Internet Coma – Vodafone UX bug

Vodafone  prepaidhas many different internet packs, with different data limits and day validities. I was using a 1GB pack with a one month validity. This was not an unlimited plan, and once the 1GB data was used, the plan gets exhausted. My data used was at a 90% level with lots many days remaning validity. Since I was planning much more extensive use, I bought a new internet pack of 651 with more GBs.

This is the way this works in vodafone:

  1. When a new internet pack is bought, instataneously they stop the older plan, whatever be the data remaining, or days of validity remaining.
  2.   The user first gets an SMS confirming Recharge of the said amount. This does not have any mention of internet packs or any plan. This is the SMS text, “Rchrg of MRP Rs 651.0 on 17-Dec-14 successful. Tlktime rcvd Rs 1.07, STax Rs 71.61, AccessFee Rs 5578.32, New Bal Rs 381.13. TransID Tn 1231232123. Dial *111# for a/c info.” The main intention of a user installing an internet plan is to get more data, and day validity. This sms does not tell about these two important pieces of information.
  3.  After a few moments we get another SMS. This is what it says, “Your request for Data pack BC651 is successful. Please wait for Data pack activation SMS before using the service. Dial *121# to know your best data pack offer.”  While I might want to know the best data pack offer, but not at this moment. The moment right after I bought a data pack. This message is better suited if it comes when my data pack is about to end. Also the main thing now I need to know is when will my pack be activated.
  4. And then the third SMS hits you in the face. “Your previous internet pack has been overwritten by the new internet pack. Dial *111# to check balance.”

So I not just wasted a bit of data, and a bit of validity. Even after buying another data pack, I need to wait for it to get activated. And the time it takes to get activated is much more than a few minutes. It did get activated. After about 1.5 hours.

 A good UX would have deactivated the old plan only when the new one gets activated. An even better plan would have given be the balance data from the old plan. 


Blood Simple – A review

I could only catch glimpses of ‘No country for old men‘, fighting for the remote in between the IPL cricket matches. From what I saw, I was deeply intrigued by the Coen brothers. So the next logical step was to download their first movie, ‘Blood Simple’.

blood simple by coen brothers
blood simple by coen brothers

The movie begins with scenes of desolation, and a guy commenting on the scheme of things. He finishes of by saying,

‘..But what I know about is Texas. And down here, you’re on your own.’

And this line neatly sums up one layer of the film. With all the bloodletting that we see, we never see the hand of law anywhere. And as I said this movie has several layers. The top layer points to the idea that breakups are not easy and when they occur, they usually make people do idiotic things. Things which if they had reconsidered they would not have done. And the second layer is that every character stands up for their own self when it comes to survival. There is no, ‘somebody save me’ in this movie.

The plot is interesting enough that you would get tired of trying to predict and failing. Another remarkable facet is the editing. The cuts are phenomenal, and more so the cuts which are integral to the narrative. Like the scene when the detective goes for the kill and stands by the window. Also the background music which in its absence doesn’t let you miss it, and with its presence makes the scenes richer. If you are thrill seeking, drama loving, you have to watch it. And I will get on with other Coen brother films.