How did you reach out to friends pre-GSM?
By Blustar Entertainment
14 December 2015 | 2:02 pm
Before the launch of the Global System for Mobile communications in Nigeria, Nigerians had various ways of communicating. We asked a cross-section of people how they reached out to friends and associates prior to 2001.
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