Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution


12 Responses to “Shareholders take Vodafone to account for network shutdown during Egyptian revolution”

  1. Gulliver says:

    Customers: they can’t pay their phone bill if they’re dead, in prison or broke cause some dictator robbed them blind. Catch-22 that.

  2. retepslluerb says:

    This fishing for eyeballs with misleading headlines gets really annoying. 

    About anyone can buy some stock and have the five minutes at the shareholder meeting. And if the higher-ups are polite, they even prevent to listen when the small shareholders speak. (Which can be quite interesting, by the way.)

    • Gulliver says:

      That’s the point, I think.

      You just explained why the headline is not misleading.

      • retepslluerb says:

        The headline is technically correct, yes. Like “Britons think the End of the World is near” would be, if I walk by Hyde Park and take notes.

    • IamInnocent says:

      Technically, the headline seems right since Access acted in accord with others. It still is not as informative as it could have been since Access acted first as a human right NGO and its being a shareholder, although interesting to notice, stands at the periphery of the subject matter.

      If we watch the webcast we can see how agreeable is the gentleman who delivers the response in the name of Vodafone. I find this always an eerie experience to see how much well raised those speakers are, taking into account that telcos, like any other “well-run business”, would let anyone die if it paid them enough.

    • Cory Doctorow says:

      Presumptions of bad faith from people who don’t RTFA are even more annoying, trust me.

      As it happens, AccessNow was there on behalf of several large institutional investors.

  3. Andrew Wood says:

    Maybe if they’d constructed a statement that people can understand without reading four times first, they might have had more impact.

  4. betatron says:

    let me try a rewrite: “You perfidious bastards betrayed us when we needed you the most.  DIAF so we can replace you with someone trustworty.”  good luck with that.

  5. z4ch says:

    Ugh… shudders at the thought of a world where every car on the road is a white BMW 1 series.

  6. Guido says:

    Lots of people, specially in developing countries, use prepaid service, so if they don’t call, cannot run out of credit and buy more cards. How does that helps the company?

    Not everybody has a credit card.

  7. Mantari Damacy says:

    Shareholders: “…and ask that you consider adhering to the practices outlined in the action plan”

    Vodafone: “Okay! We considered it! We’re going to keep on doing what we’re doing. Glad we could help. Next!”

  8. SedanChair says:

    I’m sure that in future, cell service will be a sign of whether “the West” approves of your revolution.

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