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Kelly's World: Nah switch!

Published:Monday | July 13, 2015 | 7:00 AM

You know those persons who constantly switch lanes depending on which lane is moving faster at the time?

Well I HATE (note the full caps) to see that. I will stick with the same lane unless there's an obvious hindrance ahead like a work crew doing repairs or a car that has broken down with no sign of starting back up anytime soon. Two reasons for this: One, the constant changing of lanes can be dangerous because not everyone knows how to do it properly. And two, (and this could be a mental deficiency on my part) no matter which lane I'm in, it always seems like the slower one.

I say all this to say, once mi mek up mi mind with something, a it dat! So you won't see me in any line at either of our two mobile phone providers 'bout mi a switch network because number portability is in effect. Switch fi wha?

There are times I'm not overly impressed with either player. Dis one says their credit lasts longer, the other says they reach more places in the island. This one boasts about their customer service, the other talks about having more options for you to save money. If I roll my eyes any harder, I'll get dizzy. Only reason I even have a cell phone is because it's kinda essential to my existence, the way the world is going.

The back-and-forth stuff has continued, and gotten louder, since number portability began. This one said they have x number after a few days, the other says they have three times x after a week. I've stopped listening. Not like it's going to affect my decision anyway. I found it more than amusing at the number of persons queuing up to get deals for switching. Not taking the bait! Those who know me, know which network I've used exclusively for about the last 10 years. And while they get on my nerves sometimes, mi really nuh see the need fi switch.

 

reason for not switching

 

The main reason I'm not switching is that choosing a phone company is like choosing a pair of shoes. Find a pair that fits your feet and work wid it! Look, every mobile phone company worldwide has some 'conditions' about what you're paying for, how much it costs and who is eligible to get what benefits. Notice every promotion or new feature says "conditions apply"? Exactly, so I know what's going to happen. Some of who did run go switch as June 22 came will realise the other lane might not be what they thought. Good luck when you want to switch back!

I'm not saying I'm ungrateful for the ability to switch. It's great for development, a sign of Jamaica moving with the times, and for those who genuinely feel they need to make the transition, it's a big step. Good fi dem. But nuh worry 'bout me, because like Beenie Man said "I'm okay". Later.

• Tell me if you're switching at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com.