Mobilink Increases Balance Inquiry Charges

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Mobilink has announced a 50 percent increase in balance inquiry charges from April 17th, 2012.

An advert published in various newspapers today (also given here) read that charges for all balance inquiry services will be charged at 15 paisas plus tax (which would be 18 paisas including tax) from April 17th, 2012.

Earlier, balance inquiry charges were 10 paisas plus tax or 12 paisas including tax.

The saga of new charges from cellular operators is not new. Almost all operators are in constant habit of imposing additional charges or increasing current charges of value added services (which are usually free), such as calling help line, maintenance charges and so on.

It is feared that other operators will follow Mobilink and will increase balance inquiry charges from 12 paisas to 18 paisas per inquiry.

PTA’s Role in Curtailing Operators from Imposing Additional Charges:

PTA isn’t doing much in this regards. In fact, Chairman PTA Dr. Muhammad Yasin once officially told Senate Standing Committee on Cabinet Secretariat that authority could not ask operators to fix service charges. Dr. Yasin said that setting a ceiling price is impossible because the cost of operators has gone up due to increase in power tariff.

Committee members had proposed PTA to fix a ceiling on account of service charges that cellular operators regularly impose on mobile phone customers. But it appears authority is siding the telecom companies, leaving behind its motto of protecting consumers.

After PTA’s this decision of not regulating service charges, Competition Commission of Pakistan is the only hope for consumers, which can restrict operators from imposing such charges at industry level.

It merits mentioning here that government is also considering to impose 2 % radio tax on every reload from July 2012.


  • Maham

    Enjoy karo dosto Zong best hai no charges on balance check 3G launch ka sara paisa awam se hi loge? Main pure trust k sath kehti hon k in companies ko PTA k LAW mai koi aesa strong poing mil gaya hai k jitna chahe TAX increase karen PTA ka LAW inka kuch nahi kar sakta or pakistan ka LAW bh kuch nahi kar sakta islye jab dil kare charges Ziyada karte jao purana baaja hai bajate jao awaaz nahi niklegi

  • Maham

    Enjoy karo dosto Zong best hai no charges on balance check 3G launch ka sara paisa awam se hi loge? Main pure trust k sath kehti hon k in companies ko PTA k LAW mai koi aesa strong poinT mil gaya hai k jitna chahe TAX increase karen PTA ka LAW inka kuch nahi kar sakta or pakistan ka LAW bh kuch nahi kar sakta islye jab dil kare charges Ziyada karte jao purana baaja hai bajate jao awaaz nahi niklegi

  • iop

    zahir si baat hai jab TELENOR k hatho main ai ga tu wo lootay gay hi.dekh lo telenor ney apnay network se charges barha kar kitna loot rahay hain aur ab tu mobilink bhi in k hatho main aaraha hai tu ab ye dono taraf se awaam ko khol k lootein gay.

  • Askani

    Mubarak ho……….. Wait and watch………..

    • maqsood

      sahi kaha ………….. ruko aur agay agay daikhoo kia hota hai

  • Azi

    jeyaaaa Bhutooo !!! mil k mutooo

    • babaji

      shaheed benazir bhutto ore bhutto shaheed ki qurbaniyaan rayiga nahi jayegi. Zardari ko tax do kyun k unho ne ore bhutto family ne pakistan ko azaad krwaya 1947 mein. oh wai-

      jiye bhutto,
      maray pakistani awaam.

      i hope tum log is baar phir isi PPP ko select kro.

  • Azi

    jeyaaaa Bhutooo !!! mil k lutooo

  • zain

    jab bijli gas nahi ho gi tou yehi ho ga.
    sukar karo yeh companies abhi b chal rahi hai.
    werna agar yeh kisi din bhag b gaey tou hairan na hona

  • Muhammad Anas

    Dam`n Moblink and Telenor. They both are the “looters“ of nation. That`s the reason the attacks on their franchises were happened.

    Aik tu 100 ka balance lod karnay per 20 rupay katwao phir balance check kernay per bhi in ko paisy do.

    PTA For God sake Awake Now!!!!

  • maqsood

    yar simple si logic hai , ap use karo gay to ye log aisa karty rahain gay , jab bhi awam kabhi ikathay ho gai , aur kisi aisi cheez ka boycott kar dia , to tab in companies ko akaal aey ge , mera bht old number tha jazz ka jab say help line charges bharay hain maine chore dia use karna , now a days i am using zong , 245 rs main zong to call or sms for whole month ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,zong sab kehdo

  • Maham

    Maqsood ye konsa package hai jis mai 245 mai call sms free hain zong 2 zong? Or aap sab jab bh propakistani par aesi news read karo jesa k ye charges increase wali hai to plz news sms bana k source propakistani.pk likh k forward kardia aamir atta mehwish sab hamare liye to karte hain mehnat 2nd bas kuch update kam hoti hain propakistani.pk par or opar se hafte main 2 off bh, sms kar k news forward kardia karo taake user rating ziyada hon or ziyada se ziyada regular visiter bane propakistani.pk kay taake inhe bh faida ho or pakistani ka no#.1 forum ban jaay mai to forward karti hon plz sab user aesa karen.

  • just one question why r all increase in rates adz in black and white and in inner pages of newspapers

  • junaid

    yahan pay comments daynay say kuch nahin hoga

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    pay complain karoo.

  • These charges are reasonable. ab companies ne b kuch kamanaa hai. Why People forget ABT cheap calling/sms rates of all network?????? wo din yaad hai jb 10RS/MIN CALL CHARGES HOTE THY????? aaj charges dekho

  • have got a mesg from ZONG also…
    They all are planned to MILL K LUTTO

  • umer daraz

    PTA For God sake Awake Now!!!!

  • Mohammad Tayyab

    The Telecom Sector has made a cartel to avoid further competition to avoid happy competition. For God sake why these companies are cutting charges of 5% Service Charges, 2% Operational Charges. And now another brilliant blast of increasing charges of balance checking which should be free of Cost. PTA please wake up now.

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  • Muhammad Anas

    “just one question why r all increase in rates adz in black and white and in inner pages of newspapers“`

    A nice query indeed!

    can anyone answer??

    When they announce their offers (e.g Jazz Karachi offer) they usually go for a full or half page ads and for announcing increase in charges they use……..

  • Baaghi

    Zardari…………
    Poory Pakistan ki Tabiat Pe Bhaari……..

    Jazz (Zardari ka) Apna Hy……

  • K. Shahzad

    Good old time when there were no charges on balance Inquiry, we use to do it many times in a day. Now I can’t remember when last time I had Inquired my balance :-) BTW Using the Jazz connection.

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