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So... Don't get the chance to rant very often but here goes. I'm deeply saddened at the plight of cellphone owners in my region, the Caribbean. For most of us, owning a brand new Samsung Galaxy S7 just isn't practical so we settle for something a little lower down the spectrum. For me, it was the Digicel DL1000.
Now I'm going to stand proud and say I'm a tech enthusiast and I follow the trends as they develop. What I'm annoyed over is what I see as a trend by providers throughout the region to sell lower end Chinese manufactured phones, specifically in this case the Digicel DL1000 which is a rebranded Alcatel Pop 3 5.5. Understand this. I like this phone, it's got a great camera combo for the price, 13MP rear/8MP front, the ubiquitous (in this price range) MediaTek CPU which does what it's supposed to more or less. What galls me are the following.

1. 8GB of internal memory, of which out of the box a huge chunk is occupied by the OS, the system also reserves even more for provider pre-installed apps, of which there are many, none of which you can uninstall. So the fact of the matter is that your internal storage is more than halved before you can install even a single app of your own. They claim this is mitigated by fact that you are able to move apps to the Micro SD card, again however, this is not the case with every app and with games and indeed apps in general constantly growing, you can see where we're at...

2. It's 2016, why in God's name is any phone being launched in 2016 running Lollipop? For the love of God! It's a two year old OS! Even more annoyingly, Digicel! You're encouraging me to use my phone to do online topups which involve the use of my credit card, inviting me to use my phone for online shopping and you can't even insist at the very least that your hardware partner maintain regular security updates? The last security update issued for this phone was December 2015 and that was out of the box. This is absolutely reprehensible to say the least. Shame Digicel!

3. I love how you push your bigger better 4G network, but again... To be selling a phone that sits at the pinnacle of your Digicel branded line and it's a 3G phone in 2016 is I'd say an epic fail... Really...

In summation, it's not only Digicel guilty of these slick moves (FLOW you're no better) look at the ridiculous amount of BLU cellphones and other budget brands sold throughout the region and you'll see exactly what I mean. They hobble together perfectly functional phones, ship them and forget them... So be it... But if I'm buying this phone from a provider and to add insult to injury they're going to slap their branding proudly on it at the very least, get on the phone, email, fax, smoke signal, carrier pigeon, telepathic connect etc and let your hardware partner (TCL/Alcatel) know they need to provide support, on an ongoing basis, stop letting these Chinese manufacturers use third world regions as dumping grounds for these budget phones, they may be cheap to manufacture but they're certainly not cheap for the average consumer in the region to purchase, and the practice isn't going to stop until you, the provider put your foot down and demand better. BTW, I raised this issue with Digicel directly via email and was told by a rep that they'd be engaging the manufacturer blah blah blah blah.... Approximately three months now, they're probably swimming to China to have talks...
If anyone reading this feels the level of frustration I feel, please, comment and lets nag the living hell out of our providers to do more! I wanted to find a meaningful Digicel group here on Google+ to send this to but... Anyone knowing of any or can reshare effectively feel free to. 
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