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Unlimited internet access on your phone  - is it a good thing or a bad thing? Well depends on how you use it. I am not going to start a lecture now like moms and dads are supposed to do. I will just tell you my experience.

For many years I hardly ever used internet on my phones. Wifi connection was present. But why would you use it? Only time I used mobile internet was for testing my programs and for podcast addict - the downloaded podcasts were my sleeping pills. 

Mobile internet I would try now and then and would be scared to death by the mobile currency they would gobble. It took me a long time for me to realize that the kids who are always "connected" using phones, use internet packs. 

Next I tried using these internet packs - either they will be too expensive or valid for something like a day. 

All these changed when I got Jio. ( Let me clarify. I am not a brand ambassador of Reliance.)  I struggled a lot to get SIM. After many visits to reliance digital, I finally got the SIM in neighborhood shop paying 150 rupees. My intention was to use the sim for free voice calls. 

Free voice calls are free. But like all free things - they are absent  most of the times. No connectivity. OK, fine.  I accepted this fact and now when I can I make jio call, I use jio.

But internet is always present in this sim and till Dec 31st it is free too. So I downloaded and installed many apps, Uninstalled most of them. 

Now I am continuously using two learning apps. Learning apps - at the age of 51? Am I going to take an exam? Am I going to try for "jobs for seniors" ? None of the above.

I am going through some very difficult times. So the learning helps me a lot. Sense of achievement? I am not sure. But it is helping me wade through life.

And unlike a laptop learning, this mobile learning can be done anywhere  in front of the TV, during commercial breaks, while watching a serial I detest, while eating, any time. 

But minus point is the apps made me realize my c++ app is below par. Ok, Ok, C++ is much tougher concept to learn. But the ui and ux are not good. And my efforts in improving are not fruitful.

Anyways,  may be free internet access is not such a bad thing at all!

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