Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The annoyance of Nextel permanent link   6 comments
Lima is a great, big city.
There are many things I like, certainly more than the stuff I don't like. I expressed my feelings many times in this blog. I love the closeness to the ocean, the desert climate, the surfing, the tradition and sense of heritage, the people's friendliness and the expression of love everywhere, the kissing, caressing couple in the middle of the street, the sense for beauty in regard to flower beds and parks..... and so on.
Then there are the things I can tolerate because I know that different cultures have different habits and traditions and because most people's income doesn't allow buying environment-friendly cars or ride fancy buses or Mercedes cabs.
I can also tolerate the pollution, the burocracy, the tardiness, the ever-present policemen and security men to prevent crime in the first place and the lack of detectives who investigate after the crime. I lived in many places before, little villages, in the mountains, in the suburbs, downtown city 'A' or 'B' and I know nothing's perfect, there are pro's and con's on every street corner.

However, there are a couple of things that are truly annoying and worth improving:

The Latin Amerian 'unconsciousness' for garbage disposal and the disregard for the worldwide acknowledged medical hazard of noise, in particular the ever-honking cabs and buses and...

the Nextel walky-talky phones!!

Who in hell invented these phones? Whoever you are, shame on you! Your intentions may have been honorable and you probably make tons of money, but the noisy outcome is disastrous.
I went to the movies a month ago to see Spielberg's 'Munich' and within the first 30 minutes, 5 Nextel's started ringing in the audience. Now, every cellphone (or Handy, as they call it in numerous places) should be turned off when you walk into a public place, especially a movie theater. But the very distinguished walky-talky sound of a Nextel can easily be singled out because you hear BOTH parties talking! And this button-pushing ring sound every time you want to say something is just the worst.

I know the noisy walky-talky mode can be turned off and you can use the phone just like a regular cell phone, but nobody ever does. And you wanna know why? Because most people are already def from all the other street noises and it's the only way to hear what your calling counterpart has to say. It's a classic 'devil's circle'.
Don't get me wrong, I welcome any competition for the overpowering, monopolistic 'Telefonica', whether it's 'Claro' or 'Nextel' but.....PLEASE, Limeños, show a little respect for your fellow citizens, your neighbors and the people standing next you.

I decided to sign up for a monthly membership at Blockbusters, even though it's a 30-minute walk each way and is not nearly the same experience you get in a movie theater. So today, on my way to return 2 DVD's, I heard 5 Nextel walky-talkies going off in the street and 2 more in the store... but I couldn't care less.


At 3/01/2006 10:36:00 PM, Blogger Cookie Munzter wrote...

excellent post, may i have linked (and translated) from my blog?, cause this cellphone guys seems not to care about turn their phones off in a public place and get mad when a fellow peruvian citizen ask them to shut the f... up!. So i think maybe they could consider a foreigner's advice.

At 3/02/2006 09:06:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

welcome to un lobo! Feel free to do whatever you like and whatever suits you :-)
I understand, in the grand scheme of things and looking at the big picture of Peru's problems and priorities, this is a rather minor complaint.
But somebody had to say it. And you have to start improving the little things, too.

At 3/02/2006 10:21:00 AM, Blogger Inka-Wolfy wrote...

btw, the fact that in most areas Peruvians are still allowed to use cell phones while driving a car IS SCARY! Many accidents can be blamed on that, especially in traffic-crazy Lima.
Most countries now have preventative laws installed which require handsfree devices.

At 3/19/2006 11:24:00 AM, Blogger De Luis wrote...

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At 3/19/2006 11:25:00 AM, Blogger De Luis wrote...

Yes, who invented those awful Nextel phones. I really hate them, and those people using them really like to show them off. I mean normally people would like to keep their conversations private. Those Nextel phones are just o way of showing that you have / can afford a cellular! Well here in Europe when mobile phones where new people “showed” them of hanging on their belts, these days that’s over, the phones are mostly hidden in a pocket. The noise pollution of mobile phones really is a big problem and it should be banned it’s simply a form of aggression.

At 6/23/2006 11:15:00 AM, Anonymous Edgard Porcel wrote...

There is a law forbidding cell phones while driving... but just like many other laws, it's ignored, unless a policeman is interested in having some money (don't misunderstand, sometimes it's a fine, sometimes... :P) from careless Peruvian driver...


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