Telecoms Replaces Network Bar With Sensitizing Phrases Globally

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Telecommunication companies around the world are already replacing the network bar in customers cellphone with “stay home” in response to the coronavirus

The messages are the company’s way of urging customers to stay at home reduce during the ongoing pandemic. In case you have not noticed yours, just the top left side of your phone screen beside the network symbol.

Social media consultant, Matt Navarra, who began in a tweet said the messages have started appearing on the phones of customers in Germany, courtesy of UK-based telecom Vodafone.

It is now showing in different countries all over the world including Romania (“Stamacasa”), Peru (“YoMeQuedoEnCasa”), Turkey (“EvdeKal”), and Indonesia (“DiRumahAja”). For people in Belgium, France, India, the message is either in their native language or English version.

Nigeria is also doing the same as MTN, 9mobile, Glo and Airtel join the band of networks who replaced their network bar with the phrase “Stay Safe”. I use MTN, but it has been changed to “Stay Safe”

It is however not clear whether it is a collaborative effort from the network providers or the companies are following the lead of another network company. Whichever way it is, the decision is just to show the public they care by using the small space they have control over.

Kudos to all Telecomms, great work. We care about you too!

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