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Trading XL for Simpati DESA BINANGUN - Something remarkable to me is the limited number of SMS messages or telephone calls that I received. That seems to be coincidence, but it isn't. Most people don't even know that I am pulang kampung, but the main reason is the simple fact that the network of my provider XL is not available for most time here. At some moments when the weather is good - so the wet season like now is an even worse time - I can barely send or receive an SMS here now. Making a telephone call is simply not possible.

The answer is also why there is a redundant mobile phone in our house in Lippo Cikarang. It has a SIM-card for a different provider, Simpati. In the first place that enables us to make cheaper phone calls between Lippo Cikarang and the people 'in Java', as the hinterlands outside Jakarta and the direct environs are often called. The connection is much better as well.

Here in the kampung most people use a provider that is not wildly popular in the big city because they often have problems with coverage and giving the customers decent telephone calls with people just a few hundred meters away. Here it is all different, there is less choice for sure, but Simpati has a much better service here for the same amount of money.

In this fashion, the market seems to be divided among the providers that operate in Indonesia, since people outside the city also call and SMS a lot. In that way, they have found their link with the people in the big and dangerous city which is an hour traveling away from here.

I don't think I need a special Simpati number for the days that I am here. Most people can always - ooh well, quite often - reach me via email and if that should not work, they only have to wait for a couple of days before I am back at my usual place again. Above all my mobile phone can only handle one SIM-card at the time, that is a good excuse not to change anything at all.


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Posted in Travel @ 13 December 2009 00:30 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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