yeah this is ancient news that belongs in history books almost, this goes on everywhere in Europe, myself being from Poland, but I see it everywhere. I once tried introducing it here in Canada...but people are too stupid to catch on to anything new around here...whoever wrote this clearly has no idea who really does this sort of stuff, like somebody said it's just a kind of "thinking about you" call, sometimes it goes on for an entire day...
In the Philippines, it's equivalent to "missed call". It's often done just to inform the other party that they are remembered. Calls are not oftenly used cos it's too costly a minute. So most Filipinos rely on text messaging. By the way, the Philippines is the texting capital of the world with over 50 million text messages sent each day, if my figure is correct. Hehe.
HAHAHA oh my god, this is so OLD!!!
i live in Spain and over here, teenagers do that ALL DAY LONG, i can tell cuz i've been a teenager and everybody do that, mainly to say IM THINKING OF YOU or stuff like that
so its not really new becuz before africa, spain had done that for a long while
Cheaper to txt pick me up. With normal flagflag and 30sec block billing, if you prank someone here in oz, cost you almost twice as much as a txt message.
True, you cant do it with $0 but the whole point isn't to connect, it's to leave a missed call
Here in the philippines, we call it missed call. It's already a local term "miskol". When you got a missed call, it means only two things: you really missed it or the person is just "missed-calling" you with a lot of possible reasons. No problem with that. It's a common practice. You can't make calls if you don't have credits(pre-paid)anyway.
In Australia however you can't prank anyone on a $0 balance. Most providers do charge a call-connect fee, or immediatelly discount the 30-second charge.
An automated message will say that you've gone over your limit and need to recharge asap.
We call it 'Pranking' in Australia, at least where i live anyway.
like "i'll prank you when i want to be picked up".
In Australia it's called pranking, and I don't see anything wrong with it. From my point of view providers could be charging a lot less but as they have a strangle hold on the new technology they don't. Therefore we might as well save a little of our own money at their expense.
peopel I´m from Europe and we were beeping since about 10 years
And I forgot to add. Here we hang up before we are connected, as soon as the other person sees who is ringing. It's stupid to wait for connection, it makes no sense since you are being charged for that which makes it pointless, therefore I think that the writer of the article has made a mistake...
Hahaha... :D :D :D I am from Bulgaria and here it's sooooo widely spread and so common that it has become a very usual part of our day-to-day life here, and it's very funny for me to see some one writing about it as if he has discovered a new species. Many many people do it for so many years already, I can believe for some people it's something new. For example kids often (actually almost all the time) "beep" their parents, since they have larger credit possibilities and can afford larger bill.
Here we call it "CLIP" (this is the service for caller identification) or "arrow", depending where in Bulgaria you live.
Plz dnt criticize Africans because we didn't invent cellphones we are just using it, beside we are not as rich as you Americans or Europeans.
That wouldn't work in Norway. Most GSM providers charge you a connection fee as soon as you get connected albeit for 1 second...