Aren't you annoyed at some inconsiderate people who give you a "missed call" on your mobile phone and expect you to call them back ?. Another variation of this is the standard text (sms) message that says "please call me". I personally have not received very many missed calls or call me text massages. If I did, I would just ignore them - no call backs from me. Or if I'm feeling sarcastic, I would return their missed call, by giving them missed calls in return, or send them back a standard call me back text. My motto is, if you cannot afford to use a mobile phone, don't. Send an email, instead.
I'm thus not surprised to read the report in Yahoo News that this "missed call" practice is prevalent in 3rd world countries in Africa as well.
Giving a missed call is also called "beeping" or "flashing" in some African countries.
According to the report, there is even a "social protocol" for this practice, namely:
- Beep richer guys than you
- Don't beep someone if you intend to ask a him favour
- Don't beep your girlfriend
- sales people (call me back, I want to ask you something about your service / product)
- students (aiyah, no prepaid credit lah !)
- men with "working class" female friends (the girls will always beep the guys)
- those with cheapskate "friends"