Mobilink and Ufone quickly responded, like a rocket, to a move made by Telenor yesterday to charge additional 5 percent on all scratch cards and balance share reloads. We are missing Warid and Zong in this charges Gang.
So all Mobilink, Ufone and Telenor prepaid customers, don’t mind if you are deducted additional Rs. 5 when you load a Rs. 100 card. Now you guys will get Rs. 86 in you balance on Rs. 100 card reloads.
Update: Zong and Warid are also charging 5 percent on all card reloads and balance exchanges
Postpaid customers are currently spared from these service charges, but they must fasten their seat belts to absorb any shock in coming days, under the name of service charges (or say them over charges).
Hopefully cellular companies will not compete on these service charges. Apparently all cellular companies are following same rate (primarily set by Telenor, 5 percent), if not the case we may see hike in these service charges in coming months.
On a general note, Government should re-consider taxes on telecom services, in order to keep the growth intact. They must reduce taxes by at least 5 percent to compensate these so called service charges.