How long does an average postpaid simcard, or any simcard for that matter lasts? A year, 5 years? I find it amusing that in recent years, I've faced multiple simcard failures. A total of 4 sim cards died on me, and 3 of it weren't even mine, but of my supplementary lines. I'm using Celcom Postpaid by the way.
Sim card #1 - (Main number) Died on me after 2 years of usage in 2010.
Sim card #2 - (1st supplementary number) Died on my dad after 8 months of usage in 2010.
Sim card #3 - (2nd supplementary number) Died after 6 months of usage in 2010.
Sim card # 4 - (Main number) Died on me after 5 months of usage in 2011.
All the time these simcards were housed in their respective phones. In my case, it never left my iPhone. So how does it just die off? Ok, maybe I might have used my iPhone too extensively, but how do you explain the other 2 cases. My dad rarely uses his phone, and the majority of his calls were from family members.
|My dead Celcom simcard|
Due to this, I had to face the inconvenience of driving to the Celcom branch in Ampang, braving the traffic jam, just to replace my simcard. For all my troubles, I could not get a direct answer from the personnel in charge when I asked what went wrong with my simcard. Celcom doesn't even take back the spoilt sim for failure analysis.
Currently Celcom only warrants the first sim card failure, subsequent failures will be charged. I wonder if other telecommunications companies (Digi, Maxis) faces this same issue?
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