PTA to Block 10 Paisas Call Setup Charges Imposed by Telcos

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority has decided to reverse the imposition of 10 pasias plus tax as call set-up charges by telecom operators.

It maybe recalled that Ufone, Mobilink and Telenor had imposed a call-setup charges of 10 paisas plus tax on each call from this week. These call setup charges are applicable on all charged, bundled and free offers for prepaid customers.

PTA, which wasn’t regulating the cellular pricing since 2005, to let the market operate freely and openly, has now decided to step in.

PTA said that move is aimed at safeguarding customers’ interests and to make sure that industry remains with-in the certain limits. PTA said that authority is preparing a notification against the call setup charges and cellular operators will be notified about the decision accordingly.

Experts say that call setup charges make no sense and they pose as an extra charge for a service that is itself charged. They said that operators should move to more transparent way of charging customers by revising air-time charges instead of imposing meaningless and first of its kind charges, i.e. call setup charges.

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    • Stop cutting onions guys. I can feel water in my eyes too! PTA made me senti all of a sudden. With this and 3G auction! Who knows! May be we’ll have 4G too before 2020!

    • “They said that operators should move to more transparent way of charging
      customers by revising air-time charges instead of imposing meaningless
      and first of its kind charges, i.e. call setup charges.”

      khushi k ansu abhi niklay nae thay ki rona a gaya or havaia urh gae :D

  • Asal main PTA ko darr ta kay yeh mamla Court main chala gaye tu phr wahan par kuch aur bhi kol jata tu foran decision lay kar mamla khatm karadia.

    Warna yeh log itnay achay kaha par hai jo yeh decision lain.

    Wah – Chief Justice Shb tumhare ajmaat ko SALAM kay in kay dil main yeh darr khoof beta kar chalain gay ap.

  • Good decision by PTA. 10 paisa call setup charges are totally unfair and unjustice with Pakistanis such action should be discouraged and accompanied by youth on social media so as to awake the governing authorities of Govt and PTA

  • GOOD job PTA.

    WARID is also charging12 paisa for each call. Actually these operators are looting us, and still we are sleeping.

  • I wonder why “Warid Telecom” isn’t mentioned in this article or the previous? Warid pays well to Propakistani, not to publish any thing wrong against them. Good job.

  • PTA should Screw them from Back…………..oh i mean from 2005…………..aap sub kia samjhay………….salute to you ppl.

  • Telecos did only what the govt has been doing for years.. do we not pay taxes multiple times on n for the same thing already? There’s an abba (dady) tax on each credit load n then there’s kaka (baby) tax again on every call / txt / package, heck we even pay charges and tax on checking our own balance now image if banks starting doing that! ..also not to forget the dada (grand-dad) tax already paid as income tax.


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