Let’s face it. We’re an internet crazed generation. Whether its rushing to work on a gloomy Monday morning or having the time of your life on a weekend getaway, the internet is not something we can stay away from for too long. Thanks to our smartphones, we don’t have to. Our smartphones have pretty much become an extension of ourselves now. Recognizing this, companies, particularly the telecom providers constantly make an effort to provide services that revolve around this domain. Today, we’ll be taking a look at one such service. Say hello to cliQ, a mobile app exclusively for Etisalat prepaid customers.
What’s cliQ all about?
You’re surfing the internet, going through your Facebook feed, checking your WhatsApp messages, maybe even stream a video or two. Next thing you know, you’re out of credit. Sounds familiar? Don’t worry. Its not just you. A lot of us prepaid users go through this experience. The issue becomes more problematic when you have no idea how much data all those apps consumes for background tasks. Hence, calculating the exact pricing beforehand gets a bit tricky. Certain smartphones do give you the option of keeping track of your data on a regular basis. But then again, not everyone has a smartphone with these sort of features.
Luckily, if you’re an Etisalat customer you might have a way around this. Dubbed cliQ, the app aims to address the above mentioned problem. How? simply by offering consumers with the ability of activating time based data plans.
How does cliQ work?
The app recently made an appearance at this year’s Social Media Day Colombo event, where the audience was introduced to cliQ. But how does it work exactly? The app offers different time based internet packages that caters to different needs. For example, if you’re looking at browsing Facebook for a quick few minutes, you can activate the 5 minute package. Perhaps you want to watch that video on YouTube. Then maybe the 15 minute package might suit your needs. All these packages can be activated immediately via the app. You also have the option of activating multiple packages as per your need.
Using the app
Using the app is pretty straightforward. Download the app from Google Play Store. Open the app and type in your Etisalat number. Once you do so, the app will send a code to your phone which in turn will automatically register your number. That’s all you need to do to set up. In case you’re wondering, the folks at Etisalat will be soon be releasing the app on the iOS App store as well.
Now its just a matter of choosing your package. On the screen, tap on any one of the options available. A second tap is needed for confirmation. From there on, you’re good to go. Once your package ends, you can always extend the connection. don’t worry, cliQ will notify you of your connection status. So you’re always conscious and you know exactly how much you’ve spent browsing the internet. The app also allows you to check your balance at any time. Hence, giving you better control of your internet usage.
Another thing that I found rather welcoming on cliQ was the welcome package. This offered first time users 2 hours of unlimited browsing with unlimited data. Not a bad way to welcome new users if you ask me.
In this day and age, being off the internet on your smartphone hardly ever happens. So, having an app like cliQ is no doubt beneficial. But from a user’s point of view, the app could probably use some upgrades. For example, you don’t have the option of pausing your package and resume it later on. Maybe this doesn’t make sense for the small packages. But for the folks who use the longer packages might find this useful. Nevertheless, this isn’t exactly a deal breaker though.
All in all, cliQ pretty much serves its purpose. Moving forward maybe we’ll see more from the app. But until then, if you’re an Etisalat user with a prepaid connection, this app is sure to make life easier for you and your internet surfing.