This has been done in the Philippines for ages now... Haha... Well, if you just want to tell the person that you remember him/her... "beep" them... or whats popularly know here as "Missed call"... Since majority of the cellphone brands here are Nokias nd SEs...
Actually, providers here allowed not only beeping but a 5 second call whitout any charge... So you can call someone and say "Call Me!" And it was really cool... Sadly it was abused, so providers stopped the feature... And switched to by-the-second charging...
We have been beeping each other in the netherlands antilles for quite a few years already, only we call it "pulling" somebody.
Also in tne netherlands it's quite popular.So, no money, pull somebody!
Here in Lebanon, anybody with pre-paid lines uses the so-called "missed call" when he/she runs out of units or is just a cheapo. By default, people with post-paid lines don't beep or do "missed calls."
Yeah, very popular in Poland. But only for teenagers(the same like in Spain and other "mid wealthy" countries).
PS. GSMArena admins - you're Czech, arent you? Didn't you know that practice? I don't believe*...
*Czech Republic borders on Poland, the same livestyle, quite similar culture, past and present ;)
In Romania beeping started when the first mobile provider was available, this is old news to us... we do this all the time. And the Call me back service is available for quite some time, like i said beeping is old news for us !!! :D:D
Yeah, beeping is very popular here in Brazil also, where most of the customers have prepaid cellphones.
we've been doing this in Phil for ages...this article must not end without mentioning the philippines for most missed call generated everyday eversince the mobile phone was invented.
Hey am from Kenya and we are on the Safaricom network. I read the article in our local Daily and i must say guyz in Kenya used to flash sooo much that we heard networks conjection even break downs back in 2001 to 2003 when the provider had enuf and descided to introduced the flashback service. But i dont think the 'flashing or miss calls' are only happening in Africa the finding are a bit partisan making us look 'cheap'. Most flash for a variety of reasons, maybe you are supposed to meet someone and he's late so obviously you dont want to waste our credit you simply flash them and its like saying "harry up am waiting man!!" But all in all i do think it's an interesting article
Its one of the most POPULAR things in Pakistan.
Even more than Africa im sure.
... here ... its popular with the name of 'Misscall'
Everyone does that here. Research here ... you'd be surprised that 90% of cell fone users beep/miscall ... exception being some big senior business men.
in serbia we do that on a regular basis. for us that means that we think of somebody at that moment.
yes the ukhas beepinghas had it for about 3years its called pranking someone.come on gsm get with the times
In Haiti we call it "Beeping",. It is very popular but it's very annoying.The new operator DIGICEL came with a new concept, they provide a preset message service called " call me ". But your credit must be lowert than 3gdes($ 0.08 cent US) to use the service.
But beeping is still popular.
If you want to beep someone or send him a call-me , it shhould be someone you're close to.
...always thought it was a nigerian concept. We call it flash, as in "flash me when you arrive"
hehe, it's an old story in Indonesia, people already doing it since the very first day the GSM network plug their cable in this country.
Indonesian people call those call-me-back phenomenon as "miss call" or "miss called", because the numbers will appear in "missed call" section in your cellphone logs.
Indonesian also familiar to the "3-seconds-call" phenomenon, because the biggest phone carrier/operator in Indonesia has this "3 seconds free" policy. So, if you made a call to your friend in less than 3 seconds, you won't get charged.
but, people nowadays seems to use it no more.
cause those methods were very popular back then when the calls are way too expensive.
and, since the call credits are getting cheaper and cheaper, people prefer to use the normal calls or just texting some SMS messages.
anyway, the article brings back old memories.
it reminds me of how expensive the cellphone used to be.
they should make sms's free in south africa as well, it will bring about more competition and the networks might lower there call charges which are higher in comparison to other countries
In South Africa we call it "Miss Call" as in "Please miss call me and I will open the gate for you" or "Please miss call me when you arrive there safely". We have "call back" and "please call me" messaging services that are limited per day but free to use, but a missed call is just so much easier. Besides, the networks are rich enough as it is.
in portugal it was also used, but now that sms are free to send and receive, we use more sms to that. wich is also bad because many ppl like to "chat" by sms insted of calling... imagine wen you have a girlfreind! LOL it drives us (men) crazy! lol one more habit that "lives" betwen the portugues its a beep to say "i´m thinking of you". lol
In Nigeria is it cleed 'FLASHING'. It could be annoying somethings if the other caller keeps 'flashing' but it also has it's advantages. A guy who flahes a girl is considered cheap. It is considered appropriate for younger person to flash older persons in time of need.