LAHORE - Three cellular companies – Mobilink, Telenor and Ufone – will charge 10 paisas plus tax extra for each call made by their prepaid customers from next week.
The announcement had been made on the websites of these mobile companies, besides intimation to consumers through text messages.
It is expected that the two other mobile operators, Zong and Warid, would also impose similar charges soon.
A social website mentioned that it was highly unusual that all three operators were introducing call setup charges during the same week.
Telenor has informed their customers that call setup charges of 10 paisa plus tax will be deducted on every charged, free or bundle call from December 30, 2013.
Ufone’s text to customers read: “Dear Customers: Effective from 25th December 2013, a tariff increase of 10paisa + tax per call will be applicable on all PrePaid and Uth Pack local, nationwide and international calls and voice packages, including the offers, discounted rates and bundled offers made available there in.”
Similarly, Mobilink informed the customers as: “Dear Mobilink Customers: Effective 28th December, a call setup fee of 10 paisa + tax will be charged on all calls including discounted calls. The existing call setup fee of 15 paisa + tax on all local call base rates will be reduced to 10 paisa + tax as well.”