Ufone to Charge WhatsApp Calls With Regular Data Tariffs

Ufone has decided to charge WhatsApp calls as per regular data tariffs, i.e. Rs. 20 for 1st MB and then 19 MBs free. Regular usage of WhatsApp will be charged from data bundles volumes as per routine. New pricing mechanism is effective immediately.

WhatsApp calls, with all the amazing quality, have turned out to be a real threat for telcos, especially in developing markets where voice revenues are still notable and contribute a major share towards overall revenues of telecom operators.

Even worse for such telcos, WhatsApp calls work like a charm on 3G networks and this is exactly why Ufone has decided to charge WhatsApp calls as per regular data tariffs instead of bucket volume.

We anticipate that other operators, with exception of one or two, might follow Ufone.

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


  • V3NiMoUs

    Ufone is turning into a corrupt money minting corporation

    • Adnan Rao

      That’s the reason I’m opting out.

      • I already did..

        • MJK

          WooW! I truly wish the whole industry implement such steps and same is followed with Skype and Viber as well. So you guys stop using telecom services or worst shift to your favorite PTCL aka government companies to provide you free service.
          Why don’t you guys complain in the same zeal about the automobile industry where a “Camry” is sold in Pakistan at the rate of Bentley. The same WhatsApp calls are not free in a lot of the countries and if you compare the rates that are offered in Pakistan for both internet and mobile telephony, we are among the top percentile. Yet our people are never happy.

          • Syed Asad Ali

            If telecom sector is cheap in Pakistan, let it be. We don’t need to compare it with others to justify a price hike, do we?
            Secondly, a technological threat is like a tsunami that sweeps away many companies all over the world who cannot keep up with changing environment.
            I do agree with your point that Camry is available at the price of Bentley. But why people don’t raise this question? Camry has a niche market buddy and someone who loads Rs. 100 prepaid card has probably never travelled in it or never even seen it to differentiate which one is a new model. But that’s anther discussion.

          • Fakhre Alam

            hahha ufone employee.

      • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

        which one is better, I also want to find another solution.

        • Adnan Rao

          I opted for Mobilink.

      • BaqarNaqvi

        I already have, now i am with Telenor

    • Shahzaib Rehman

      Telenor free whatsapp or Facebook dy raha hai or yahan ufone waaly internet bundle k paisy charge kar k bhi whatsapp nai de rahy :D
      Rs20 for 1 MB ! ! !
      I have always loved Ufone but I am very disappointed now and I am going to switch to Telenor.

  • UMAIR

    گھٹیا پن

  • Pro Munna

    mera khyal mian… Ufone apna e nuksan kar raha hai..
    wo kesy?
    100% 3G user main se almost 99% Pakistani ab Whatsapp use karty hen..
    toh..
    agar Whatsapp use karna (for call) itna mehnga pary ga to mostly log dosry networks ya PTCL broadband ya EVO ki taraf chaly jain gy..
    jis se ufone k overall user kam hoga..
    jo k already kam ho raha hai.. Bad Network or hidden charges ki wajha se..
    so GUD LUCK …Uphone :P

    • Guest

      99% u know what u talking about

    • i m going to convert Warid from thoophone

  • Tayyab

    That is called business. The worst network with worst offer… Ufone is already giving very bakwas kind of internet packages. Ufone only know how to fool and loot customers? Ufone also knows how to mock other networks. Ufone also knows that It will soon be the most disliked telecom brand.

    And I’m going to turn off or disconnect ufone sim forever and no plan in future to buy such a cheap service.

    • eddy

      worst network? Have you tried Zong? Zong takes the cake for being the worst

      • Babar Abbasi

        You have no idea what zong is.. on 4G my download speed is mpre then 3mbps and on speedtest.net its 26mbps even i have unlocked ptcl evo charji cloud and using my zong sim on it.

      • Zaik

        I’m using Zong and I don’t face any problem.

      • Fahad

        I second that! it was my worst decision to port to zong from warid. No doubt, 3g works well where there is coverage. But the thing is I used to get “No Service” at most of the places and 3g worked good at a few selective places. Delays in sms, call failures and poor postpaid billing options. ITS SUCH A CHEAP NETWORK!

        If anybody want to witness, go to Zong head office first and look at the employees and the customers there and then go to Warid’s business center and observe. HELL OF A DIFFERENCE!!

        So happy to be back at Warid and enjoying their 4g now almost everywhere!

  • Mubashar Saleem

    I don’t think Whatsapp call quality is amazing. Every time I called someone I got my own voice echo and distorted sound of other person. I used it on Wifi so 3G will be more bad.

    • I use it on WiFi, much better quality than Skype, Viber, fb call

    • Shahzaib Rehman

      It totally depends on the internet speed.
      The faster connection you have the better Call quality you will get.

  • Zong user

    Yallah habibi Etisalat…!!! :D after banning whatsapp calling in UAE… Tabdeeli pakistan mein agyi hai :D ufone Etisalat ki hai or unhoney UAE mein whatsapp calling block kr di hai :p chalein yaahn block tou ni ki minimum miss calls hi sahi :D… Voice calling pay yeh kr diya video calling bhi isy month launch ho rha hai woh tou direct ban hoga :D ufone tum hi tou ho

    • Mohammad Sharif

      ufone tum hi to ho bekaar network

    • Awais

      Masla yeh hai k agar apko koi missed call deta hai tou us k bhi paise kat rahey hain I just realised:p tou ab agar apka 3G on hai or koi Wifi wala banda missed call deta hai tou bhi apke paise kat jatey hain :D

  • xiix

    Damn ufone, not only u r being charged for its usage but also the voip service enabled on device also consume bits everytime u turn-on app. Most ghatiya stretegy to steal money.

  • BadarUI

    Ufone is corrupt govt company. Worst 3G coverage. Packages will subscribed automatically. Lut ne mein mahir hai. ufone ka licence mautal kiya jaye

    • Zohaib Hassan

      Dhadli hoyi hai :P

      • BadarUI

        yup

        • Zohaib Hassan

          :P

    • Ufone

      Yes once i subscribed daily package, it was not deactivated until i ran out of balance…after 3 days deducting daily charges (i applied for deactivation for about 5-6 times in b/w), i transferred my balance to another sim, only then it was deactivated.

      • Shahzaib Rehman

        Bro Now it is time k aap apna network bhi transfer kar lo
        Ufone is going to loose a lot of it’s customers

  • Ufone

    Ufone 3g customers are reducing with multiple effect…Few months down the line, ufone would have only 5 to 6 lac 3g users left.! (rich and ufone employees)

  • Ghazanfar

    Here in UAE whatsapp call are blocked

    • Geekpk

      UAE sucks.

    • Whatsapp

      In Pakistan it should be blocked too. It is very dangerous for already terrorized environment of Pakistan. Whatsapp must established server inside Pakistan and give all details to LEA, only in this condition it might be allowed.
      I urge Honorable SC judge, PM, President and all relevant officer/person to take immediate effect before its too late.

      • Mubeen

        then what about facebook calling, skype, viber and other internet calling services?? terrorists will always find the way out. Banning whatsapp calling is not a solution of terrorism. Govt. should have better control on these companies instead of blocking them.In this fast growing technology era you cannot block all the services. It will bring more harm then good.

      • Mudassar

        Terrorists can simply setup their own voip system within few minutes & few bucks only. Blocking public voip system is not a solution to stop terrorism

      • CuriousCursor

        Fuck off.

      • ads

        retard these international companies have more check on terrorist activities but your type illiterate peoples don’t understand

      • ghazanfar’s daddy

        Regressive People like you are a scum of the earth and should be blocked from having any telecommunication usage

  • Waiting for other telcos to follow!

  • Bilal

    This is pathetic. I’m going to switch service providers soon

  • Zohaib Hassan

    Sitaan Jaag gya hai.

  • Moiz

    I urge you all to trend #ShameOnUfone to let ufone know they are being greedy and foolish for charging VoIP separately

  • Jahangir

    Doesn’t bother me because I only use Wi-Fi :P

  • Khan

    Please people. Port out your ufone numbers to other networks ASAP

  • Faraz Masood Khan

    I just ported to ufone due to signal issues in my area and near office, but see this message today I decided to not opt for any internet package at all.

  • Muhammad Ather

    This is not good. VoIP should not be charged like this. It’s a tactic to charge for VoIP.

  • khan

    I think they have taken this step deliberately to push people to use PTCL EVO/CHARJI devices.

  • This makes the perfect case as to why Pakistan Cyber laws should have a clause supporting Net Neutrality.

  • Shuja Siddiqui

    R.I.P Ufone.

  • Ahsan

    Ufone is also inserting ads into websites without users permission.
    I am using ufone 3g in khuzdar. Read my post below for details

    http://www.ahsan.pk/telecom/ufone-3g-inserting-ads-on-websites/

  • Me

    Dear admin/moderator/whoever you are.
    I was not trying to spam your site. I was trying to raise awareness about an issue that exists. I have already mailed you to write about it..
    I am very much dishearted for not approving my comment.
    that would surely have given my site thousands of visitors I required :p. Sick mentality.

    • Me

      And this should have been moderated and its out in open

  • XeonFX

    Ufone 50GB Mega Internet Offer package also ended, Its now 5 GB LOL….

    • khan

      Woh package 100 MB bhi ho jaye, Speed itni kam hoti hai use hee nahi kar saktay.

      • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

        yeah, its true… very bad service not 3G it is like lower than 1G … :)

    • Ghulam.e.Ahmed

      kiya huwa sirf zero to hattaya hai :)
      I was using their “all net bucket” it was Rs. 359 ( including tax ) 400 minutes to all local networks but very next month they cut 100 minutes now it is 300 min. for a month in same price.

  • XeonFX

    I switched from Ufone to Mobilink because there 3G service sucks, please ProPakistani please review all the 3G services with PING to Yahoo.com. Most of the 3G networks fail to ping for 10 secs and starts request time outs. The worst is UFone in my tests. Mobilink was stable but sometimes request time outs. I am back to WiMAX stable ping for 24 hours.
    As Mobilink ended there 7GB package, I am also dumping the new sim. I am back to WiMAX and DSL…

  • Bilal Aahil

    this calls for a protest ..without breaking and destroying stuff. an Actual protest

  • XeonFX

    Why not switch off All UFone Numbers for 1 day. Day can be decided as a Protest

  • XeonFX

    I know one person who dumped his ufone because he thought that using his home WiFi for Whatsapp calling will be charged by ufone @ Rs. 20. ROFL…

  • Lanat..

  • Zawyar Ur Rehman

    Chor

  • umar5150

    jaan-e-jigarzzzz itna rola dalny ki kia zarorat hai..?? ufone ne konsa aap se poch k yeh charges lagaye hein ya ap k darr se khatm krny hein..simple c bat ha k koi iska reasonable alternate dekh loo..zong,mobilink telenor ya warid jo theak lgy aap us pe switch ho jao..hum logon k 1000 dafa shoor machany k bawjood aaj tk hua e kia ha? na tu call setup charges khatm huay,na hi 100 k recharge pe zardari tax( jo aaj kal no-was and show-baz) tax kehlata ha wo khatm hua.ek proverb hai k khaya usi ne nahi jis ko mila nahi.so dil chota na kro .yeh network use krna band kerdo

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    Thanks Propakistani for sharing my information on your platform

  • Khan

    Ufone started a very very shameful practice, it already fails to Deliver.
    I been charged also on calling via whatsapp. Like many other users i am also opting out.
    Ufone = enemy of the Nation.

  • MFS

    Thats simply bullshit. They are out of their mind, then why the hell data you provide data?

  • HassaanM

    Slowly but surely, Ufone is plotting its own demise. I am seeing a time when both Ufone, and its parent PTCL, will go bankrupt if they continue with such practices.

  • Ahmed

    Waiting for that ‘Naveed’ guy’s comment saying Ufone sucks and how he’s happy with Zong and his employee package.

    • Zaki Uddin

      Lol, what’s wrong in that

    • ads

      and we waiting when you start your garbage with warid

  • Danish

    i think they can can also charge for whatsapp msgs. Pathetic

  • ITDWEB

    Don’t Worry Just use any kind of VPN,. it’ll be charge from your bundle.. cheers

    • Muhammad Ashraf

      USING VPN will drop the voice quality as data passes through several networks

  • Gulfam

    I think, Whatsapp and other similar apps should be banned in Pakistan or otherwise they must share their revenue in the form of paying taxes. With current scenario, these apps may earn dollars for their countries but at the same time Pakistan may suffer. Good initiative, Ufone! I support you.

  • Azi

    Oh that is sad news!

  • Hairat hai log ufone jaisi ghatia service bhi use kartay hain :-p

  • ads

    UFONE had changed mega internet bucket data limit from 50 GB to 5GB effective 12am to 12 pm from 14 may received message from ufone

  • Mani
  • KMQ

    Yeh tu ufone ne pure Pakistani harkat kar di :-)

  • Ali Bukhari Shah

    Do the charges apply to calling only? Or are they applicable on receiving a Whatsapp call aswell?

    And correct me if I am wrong, but do these charges apply if you’re calling over Wifi?

    • Qaim

      You will be charged for receiving whatsapp calls too if you are using mobile data. Although whatsapp calls over wifi are free.

      • Ali Bukhari Shah

        So all isn’t lost! Ha.

        Thank you Qaim. That helped!

        • Qaim

          No problem ?

  • Malik Abbul Wahab

    Why ufone is suiciding agar is ne esa kia to ufone ko dobny se koi ni bacha sakta

  • Malik Abbul Wahab

    I always like zong for internet speed its speed is always cool wheter its 2g or 4g

  • Muhammad Hussain

    Every body port out from ufone. Bloody Mother Fu*******. I am getting a feeling that other networks will also follow that

  • Saleha

    wifi pe to paisay charge ni hongay na?

  • Khanakharab

    whatsapp calling will kill cellular industry…!!

  • Paksolider

    whatsapp should be banned in pakistan,,, Otherwise we cant control terror activites…

  • Muhammad Aamir

    Could you tell me what modal number did you buy of Charji? Thanks!

    • Babar Abbasi

      Ec5377u-872

  • Waqas Tariq

    @Aamir Attaa You need to write a blog post on what Net Neutrality is and how this act of Ufone is against Net Neutrality and what this could mean for the future of Pakistan… Imagine paying extra to use Facebook, and then some more to perform a search, and then more to look at wikipedia.

  • today i m going to warid office convert thofone to warid someone call i not received but they charge

  • shabby

    lets opt out as a protest, what do you guys say?

  • shabby

    dear proPakistani, what does PTA say on this? is there any regulation? can we fire a complaint?

    • aamir7

      PTA is in process of regulating prices. Yes, try yourself, write to PTA to see how do they respond.

  • Khan

    This is so stupid corrupt, cruel and brutal policy of ufone.
    i want to share it with all ufone users that Ufone is charging Rs 20 per incoming misbell even. just try it. its okay if u are not using whatsapp calling feature, but it doesn’t mean you will not be charged, if any one call you on whats app and you didnt take it, and you think you saved Rs 20, then you are wrong because Ufone is charging on miscall as well.
    so be alert of ufone fruad.
    Ufone = Anti customers company.

  • XeonFX

    Update : Even miss call and incomming calls will be charged :). Today i got miss call and 1 rs was deducted from my balance plus a message 1mb is charged next 20 mb is free…

  • XeonFX

    Successfully workaround the call charges problem, now using my data bucket for whatsapp calls. :) It was super easy for me…