The best part about using the phones here in Tanzania is every time I put more credit on my phone it feels like I am playing the lottery.
You see the phones here work much different from the phones in North America. If I want to call someone I must have Tanzanian Shiling credit, if I want to send an SMS (that’s what the rest of the world calls a text) I must have credit. However if I don’t want to spend credit to talk to someone I can do what we call, flash someone (and no it's not what North America things of as flashing). Flashing is where I call them and hang up before they answer. They see I have called and call me back and end up paying for the phone call- it’s kinda like calling home collect. If I don’t have any credit I can still take phone calls, just not make them. If I am talking on the phone and I run out of credit, to bad for me.
When that happens I get to “play the lottery”. When I buy credit they give you a little card and on the back you must scratch off the silver and type in the code for your credit to be activated.
I love it. Each time I play, I win! I always break even and I always am left feeling that it was a good day to play.
Let me know if you want to play the lottery. You can, and I’m sure you’ll win too.
500tsh is $.32
1,000tsh is $.63
5,000tsh is $3.15
Here’s to the Tanzanian Phone Lottery!