PTCL launches new packages OR finds a new way to rip us off!

PTCL recently launched three brand new packages for its consumers. But where every other telco in the country is slashing its call rates and finding other ways to make money, PTCL has actually increased its rates! While almost brilliant in their design, the new packages can and will inflate your telephone bill quite a bit so be prepared for a hefty setback at the end of this month if you use your PTCL line at all.

Here’s how.

Before, each call used to cost Rs. 2. Even now, each call costs Rs. 2. But before, one call used to be for 5 minutes, before you were charged for another call. They have conveniently taken the call duration down to 2 minutes. Meaning that call charges per minute have increased by almost 150%! from 40 paisa’s per minute to 1 rupee.
And that’s not all. Sometime ago, off peak calls were metered at 1 hour! Meaning that you could talk for an hour for just Rs. 4. This went into effect after 4 PM all the way upto 7 AM. They’ve changed that, and now off peak calls are charged Rs. 2 again… but now only for 4 minutes and only between 9 PM to 8 AM.

This means an increase of 400% in per minute call charges, up from 0.06 paisa’s per minute to 0.25 paisas.

How’s that for a punch in the face? With electricity, wheat, oil and gas prices going up so.. basic telephony now follows suit.

By the way, the much criticized Pakistan package also got a little revamp, with its 5000 minutes monthly limit cut down down to 2500 minutes, essentially making these calls 100% more expensive. (You get half the value in Rs. 200 now than you did before).

Does this mean a new trend will start emerging in the telecom industry? Leading to higher call charges in the name of new packages?


All existing users have again been ’shifted’ to the new packages automatically. So much for having a say in how we want to be served…

Cross-Posted from Green & White

By Mansoor

5 Comments so far

  1. asifbiz on May 23rd, 2008 @ 10:04 am

    They are just waiting or the people to come and Burn them, like they do in KESCs cases.

  2. kabirdas on May 23rd, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

    You look at any problem in Pakistan, small or big, and if you think about it you will find that it emanates from absence of rule of law. This is why it is of utmost importance that our first priority should be to establish rule of law in this wretched country of ours. And this is the time to move in this direction by fighting for the restoration of deposed judges and by getting rid of those who stood by the side of the dictator.

  3. emran on May 24th, 2008 @ 10:36 am

    They give the options and impose it to us. Do we have any other choice?
    Great PTCL.

  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on June 2nd, 2008 @ 12:07 am

    Asifbiz I hope not :\

    Kabirdas But those judges have politicized their stances too .. do you think they’ll be able to stay just now?

    Emran And in case you want to pull out; you’ll be paying :S

  5. kabirdas on June 3rd, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

    Ref: A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) June 2nd, 2008 12:07 am
    How do you say that these judges have politicised their stance. I don’t think so. No, not all. They have not given a single political statement or talked to media about their stance. Please do not repeat what you may hear. Look at the facts as they stand. Think about them and then come to your own conclusion. Give me just one reason which makes you think they have been politicised. Their decisions have gone against certain individuals which is bound to happen in any legal case. Those individuals happen to be politicians. It does not mean that the judges have been pliticised.

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