Personal MiFi now becoming more regular to Barbadians, perhaps saving bell for Ozone Wireless?

I’m sure many readers are familiar to how Ozone Wireless has not turned out as potent an alternative against Flow or Digicel except in an area probably both thought they cornered…

This is the device some call a dongle (which sounds vaguely obscene) while others are more and more taking to call MiFi (which has a definite air of sophistication), it is adopted by lawyers, parliamentarians and especially by journalists. Pre-paid users include beauticians who want to provide temporary WiFi for their clients as they get their feet soaked or dry their hair…

I am now one of those users, but I waited a while before the price reached my budget. Ads used to say $99 but neglected to say there was a $140 fee for the device, then it dropped to $75 but still a device fee? I even pointed out in the US they would offer the device free and charge for the rental only. Staff then (dunno if they’re still there) said that’s USA and this is Barbados…

Finally, they made an offer where if you signed up for a year then the device was free, but you only pay $70 per month and get 20 GB with rollover every 30 days. This was my deal, yet even to sign up was bare Gurkha? I went on one occasion at 5:55 pm on a Friday and was told they’re closing, I said I had cash, the employee ducked inside and returned stating her supervisor said the tills were already audited. I went back the following week and the office was closed for a staff function, well I won’t say what I was bellowing as it would make even Trump blush…

Luckily, a staff member who was outside on a call asked me what is the matter and when I said why I was upset she got a colleague who signed me up in less than ten minutes. I suggested the work ethic needs to be more like Guyana or India where the only bad day for business was a funeral and that was only up until the interment…

As I finished saying so, a Nail Technician arrived wanting a Top Up for her MiFi, they were about to turn her away as she did not have exact change. I explained I just paid seventy bucks and she wants 30 but has a Barrow (50 dollars), so give her my 20 dollar bill from my fee and they have two sales and not one. I asked if I could get a rebate for adding business, but I think I was pushing my luck?

My acquiring the MiFi proved to be a major boon for adding to Bajan Reporter’s coverage. I was enlisted by Starcom Network for Election Coverage on May 24th and the Nation also conscripted by talents to provide ball by ball online updates. I was sent to Ellerslie Secondary in Blackrock for the tussle between Neil Rowe and the soon-to-be ousted Chris Sinckler, and Ellerslie had free WiFi, until when results eventually started pouring in…

The WiFi went spotty, most likely people in the neighbourhood were using it to follow results, so I just turned on my Ozone device and started typing on my laptop and sending stories. The other reporters from Slam, CBC and Loop were looking at me and asking how am I still working and I explained the MiFi and they asked if I could share, I didn’t mind as I only used 4 GB so far and my 1st month was ending so I had about six reporters pulling on the MiFi and sent it up to 12 GB and I still had signal and was able to provide interim counting results and no sweat despite extra passengers (I changed my password easily later on)…

The only time I have signal issues is if I’m at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Haggatt Hall and Accra Beach Resort & Spa who all coincidentally have their own WiFi and I’m sure they don’t mind anyone not using their service? (wink-wink, nudge-nudge)

The MiFi also proved a boon when I attended the Democratic Labour Party’s 63rd Annual Conference and I wanted to send multiple videos on my Instagram channel – my experience at that event will be another story!

Dr Nick Kelly the main stakeholder now for Ozone Wireless even admitted the MiFi is what is keeping the company afloat, all he needs to do is transform his remaining staff into sale hungry workaholics and he should be able to see Ozone eventually provide a valid third alternative!

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