Month: May 2011

Bemobile’s new dual SIM handset – Blue Chip 102


  • VGA Camera
  • Memory Card Slot in
  • Fm Radio
  • Dual Sim (You can use both Bemobile & Digicel SIM cards)


For orders and inquiries do not hesitate to contact:


Laurence Tau

Sales & Marketing Department

Promotion Coordinator-NCD/Central

Cell: +675 76653355

T: +675 3259400

F:+675 3259428


Bemobile Limited, Level 2,

Bemobile Building, Section 38,

Lot 2 Waigani Drive,

PO Box 1055, Waigani,

NCD, Papua New Guinea

Opps…I forgot the PIN

A friend posted something about his bank card not working after piling up food at the checkout counter on Facebook recently. Fortunately, a kind lady offered to buys his food which he kindly declined. The post brought back a memory of a similar incident that happened to me.

It was late last year, I can’t recall the exact date but I know it way payday and I rushed to the supermarket that afternoon. I went along the aisle and started collecting without even checking the prices. There were a lot of people and wasting time would mean a very long wait at the checkout queue.

So I quickly gathered all my stuff and walked to the counter. I chose the one with the shortest line and soon it was my turn to checkout. The clerk totalled my groceries and amounted to a little over K100.00. I give her that magic card and she swipes it against the machine. I enter my PIN but the system declines, I try a couple more time to no avail so I tell her to hold my groceries and I would come back after I visited the ATM across the street.

As soon as I stand at the ATM, I realised what I had done. Absentmindedly I had entered 5 digits instead of the normal 4. So with a smile I put in the card and punch the right PIN. As soon the machine logs in, it sends me a message that I had exceeded the allowed number of times to input an invalid PIN and it would retain my card. What!?

Yes. I had to slowly and humbly walk home after this experience. I never went back to inform the checkout clerk that couldn’t make payment and I’m sure she probably said some cussing words when she had to return the items but I was too embarrassed to go back.

Anyway, lesson learned. Never forget your PIN, never rush when doing home shopping and most importantly never enter the same PIN 3 times if it doesn’t accept it the first couple of times.

Band up and fight piracy

Entertainers in Papua New Guinea (PNG) must band together and lobby the government to establish a body to police pirating. In JK’s weekly column last week, he brought to light the plight of struggling artists like Anslom, who although a superstar in the music industry is struggling because of his music being openly pirated.

The only organisation that seems to be taking a stand against pirating is CHM. However, they are interested in protecting only their interests. As a result, you will find that CHM produced audio CD, cassettes and DVDs are not pirated in Port Moresby whereas other centres this is rampant because of the lack of their presence. Unfortunately, this leaves others in the entertainment industry open to pirating. These others include international labels as well as local labels.

The way forward is for the government to put aside their petty politics and really look into this serious issue. Pirating is a billion kina industry which the government receives no tax from – literally millions of kina in revenue is lost annually. The money from these transactions too, being unaccounted for, may eventually end of funding the wrong organisations like the crime syndicates or even terrorist networks.

The onslaught of pirating too will affect our international image and in turn the confidence of potential investors especially in the entertainment industry. A country in which pirating is openly practiced portrays a lax of business security.

The onus now stands with the entertainers like Anslom, Uralom, O-Shen, Hausboi, JW and the others to band together and lobby the government for help. Trying to do it alone is too expensive and in the long run the pirates will win. To help them in their cause, they can lobby support from the international community to pressure the government of the day to take action.

Although, the copyright act is enabled, there is no one actually policing it, allowing pirates to run amuck. The police and ICCC and others do not seem interested in this issue or maybe are too overloaded with other responsibilities. Hence a separate body is needed to focus on the issue of entertainment pirating, allowing other agencies to focus on other areas. This will also provide peace of mind for entertainers, investors and consumers like me.