The last time I checked my email on phone was last night before sleep. I don’t feel like checking email on phone anymore today and forever.
It should have been a blissful morning. 0930 a.m, sunshine filtered by the window, warmth and quietness inside, and a routine email+twitter check-through. Would never have expected a notice like this saying” please upgrade to chinese version of opera mini for stable and fast service.” Bizarre logic: is switching to chinese version ever an upgrade; isn’t the incapability of chinese version to visit blocked sites like twitter right a full downgrade? But the worse was yet to come, whatever page I wanted to open it just kept redirecting me to this notice. Realizing this is a compulsory ‘upgrade’, I went on to see if re-downloading international version can solve the problem. Actually the only download page I can access has no more options for other versions except for an “English version”. And that English version is apparently a fake! How can an English version provide me with google china as its default search engine? And no wonder it’s always “time out” when I tried to access twitter or facebook.
I can, of course keep using opera mini chinese version or “English” chinese version to check my email, and there ARE third-party solutions for me to stay informed on twitter. But the service opera providse chinese users with is no longer trustworthy. The days when I can freely visit blogspot, the JIDF… has gone. It’s just a damn familiar UI that I can’t live without while the proxy turbo inside has been removed which I couldn’t live without even more!
I won’t fool myself into thinking I’m still enjoying free access just because I’m using an English version of Opera Mini. Thus I don’t feel like checking email on phone anymore today and forever; that’s absolutely unimaginable.
The company itself is innocent. Everyone knows it’s who to blame. Opera must have been forced to change the policy by them. I can’t calculate how much inconvenience they have created for me and how much loss of knowledge, waste of time etc. I can’t express my loathsome to anything about how to penetrate the blockade in fact. The more I know about it the more SHAME.