Recently, I received a notification in a Social Network that claimed of a successful trick to “hack Ncell 3G”. A quick link took me to a spammy looking article in a Blog*Spot blog published in early 2010. The article was written entirely in a tricky way, and if it was the case of 2010 and Nokia’s early so-called smart phones were to be used, most of the users would have tried to get a free 3G service from Ncell.
Personally, I have heard of enough Ncell tricks to allure myself to give them a try, however, hardly I would do one as a techie. Let’s recall what people – mostly +2ers would found otherwise wasted Ncell hacks – some tricks or hacks to make free international calls, others to send free SMS to as many people as you want, some hacks to use Ncell’s Data Connect to use with NTC or any other operator’s SIM or UIM card, some hacks to recharge Ncell’s card/PIN in multiple mobile phones simultaneously.
.. and so there are the tricks!
Neither Ncell have ever released any data on such things nor all people have found these so called “Ncell hacks” work for them. Back to 2009, a friend of mine, borrowed another friend’s Mero Mobile SIM (Spice rebranded Mero Mobile to Ncell only in February 2010) with an intention to call his brother in India. Later that day, he disclosed that Ncell’s international call was free that day, while others were boosting they did a hack to make free calls.
However, it was Ncell’s system or tower upgrading failure that lead to thousands of unmonitored and free international calls that people would notice in a while. Such thing has happened many times even in Nepal Telecom’s (NT) network – specially free national calls and SMS. Let’s not discuss about reliability in upgrading leakage (the dormant time during the process of upgrading system) of Nepalese telecom companies here as we all know how well these companies are serving (?) the Nepalese customers; hacks are enough!
Back to our story of “Hack Ncell 3G or Hack NTC”, like most of the Nepalese journos I did gather a figure of 5,410 results on Google search result page (SERP) while querying “hack ncell 3g” (intentional query so as to figure out how much copy-pasters would really get with Blog*Spot thing and mesmerize innocent Nepalese internet users!) The same article entitled “Hack Ncell 3G internet to use for free!” published by at least 139 times by different bloggers not only in Blogspot or WordPress sites but also international content farms and sites alike (139 was the number where I left counting on the first 20 Google result pages.)
Enough numbers. Who the hell would even waste their time trying to configure such non-existent hacks. At least such hacks don’t exist today but triers might.
Well, how did such things go viral. Viral? Yes, it should been viral. One post in total adult rated Blog*Spot blog was commented an overwhelming 121 times, while another in international content farm was viewed 7 thousand times. So, people might have their lucky hands with.
Good Internet is a Destiny NOT hacks!
Conclusion: Did I not talk about NT specifically? This is not the case. In our world, a USSD query generating response for the last time’s data usage showing after 10 minutes is a horrible story (the person would surely think the got it for FREE until its the 10th minute a response ting ting on his mobile screen.) People are bound to search for hacks, many times cracks, or should our services not be accessible to all.
Should our telecom companies not come with user-based or user-generated Internet packages suited for them? Should NTC limit their just-working Mbps 3G service in the downtown only? Should Ncell suck per MB of package for a piece of Mo:Mo in a decent restaurant? We all are well versed in totality – used to paying for something that should been evaluated, valued to our everyday usage.
This way… it will take us years, if not decades, before we go a true Western style Internet at our reach – a true broadband to cast from Google Chromecast to my living room TV or play a EdX course on my tablet or stream that Dashain moment to my niece in another part of the world. I’m using Internet at the extreme pathetic level, most of us in fact are. And we are helpless, let’s hack 3G together. Hack for a reach. Hack for a betterment.