Published on September 25th, 2008 | by Babar Bhatti0
5% Services Charges Added To Prepaid Services
Dear Prepaid Customer, from now onwards 5% additional service charges (on recharge face value) will be applicable on all recharges via easyload / Jazz / UTopup or scratch card – for all prepaid customers – Telenor, Mobilink and Ufone.
This has been a rough year for Pakistan’s economy. Now the major mobile operators like Telenor, Mobilink and Ufone have increased the prepaid service cost by 5%. The recent downward trend of the economy has eventually hit the telecom industry. Industry analysts (and this blog) predicted tough situation for the telecom sector so it wasn’t a complete surprise. While the slowdown was expected, the speed at which rates are going up and service is going down is not good. On the one hand public should face the reality that telecom services are not going to be that cheap forever. More importantly, the government should keep its share of taxes within reasonable limits. Let the market figure out the prices. We have enough competition and mobile number portability. We just don’t need the burden of extra taxes.