On Thursday I had a missed call from PCCW, a “duty manager” saying that they could install my Netvigator internet service. I called the guy back 4 times today and got voicemail 4 times. Finally he called me back after 9 PM.
He said there was now one line to the house and that they could install the internet service now and the NOW-TV and land line later. How much later? He didn’t know.
So I said to him, if there’s just one line, do the NOW-TV first and I’ll wait for the internet. He said, the line is not the right kind of line for the NOW-TV and if I want that first I have to wait for them to change the line. How much longer would I have to wait?
Then he typed for awhile and said, “Oh, it’s okay, we can use that line for the NOW-TV.” Then he typed some more and said, “Oh, it’s okay, we can install the Internet and the NOW-TV at the same time.”
Which is going to be this Sunday morning. If it really happens.
And as it happens, Sunday morning is when I’m flying off to the U.S. Odds are I won’t be here when the installation dude shows up. But my gf is thrilled – now she’ll have her GMA-TV again and she can watch Eat Bulaga* every day while I’m away – and after I get back too.
In terms of the Internet, Netvigator’s service will be 2 to 3 times slower than the 4G service I’ve been using for the past 8 months. But the 4G service is volatile, for lack of a better word. Some days it’s slick and silky, but others not so much. In the past week it’s been very unstable, cutting out frequently and often slowing down. Presumably Netvigator will be more consistent, even if it’s just a crappy 8 Mbps compared to the 1,000 Mbps people in the more urban areas of HK receive – at the same price.
* Presumably they won’t be mentioning the scandal or sex tape featuring Eat Bulaga’s rotund (and married) Wally Bayola and EB Babe Yosh Rivera, but it’s on Youtube for anyone who cares to dig around a bit.