Broken bone insurance, what is that? You might be thinking that I am finally going off the rails with this blog post.
Now with all the hype and tensions around the re-registration of all Sim cards for both nationals and non-Ugandans. I found the phone call I received from my UTL customer service provider very odd.
In the context of what was going on (registration deadlines, stampedes at Kololo airstrip grounds) I found it bizarre that what UTL was selling was broken bone insurance. Broken bone insurance, of all things! Why would you be selling broken bone insurance and how relevant is it for the current times especially in the context of the brand's performance and money woes.
Now many of you must be wondering, UTL… what are you doing on UTL network? Well here is the simple answer. I am fiercely loyal to a fault so I stick with whatever it is I have invested in and hope and wait that it is worth it until all signs show that there is no hope of resuscitation. But this time my patience and resolve were tested and I finally snapped. Below is the conversation that transpired between the call center person and me.
Call center agent: ‘’Good morning, hello I am Sam calling from Uganda Telecom.’’
Me: ‘’Good morning, Sam what is this about?’’
Call center agent: ‘’I would like to ask you if you have re-registered your Sim card?’’
Me: ‘’No, I have not.’’
Call center agent: ‘’Well, you need to otherwise you will be disconnected from the network and not be able to make or receive any calls.’’
Me: ‘’Oh, s you have not disconnected me yet? I thought you had as I have not been able to make calls or send a message over the last 3 weeks. Anyway, what is this call about? ’’
Call center agent: ‘’Broken bone insurance. So all you have to do is opt in for the service by utilizing a minimum of 5,000 worth of airtime over a month to benefit from 200,000 worth of cover for an accident. ’’
Me: ‘’So, let me get this straight. You want me to use at least 5,000 worth of airtime to call/ SMS and then I qualify to get insurance. Now, this insurance is only valid when I break my leg?’’
Call center agent: ‘’Yes, that is correct.’’
Me: ‘’Are you serious?’’
Call center agent: ‘’Very madam. So if you are in an accident and break your leg you go to get a medical checkup and bring the paperwork to UTL service center and after 2 – 3 days of processing we pay the amount of bill up to 200,000Ugx.’’
Me: ‘’So, during the 2-3 days what am I supposed to be doing? Limping around in pain.’’
Call center agent: ‘’Uhh, no madam but we need to 3 days for processing the money.’’
Me: ‘’So if the broken bone shatters and punctures a major artery or vein, I wait for you to process the money, huh!’’
Call center agent: ‘’Madam that is the procedure.’’
Me: ‘’You must be crazy! Anyway, forget that it is not your fault.’’
Call center agent: ‘’So do I register you?’’
Call center agent: ‘’Then, can I check your history and sort out your issues with your line?’’
Me: ‘’No, do not do anything I am fine. Have a good day.’’
Call center agent: ‘’Madam…’’
I cut him short with another goodbye after all the network had been spamming my inbox for week’s every morning with this broken bone nonsense. Telecoms, you need to be in tune with your customers and be relevant not add to the additional noise we receive every day. So it was out with UTL and in with Airtel.