certainly don't think that just because you run out of credit that means you shouldn't have a cell phone. I'm on contract and i love the safety that gives me. I never go over my allocated minutes and texts but i do love having the safety net so that if i need to, i can. I know 02 PAYT lets you go into an 'overdraft' of sorts facility here in the UK where you can go in debt up to £1.00 to send emergency texts/calls if you have no credit.
How bizzare... I've never heard of such a thing in the US. If you can't afford to send a text message, you probably shouldn't have a cell phone.
In Pakistan, its called giving a "miscall" or "misbell", and yes, its used as a signal, everything from "I'm outta credit!" to "I'm Done! come pick me up." None of the Six providers offer specialized ervice in this regard though.
Yes, there are people who do this to bug, but you can always block the # by calling your service provider, or even the police, they usually respond quite quickly on such subjects...
This has been done since the mid 90s in Venezuela, South America. In Venezuela, only the person making the call gets charged, so if you ran out of minutes, and your friend had an unlimited plan it made sense to do that. We call it "repicar" as in "ring". The mobile companies have not done anything about it, and I doubt they will do something about it!
Pah- we've been doing that in the UK for years. And no doubt in all other countries too.
It's hardly groundbreaking news, and I wonder how much public money was spent on this 'insightful' study!
In Australia we call it 'pranking' and it is very common, usually it just means "we are running out of credit call me" as for the "I love you" i wouldnt date a guy who did that, id consider it rude LOL
w@?! dis is so normal here in ghana in africa its evn recomended.it cn mean anytn 4rm i ker abou u n goodmornin 2 evn i love you!
LoooooooooooooooooooooooL .. i think here in egypt and we the egyption who made this ''protocol''..we are donig this since they made the first mobile phone hehehehehahahahah ..
i am algerian i never beep i call 8 hours of day ?send me your number if you want .
/this has been done in the UK for ages also, its known as "drop calling"............good old student days............lol
We are doing this in Serbia for more than 5 years now, and like in the Netherlands we call it "pulling" (cimanje)
well i've been a beep master as i had my first cell phone! At night,in the morning,i've been beeping my entire adressbook! That was 8years ago! Now,i have same prepay as for 8years but i call,even if it's just to say hello,how r u so people....beep is totally OUT!!!
"beeping" has been in Zambia since prepaid was introduced. Very helpful though annoying sometimes.