It's hard to believe such chaos rose from Mtel's good intentions.
Mtel is *only* going to give you a SIM card and what you get with it
is phone number and XX minutes so you can talk to other people without
them charging you and XX mb of data transfer (3g). You're not gonna
get the actual handsets. They'll give it to us, it's up to you if you
want to take it or not.
You won't give any personal information once you get the SIM card,
there are no obligations, it's just for you to be able to talk to each
other via phone while you're here, that's it. Once you used all the
data and calling minutes, you're out you can throw the SIM away. No
contracts no nothing.
They got onto this idea after "DebConf11 trailer" that is after
Moray's and Holger's visit after discussion was started where you
could get a phone number and some calling minutes. This discussion got
to their CEO and in the end they decided they could give you away
these phone numbers for free. This was their nice gesture, and if they
heard about this whole topic and what was discussed in it they would
prolly pull back the offer.
I don't know if you can understand it or not, but no one is trying to
impose something on you, no one is trying to sell anything you don't
wanna buy, in plain English no one is trying to screw you over.
Government, sponsors, local team and I are giving our best to provide
you with experience you won't forget, but it seems to me the more good
things we do you only take the wrong way.
Get it into your head, we're not some banana country, we're on our way
to make it into EU. One of the goals of DebConf11 is to break these
stereotypes and whatever else it is. Moray and Holger were here,
please ask them I'm sure they got here with certain level of
prejudice, but ask them with what opinion and thought did they leave?
In meantime do the reality check and just ... chillax. You have no
idea how hard it's to work with unneeded situations like this one. If
in doubt about something, talk to somebody else before just going
mental on the mailing list.
On Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 9:23 PM, Dejan Marjanovic
> I think they will hand out so called FREND packages, they cost about
> 25euro here in retail.
> It is basically prepaid SIM with 2.5e credits, phone (Samsung or
> Alcatel or Huawei), charger, and instructions.
> Adnan, if you can, do ask for Alcatel because they are much more
> advanced than Samsung. They have SD card slot and camera, therefore I
> think they can be connected to laptop and act as a modem.
> You can use SIM card in any phone you want, but you cannot use other
> network SIM in the mobile phone you get (I can unlock them btw :]).
> Here's a pic: http://k.min.us/idm976.jpg
> Dejan Marjanović
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