All your Base are belong to us

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I'm not sure many of the FK readers here can truly appreciate the value of this All Your Base video, but it is a classic for sure. Anyway, that was just the intro, this post is about something else. Yeah, I admit I sometimes confuse myself, but stick with me, it'll all become clear in the end.

As I was driving home yesterday, I received a call on my mobile, presumably coming from my operator. Someone working for them wanted to know whether I received their text message about a month ago informing me I could swap my old mobile for a brand new one. I didn't get a text message and said so - this lured me right into their little marketing scheme - and off he went. Blah blah blah, Base network upgrade, Edge technology, old phone, network problems, free upgrade to a Siemens A62 phone, blah blah blah. I said I might be interested and told them where the nearest shop relative to my location was. I can go pick up a new phone starting friday, and it's valid for a month.

Now, let's take a closer look. First of all, they don't know what model of mobile phone I'm currently using, so how can they suggest I "upgrade"? Secondly, they claim the network upgrade to Edge could cause connectivity problems to users of an older phone. However, the Siemens A62 phone they offer me for free...doesn't support Edge technology! It's a very basic phone, and one I wouldn't buy if I had a choice in the matter. I don't think there ever was a text message to begin with in the first place, they just use that to make the customer think they're missing out on something otherwise.

Finally : I can't find anything about this "offer" on the Base website. In fact, the Siemens range is not even represented in their shop! They have Nokia, Sony-Ericsson, Samsung and one NEC model, but no Siemens mobile phone to be seen anywhere.

Now that I think about it, Base may actually know which phone I use, as I had it with me when I first activated it in the shop. Or they could just look at their network and grab all the IMEI numbers and compare it to a list of manufacturers and models I suppose.

All things taken into account, I think I've just been marketeer'd by some company hoping to make some cash of me when I go into the shop and buy another phone, service plan or whatever. I'll keep you posted in case I decide to check out the offer. In the mean time, if you know anything about it, let me know! All Your Base Are Belong To Us!

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