5000 Minutes, Rs 199 and PTCL

PTCL, in wake of its recent offerings, has come up with another interesting and seemingly no-catch package, Pakistan Package.

Pakistan Package Includes:

    Free NWD calling, PTCL to PTCL and (PTCL to Vfone) pre-activated for all PTCL fixed line subscribers 24/7 and throughout the month.
    Fixed monthly fee of Rs. 199 + tax (in addition to the monthly line rent)
    Fair usage policy to deter over use. Ceiling minutes of use is 5,000 minutes /billing cycle.

For details of package, Click Here.

8 Comments so far

  1. shaibee (unregistered) on December 4th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    Yes on the utility end, if you are among the ones who have relatives in all corners of Pakistan, and you love talking to them every now & then, its a great package.

    But the bad thing is the default activation of this package for all subscribers.

    You need not activate it, rather you need to deactivate it if you are not interested. Otherwise you will be billed with Rs 199+tax in December bill.

    Majority of the subscribers will come to know this after getting the bill and yelling at the customer services. Another majority will silently pay this as for them paying 200+something is “whats the big deal”. And yet another majority who doesn’t know how to translate the itemized bill will continue paying after saying, “bill is a little much but may be somebody would have hooked the wire”.

    For such offers, these are usually subscribe-only, and not default-activated.

    A good profit-making strategy I would say, but unethical.

  2. MB (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 9:44 am

    with justice being butchered there is no hope of anyone going to courts against this misleading advertisement. Its not only NOT FREE completely its not for ALL PAKISTAN too.

    Secondly why we have been given a service for 199 when we never asked for it at first place.

    And here is the answer why :-
    So we waste our time and energy in de-activating it and in the end loose some bucks.

    This is corruption in simple words

  3. 1967 (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    PTCL like any other public-private sector, corrupt, manipulative and bureaucratic organization in this country is a text book example of wrip offs, unethical business, and mis management. They screwed up the calling card business, and would simply not allow deregulation. Now the out of country calling rates are sky high. The ad in the news is misleading, and PTCL is just trying to charge innocent customers who don’t even know if this service exists or not. Just a cheap scam to hit revenue targets. So the nation is caught up with the PIAs, KESCO, IESCO, and PTCLs of Pakiland who are making a fool out of their people with the blessings of the corrupt government…. No one really cares about the poor customers….

  4. Sam (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    It means 199+ Line Rent+ Local call bill or dues?

  5. Talha (unregistered) on December 5th, 2007 @ 2:35 pm

    I liked the previous Green package better, and although all criticism makes sense, but packages like these do help to people like me who have family and friends scattered overall Pakistan.

  6. Zeeshan (unregistered) on December 6th, 2007 @ 9:33 am

    I have called PTCL Call center 1236 again and again many times but could not get the service deactivated. Their system is always too busy to process the request. I think they have programmed it to do so. They are doing a very good job in trying to champion the corruption tournament of Pakistan.

  7. Hassan Abbas (unregistered) on December 7th, 2007 @ 12:54 am

    rightly pointed out by shaibee.

  8. ashaikh (unregistered) on December 7th, 2007 @ 1:52 am

    Purely an unethical way to raise profits (of the order of millions of rupees) in just one month.

    Deactivating the service was as easy as pressing 1,2,3. Had no problems, I just hope that the system works and they dont still bill me for the package.

    Btw, “Now the out of country calling rates are sky high”. This claim (in a comment above) is simply non-sense. I remember calling US for Rs.30/minute 4-5 years ago. Now its around Rs.2/minute.

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