Breaking: PTA Orders Telcos to Stop All Kind of Voice and SMS Packages

Update:

It appears that the telecom sector was yesterday stormed with the biggest ever mis-understanding, as a directive coming from PTA ordered telecom operators to dis-continue Voice and SMS Packages. Same was interpreted by media and the telecom operators with whom we had confirmed the directive.

However, it is now emerging that that only voice and SMS chat rooms are to get blocked, and the usual SMS bundles and voice bundles that telecom companies offer are going to remain intact.

Read here the update: Voice and SMS Packages to Continue, Only Chat Rooms to End

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Yes, you read it right. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has directed all telecom operators to dis-continue all kind of voice and SMS bundles that are offered for any time of the day.

Telecom companies are asked to stop all kind of Voice and SMS bundles, that include daily, weekly, fortnightly and monthly packages by September 2nd, 2013 and submit a compliance report to the authority.

The letter from PTA, a copy of which is produced below, has made the social morality as a reason for the stoppage of voice and SMS bundles. The letter that reads “Directive Relating to Packages Offered by CMTOs Contrary to Moral Values of Society” reasons a survey conducted in November 2012 which suggested PTA that voice and SMS bundles were still active.

Taking the timely decision, PTA has now ordered the operators to stop the packages at once.

Omar Manzoor, Director Communications and CSR at Mobilink confirmed ProPakistani that his company received the directive late today. He said that Mobilink is reviewing the directive and will act accordingly.

Telecom operators are still unsure on how to react. Bigger operators are considerably happy about the directive which is a blessing in disguise for them. Smaller operators, such as Zong and Warid are furious for apparent reasons.

Analysts say currently the industry is derived by these voice and SMS bundles. If not reversed, the whole dynamics of telecom industry of Pakistan will change.

Conspiracy theorist say that PTA has made the case of banning the voice and SMS bundles on moral values, which is likely to be influenced by operators. They say that if operators don’t react on the decision then its apparent that this step is endorsed by the operators.

Other experts even question PTA’s ability to decide the pricing structure this way, especially when there’s no chairman or member at PTA’s head office.

Decision is a nightmare for the end users. The good old days are just gone. Now pay for each call and each SMS.

P.S. There’s no mention of Mobile internet bundles in the directive, which are likely to continue.

Here is the PTA Letter

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Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


    • and Then my friend they’re gonna ban every F***in thing you can think of considering your happy reactions on BANS.

    • That’s really authoritarian actually. Don’t want to discuss politics on this thread, but seriously feel as if a dictator is ruling on us. No freedom for people, journalism or any other remotely-independent walk of life. Why not leave it to people to decide what to do?

      • Brother What do you want ? already our generation is in deep trouble, they don’t know their religion and culture, what are the limits for man and woman described by Islam we don’t know, we only want to follow west and their culture, if u believe me peoples of west itself got worried about their life style. If we really dont know what we are, it means we totally collapse as a nation.

  • Those who have imminent need to text would text anyway and a chunk of subscribers will move on to VoIP applications such as Viber and Whatsapp. Even less revenue for Telco’s in a market which is already over ripe for consolidation.

  • Fu** PTA…. Fu** the policies… The policies are only designed to piss of the end user… Why the PTA is unable to react on 3G delay, on PTCL disgusting service quality, and so on !!

    • 3G chahiye.. takay video calls k bi package miljaye hum Pakistanion ko.. wahh.. taqriban sabhi countries me voice aur sms bundles ka system nahi hy.. bas ek hamari awaam khuaar hy. BF/GF se lagay rehtay hein calls ya sms pe..

      SMS aur Voice bundles khatam hongi na phir jakay network service improve hogi.. pura network overload huawa hota hy in 24hrs non-stop calls aur SMS delivering pe.

      ab to sudhar jaao Pakistan. Even India me khatam hogai hein ye bundles system.

      • bahi apko koi gun point pe tu packages use karny ko tu nahi kehta na..& btw world over telcos ka business model he bundeling pe based hay.
        They have made huge investments & it is there right to bundle there products the way they want..
        Y don’t Govt bans sachet packages of surf & shampoo then? (illogical? yeah but as illogical as PTA’s banning SMS & Voice packages)

      • Someone needs to understand that people abroad, including in India, don’t use bundles because Data bundles have replaced every damn SMS and call bundle, eliminating them. You don’t have 3G so you will have to rely on GSM.
        Overload shoverload kuch nahin, you pay for services khairaat nahi hai.
        Lastly, not everybody messages girlfriend, people have legit causes.

      • oh to all f******ing ppl who r are considering this ban a good one damn ppl u will all go back to stoneage because nowdayas nrmal calls are too expensive with no contact to anyone all countries have these packages even u.s.a our beloved nation’s father got packages nooray u.s.a kay tatoo apnay baap ki baat maan awein awaam ko tang kar rahay ho. jaha se kuch information milti hai wo block krdatay hain esa kro internet hi block krdo mobiles b block krdo taakay awaam ko kuch b pta na chalay k govt kia karahi hai taakay aapny jo pakistan ko tabah krnay k plans bnaye huye wo kamyab hojaye or awaam ko pta b na chalay if this gonna happen i bet there will be a war between youth and govt and mai sub se agay huga i promise agar ye hua to egypt walay halaat b osktay hain pak mai to my fu**ing govt and policy makers i warn you youth agay bht ghussay mai hain naa panga lo yeh na ho k pak govt ka b wohi haal ho k dhobi ka k**ta na ghar ka na ghaat ka u f**king govt just stop pissing off our lives…….

        • Pakistan me rehna hyna beta? :P to aisi chizon ki aadat daalo..

          Tmhari cheap language he bata rai hy k you are fucked up (totally) :P

  • dekho dekho kon aya….shair aya shair aya..kafi salon ka bhoka ha..gin logon ne F**ki** Nawaz sharif ko vote diya tha us ko ab mza a rha ho ga..

    • Sher agia sher kha Gia khazana bharna hai bhai My foot ….. Ab shyed N ko vote deny walo ko merey khayal say sirf mera khayal hai baqion ka Pata ni ab buht sharam arahi hogi lekin Ager ni arahi to phir un ka kuch ni ho sakta…. Ab package sary hi jayen gey bcz khazana bhi bharna hai but not 3G waha Pata ni in ko Kia ho jata hai? Fazool policies Fazool log in ko banay waly

      • hahahahhahhaha! u r right Furqan, politics is my fooooot..these awL bulshits only for fullfil their bank accounts and willn’t do anything for people who voted them…f*****************************************************k :@ bullshit

        • But the question is… why people voted them when everyone knows they done nothing in 23 years of his bloody politics…. Dunya agey ko ja rahy hain aur hum pechy ko…. Banda pochy agey Pani hai kia lol…. Abi kashkool b tor diya inho ney… aur ab karachi walo ko b sawaren gey Metro bana k hehehehe….

    • we always fill masjids, and pretend to be muslims, and pakistanis, but when it comes to shattering our comfort zones, we become pigs.,..

      dont know how this useless govt could increase their wealth? and how could we ‘prosper’ like West by utilizing sms and call bundles…? (as some ppl saying it…)

  • wt are social values, norms that have disturbed,… any definition???
    is any part of constitution disturbed by the packages….??? justify , clarify to the poeple….
    (although i’m happy with the decision made)

  • ye govt awam ko khus ne dak sakti….bas….logion ga shugal laga hwoa hy laga rany dain….recharge per to tex lagaya hy…..paki rupay ki valu imf k kany per kam b kr di hy ap keya chaty hin

    • Nonsense. Here in Australia I get free SMS, free MMS, free international SMS, and unlimited calls WITHOUT having to subscribe to any package at all if I buy the right plan…and I can buy packages that give me unlimited SMS/MMS, and unlimited minutes if I so wish if I plan doesn’t include it.

      Pakistan is well and truly going back into the stone age. First we pay a gross total of 35% of taxes on our telecom services, and now we have the buffoons at PTA deciding we cant have good value for what we pay either.

  • Chutyapey ka mulk hai. This is what happens when religion is mixed with the state. The writers of this very webpage are pro censorship and this is the fruits of that mind set. Congratulations. We are well on our way to the stone age if the morality argument keeps being used.

    • “irrespective of the time of day”
      Iska matlab k bhalay din ka koi bhi time ho, Voice and sms bundles should be immediately stopped.

  • What moral values? Here are the few real moral values of our utterly dead society, i.e. Proud to be Corrupt and keep stolen money in swiss bank accounts, Prostitution even around the tomb of Quaid-e-Azam, Hypocricy, Teaching children to earn money by hook or by crook, Leaving the injured on the roadside and not helping a human being because of Police fear or busy schedule, proudly break the traffic laws, steal electricity and gas, take loan from banks and don’t return it, Zero agriculture tax, vote for the same corrupt leaders, no respect for the Supreme Law of the Land (Constitution), Forcing children to get married in clear violation of their Islamic rights………. We don’t live in a society… we live in shit.

  • Good islamic values hain unn ka khyal karna chaiye

    ya boyfriend girlfriend

    Well done nawaz bhai for making pakistan a hell for people and heaven for religious people

    Ji bhai gussa na ho islam islam kartha ho ab bardashth karo

  • Social Morality? LMAO how about they stop taking bribes first then lets talk about social morality, SMS packages are not only used for Immoral activities. only if they knew

  • Sad news for Majnu and Lailas jo ghar ki nukkar say apni ammi ko awaz detay thay “ammi phone per baat nahi kar rahi, main parhai ker rahi hon”

    Good news for networks like telenor, jo pehlay he chahtay thay network traffic controlling per kharcha he na karna parday. waisay bhi telenor ke 50% services pehlay he off hain “temporary work” kay naam per kai months say.

  • Such a Bakwaas From PTA,
    Youtube bund, Night pakeges bund, Tax On Mobile, Tax on Calls, Aur ab Sms aur Voice pakages bhi bund… jo 2, 4 cheezain reh gai hai wo bhi khatam ker doooooooo!!!

  • why pemra do not put ban on some of tv shows and dramas, which are also a big threat to our society and culture.?

  • Well this will finally end Aamir Atta’s rants about price increases by the Telcos lol flat tariffs…….ab kero ayashi

  • Close the internet companies and lets make all the telecom operators run away from this “Greater Afghanistan”. Lets go back to the AMPS Paktel era and analog PTCL lines. Problem Solved!.

  • Nothing happened to Inaami Scheams even after two directives by PTA and they’re still on! This one seems similer case!

  • I am wondering ye kon log hai jin ko VOICE ya SMS package band honay say problem ho rahi hai…. package band kernay ko kaha hai CALLs ya SMS kernay say tou kisi ko nahi roka….. zarorat ki CALLs or SMS hi kerna na ab fazool CALLs or Latefay send kernay ki bazaye kuch positive kaam kerna.. :)

  • Unbelieveable! i wish i wasn’t born in pakistan. Pro-talibans are at work… or maybe 3g preparations are being made. 1st we are being pushed to use slow edge services & then a fast 3g network wil definately gonna be a success. a ban on calls & msg pakages only and not on internet packages makes me think that.

    • hahahahaha… try to reborn in any part of world.. I’m sure you wont find shit like ours anywhere. These sort of packages can only be found in Pakistan. :-p

  • What the Hell, Sms packages were only the way for Students to communicate at low cost . No matter what companies think Sms packages should’nt be baned . Who has Wingle All the time . PTA you Suck . only think you want that country should back online on your pay phones . i dont think what Telecom companies think . they would be happy because they can charge every rupee from us


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