Where in Karachi does a cell phone show this??


I was roaming around the city and its outskirts yesterday, when my brothers cell phone started showing this network availibility on the screen. When i checked mine, it too was out out of network signals for Ufone.

Can you guess the locations?
PS…this is not one of the standard “where in karachi” quizzes..!

19 Comments so far

  1. karachi4eva (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 7:04 am

    thats an Antique fone , put it in museum!! and buy a better fone! (j/k)

  2. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 9:25 am


    screen shows its from India-Airtel service…but one can set any label on screen?

    I was seimens user in 2000(C35),but I am big nokia fan now

  3. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 1:23 pm

    Well, this is my youngest brothers phone and it is a c55.
    Additionally, this is an authentic network display, nothing planted on the screen.

  4. Mythbuster (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 9:14 pm

    Bhai… your phone is probably made for the Indian market (also sold in Dubai and brought to Karachi by “khappiya”). Check for preset Indian tune ringtones inside…

    When you were on the outskirts of Karachi with sporadic coverage, you moved between cell towers and the “tower ID” changed. The phone, since it was made for the Indian market, mistook the weak signal for something more familiar… a signal from Airtel.

    Thats my theory anyway.

  5. sarah (unregistered) on March 24th, 2006 @ 10:29 pm


  6. Danny (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 12:44 am

    What area of Karachi was this? And could you give your service provider details — I have been looking for ways to call my friends and relatives in India from a cellphone and it looks like you just found a way. This is awesome — Did you try calling an Indian number?

  7. wasiq (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 1:33 am

    SARAH! stop it! gives me the creeps……

  8. sarah (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 4:37 am

    stop what, I am just smiling. DID i DO something WRONG !!!!:7 :D !!!

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 7:35 am

    Sarah,you just pissed him off :D

  10. sarah (unregistered) on March 25th, 2006 @ 11:53 pm

    pissed him off ????ON WHAT !!!

  11. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 1:27 am

    by making faces like (“:D”) :>

    @Danny:how miser you are,are you a memon or some banya?:D,call rates are so cheap now and you are seeking a difficult approach to talk your relatives.I bet you havea GF in India and you dont wana spend so much money on her:d

  12. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 1:47 am

    this phone was bought at the Siemens outlet in Saddar…so i doubt the Khepiya theory…and additionally, it woudl need an airtel sim to register on their network.

    For the record, any cell phone will show the closest available network….being made for india or any other country really doesnt matter.

  13. sarah (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 4:46 am

    lolz @ adnan

  14. xccxcxcx (unregistered) on March 26th, 2006 @ 5:02 pm

    Tell me the location please….
    Not Banya/Mamon but i m With Danny…..
    Most people don’t know calling India is 2.5-4.5 times costly than USA

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 3:20 pm

    Yeah its costly when you are going to call your Tamil girlfriend :>

    I have relatives in India and rates are quite reasonable,use calling cards.

  16. Jay the big J (unregistered) on March 27th, 2006 @ 9:54 pm

    After so many days I read metro blogs today and I saw 2 things which defy Common sense One was Minto’s Upside down Tube with over flowing Tooth past, and the second one is This AirTel Display…..
    By the way did you try making some phone calls, may be we can talk free Via Airtel :)

  17. Sajjad (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 1:23 am

    Well I know the problem that u faced,its not unusual,infact its the biggest problem faced by the Mobile Operator Companies the World over,cuz due to these network clashes many people cheat by makin long calls with no records in any network,i saw this thing happening a lot in Africa and Middle East.So don worry its nothing unusual…
    And yes Sarah,i think U donno hw costly its is to call India,I have to call my sweet heart,she is in Mumbai,but still inspite of knowing the costs I do call her as much as possible…

  18. sumit (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 1:39 am

    hey inspirex, maybe u were next to d arabian sea n d signal came from gujarat…!! thats cool
    u must b having international roaming acitavted !!thats y it must hav workd

    n danny, if u try to call using this tech, it wud b only more expensive i guess coz u’d be charged internation roaming charges :d

    hi people !!m sumit here from mumbai…i’v been reading this blog 4 long..just thot bout commmenting today :)

  19. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 28th, 2006 @ 11:07 am

    Hmm. Possibly thats why it didnt register with the network. I needed to have international roaming enabled.
    And yeah, i was at the edge of karachi, right next to the arabian sea.
    And a very warm welcome from karachi to our neighbours. Feel free to drop in more often!

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