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Have phone done more harm than good in Nigeria ?



Have phone done more harm than good in NigeriaToday over the radio, the moderator raises a topic which surrounds ” Have Phones Done More Harm Than Good”. Response from callers unveiled the wrong perspective Nigerian parents have towards 21st Century technology – phones especially.

It disgust me when all the respondents who called in favoured phone has done more harm than good. They laid emphasis on the social  networks influencing young people negatively. They also pointed out that games keep young people busy doing nothing. They blatantly accused phone for spoiling children.

But they fail to realise that young people only do things which are interesting and engaging. Youths or children will always like to be busy. Sadly it turns out that many grown ups or parents don’t have anything to offer to the younger ones to grow them. Except sending them to school, leaving them to be swayed by bad societal influence.

Most Nigerian parents are more their glued to work than they are to family. They adopt the wrong method of parenting, smacking a child when a child does something wrong, ruining the parent and child connection and severing emotional state of the child – and they call it correcting. Children who received harsh training from parents don’t get any better. Many Nigerian parents are not even good at raising kids, all they want is to be a father or mother.

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It’s saddening after I found out that the parents who say phones have done more harm are not properly educated. They’re not aware of the benefits of phones if used properly to train a child.

A child or young person, who is not getting anything tangible from the parents or anyone, will go any extent to get something. Searching earnestly for some sort or engagement but won’t until they discover phones. Parents did not train them right so they do bad things with phones.

Look out for anyone who you see using phones for the wrong reasons then look out for how technology inclined the parents are. Parents who are not technology inclined in the century CANNOT raise their child properly. There is no way you can stop your child from having access to a phone. But you can checkmate what you child does with that phone only if you know what can be done with that gadget.

Your child so much into games because you have nothing as interesting as game to offer. You child finds it easy to tell his/her secrets to friends, probably on social media, because he or she doesn’t trust you anymore. When you beat and scold her like the world is going to end the next minute and destabilize the social morals.

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Phones happen to be very engaging, especially now when social networks are getting more interesting. With captivating contents that can glue you to one spot, exaggerated lifestyles that looks so real even if it’s fake, Funny things that easily takes away pain, social networks can shape the life of someone.

You can’t say phones have done more harm and put the blame on the phone that is an object being used by it’s subject in anyway pleasing. What I am trying to say is that, phones have done no harm at all. Rather humans have greatly abused it, turned it’s good services to serve the wrong purpose. Just like living life is good but people choose to abuse their own existence. I actually wrote part of this post with my phone mainly because my laptop was down, electricity is a problem in Nigeria. You can’t say the existence of phones have increased the immoral acts when immoral acts exited before phones and crept into the uses of phones. 

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TStv to Encrypt it’s Channels, roll out 62 Premium Entertainment Channels



TStv has announced that all of it’s Television channels will be encrypted. This means that the channels on TSTV will no longer be Free-to-air (FTA). The service provider also announced that it will include 62 premium Entertainment channels in it’s collection.

TStv channels will be encrypted starting from 11:50 on November 27th. Also, the premium entertainment channels will be included to the service on 28th November. Prior to the update, viewers will have to pick up a TStv Jolly Decoder at a dealer outlet.

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Owners of the Sassy Decoder are advised to visit any nearest dealer to get the decoder fully activated.

TStv currently has over 50 plus channels which in addy is the 16 premium entertainment channels coming soon.

TStv Africa is a owned Nigerian innovative Pay TV Operator that offer Pay As You View (PAYV) subscription, pause subscription, complimentary internet service and video call.

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TStv sometime went out of the market due to the challenges the company faced even to the “Satellite Providers”. The good news is that they began full operation on 20th August after NigComSat offered them 5 units of 35.5MHz transponders through a collaboration with Intertel, Federal Ministry of Communications and Nigcomsat.

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MTN APN Configuration That Works – Mobile and Modem



MTN APN is what is required to enable internet connection on your phone. APN is an acronym for Access Point Name. Access Point Name is typically the name of the gateway connecting your internet enabled device to the web through an internet service provider, such as MTN.

Most often we run into the problem of missing APN configuration and can’t surf the web with our phone or modem. If you have your APN configured before now and you still cannot browse, make the listed below are in order.

  • Data subscription balance
  • Data monitor app threshold
  • Other phones of same network can browse. Your inability to browse could be a general problem from the service provider at the moment.
  • Network signal reception

In Nigeria you can fall into the hands of the wrong people, who will charge you high amount of money in the name of configuring your phone for browsing.

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To get the configuration pushed automatically to your phone by MTN.

Send as a text message “Settings” to 3888. Without quotes.

If the above method fails to get you APN configuration, you can fall back to configuring it yourself which always works.

For Mobile phones, navigate to “mobile network” in settings through more connections option, and you should see APN configuration option there.

Note: If your device works just fine, you are advised not to go further. But if for a reason you deleted the pre-installed APN configuration and you want to get it back. You’re welcome. The configurations work for 2G, 3G and 4G network type.



MTN APN settings for smartphones (iOS and Android)

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Note: For MTN 4G MiFi modems, the above configuration works for such devices.


MTN APN settings for modems (U.S.B stick modems)

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Access Point Name is unique to every service provider and can come pre-configured in SIM cards. When you slot in a new SIM card into a phone, it goes through it’s initiation to the service provider’s system. The service provider can then push necessary configurations to the device. Devices with MTN SIM card making an internet connection must be configured with an APN to present to MTN.

MTN will then examine this APN to determine what type of connection should be created, for example: which IP addresses should be assigned to the wireless device, which security methods should be used, etc. All of which is done in a second by a programmed system.

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#ReallyFreeData, Airtel is dashing free data weekly on Recharge Plus



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Airtel NG is currently giving out free 250mb data to its subscribers so long as you keep recharging your line. The good news is that you get 250Mb every week, once you meet your recharging target. All Airtel users are qualified for this promo and it gets even better because you can use the data to access any website and content.


You can do the recharging through your bank and still get the reward. In total you enjoy 1GB monthly for simply topping up your airtime. You can use the airtime for regular uses, such as making calls and sending text, even subscribing to a regular data plan.

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Speaking of the requirements to enjoy this offer, Airtel NG says you have to recharge your line consistently. Consistently in order to meet your weekly target.

How it Works:

  • To get started, you have to first recharge your Airtel line.
  • Check your weekly target by dialing *479# or check your recharge notifications.
  • Recharge to hit your target
  • Get rewarded with 250MB free.
  • Dial *123# or *140#. to check balance
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Hard to say:

The free data bonus is valid till Sunday 23.59pm every week. You don’t get the reward twice a week, so no need beating the target twice. Airtel didn’t say how long the offer lasts, but it looks like one that its not going over yet. You can’t roll over any unused data. That is to say, once it expires, it’s gone, no renewals.

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