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Telenor Increases Talkshawk Tariffs, Changes LBC Offering in Selected Cities

Telenor has increased call charges for two of its talkshawk packages, namely Talkshawk 30 and Talkshawk 24 hours. Keep reading to know complete details:

Talkshawk 30

A note published on Telenor website says that Talkshawk 30 package holders will be able to make calls at 80 Paisa/30 Sec for off net and on net calls, which was earlier 63 paisas/30 seconds.

Note further says that FnF numbers will be charged at 50 Paisa/30 for TS 30 package holders.

Talkshwawk 24 Hours:

Similarly the rates for Talkshawk 24 hours were also increased to Rs. 1.6 /60 Sec for off net and on net calls. FnF numbers on Talkshawk 24 hours are now charged at Rs 1 /60 Sec. All calls will now be charged at 60sec pulse, unless specified differently.

Location Based Charging:

Telenor has also announced that Location Based Offer ( *345*232#) available in the below given cities is changed. Friend and Family numbers are now charged at Rs. 2.5/Hour + Tax for cities mentioned below:

  • Bahawalpur
  • Dera Ghazi Khan
  • Muzaffargarh
  • Multan
  • Rahim Yar Khan
  • Vehari
  • Bahawalnagar
  • Khanewal
  • Ranjanpur
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You can Use Wikipedia for Free on Telenor

Through an agreement between Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation signed today, Telenorcustomers throughout Asia and Southeastern Europe will be able to access Wikipedia.com on their phones for free, i.e. no charges for data traffic at all (as long as there are on Wikipedia.com).

How to Use Wikipedia for Free?

  • When implemented (It might take couple of months to get this partnership implemented), customers with a Telenor SIM will be able to access wikipedia.com for free.
  • You will be able to visit wikipedia.com as many times as you want
  • You will be able to browse wikipedia.com from your phone using any phone browser, or app.
  • External links on wikipedia.com will be charged as per usual tariff
  • Access to all other web pages (except wikipedia.com) will be charged as per usual tariffs.

 

As mentioned above, the agreement was signed last week and implementation of this partnership is in process now. Telenor Pakistan told  that a it could take couple of months to work out the technical modalities for making wikipedia.com accessible for free. Ideally, it is expected that all this would be done by April 2012.

A statement issued by Telenor said that this three year partnership between Telenor Group and the Wikimedia Foundation will cover 135 million users. The agreement is signed by seven countries: Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Montenegro, and Serbia.

By the end of the year, more markets are expected to join. The agreement will be implemented step by step throughout 2012, with the first markets launching during the second quarter.

This initiative is part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s mobile strategy, which focuses on reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity to access the Internet is via a mobile device.

“The Wikimedia Foundation is working to remove barriers to free knowledge, and for most people around the world right now, cost and accessibility are the two biggest hurdles,” says Barry Newstead, Wikimedia Chief Global Development Officer. “We applaud Telenor for joining us to deliver free access to Wikipedia for their customers. Through this partnership, we move a step closer to providing the sum of all knowledge to everyone in the world.”

This partnership supports Telenor’s commitment to bring more value to its mobile customers. Especially, the company has pioneered the development of value-adding services to rural and underserved communities in Asia. Telenor involve millions in Asia through the I-Geniusproject, which has already reached out to 300,000 Bangladeshi students and school-children with a call to explore open knowledge on the internet.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Wikimedia Foundation. Telenor have pioneered affordable, mobile communications across much of Asia, and we have built a track record of offering vital services with a significant outreach” says Kristin Skogen Lund,Executive Vice President and Head of Digital Services at Telenor Group. “With this agreement, we are first in Asia to bring a vast knowledge source to the millions in underserved communities across the region.”

Each local Telenor affiliate will establish technical solutions together with the Wikimedia Foundation.

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Telenor going to increase daily charges for for Poora Pakistan

TelenorPakistan is, yet again, going to increase daily charges for for Poora Pakistan offer, in addition to adding call setup charges.

When introduced, Poora Pakistan was offered at a daily charges of Rs. 7.99 plus tax, later charges were doubled to Rs. 15 plus tax per day and then increased to Rs. 20 plus tax.

New Rates:

Now Telenor has posted a message on its website revealing that from March 1st, daily charges for Poora Pakistan offer will be increased to Rs. 25 plus tax per day or Rs. 29.87 including tax.

Not only this, a call setup fee of Rs. 1.00 (plus tax) per call will also be charged – excluding 9pm to 10pm.

Subscription, Charges and Validity:

  • Dial *345*000# USSD to subscribe
  • Subscription price (After March 1st): Rs.25+tax
  • Call setup charges of Rs.1.00+tax will be applicable all day excluding 9pm-10pm
  • Validity: Customers can make Free Calls on day of subscription – till 12am (offer not valid between 6pm-9pm)
  • Offer is for Talkshawk 24 Hrs Subscribers Only

Terms and conditions

  • Offer mechanics and price are subject to change at any time
  • Talkshawk reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time
  • Effective 1st March 2012, Offer Subscription price will be Rs.25+tax
  • Effective 1st March 2012, Call setup charges of Rs.1.00+tax will be applicable all day excluding 9pm-10pm
  • Effective 1st March 2012, Customers can make free calls on day of subscription – till 12am (Offer not valid between 6pm-10pm)
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Telenor Djuice 500 MB Mobile Internet Bundle For Prepaid


Telenor has lately introduced 500 MB GPRS bundle for those Djuice prepaid customers who want higher bandwith on their cell phones.

Price:

Telenor Djuice customers can avail this 500MB GPRS package for Rs 250 per month.

Just to mention, there’s no tax on any GPRS/EDGE package.

This GPRS bundle is not available for Telenor talkshawk prepaid customers.

Activation:

Dial *345*904# from your Djuice to avail this offer
To check your Telenor GPRS validity and usage detail dial *999# (10 paisas charges of *999#)
GPRS charging pulse is 64KB
To configure your mobile for Telenor internet settings click here

This 500MB is the largest GPRS bundle from Telenor for its prepaid customers. But an othere hand, Zong is offering 2GB (2024MB) GPRS in Rs. 200.

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Telenor Easypaisa has got $ 6.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Recently Telenor Pakistan officially announced that Easypaisa has got a $ 6.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to increase adoption of its mobile financial services.

To announce the grant, a press conference was held at Telenor Pakistan’s head office.

In his opening remarks, Roar Bjaerum, Vice President of Financial Services at Telenor Pakistan, said that accessible mobile financial services can help catalyze Pakistan’s socio-economic efforts.

“Financial exclusion of the lower income population is a systemic challenge in Pakistan. With more than 85% of population not having access to formal savings or credit products, many households are vulnerable to fluctuations in daily income and unable to absorb economic shocks from unexpected events.

Easypaisa’s vision is to serve as a vehicle for financial inclusion for such households. The grant will help us accelerate adoption of Easypaisa services among poor and unbanked individuals,” he said.

Rodger Voorhies, Director of the Gates Foundation’s Financial Services for the Poor initiative, in a message said that the aim of the project was to expand the range of services poor Pakistanis can access through Easypaisa:

“While Easypaisa has seen rapid adoption of its payment and remittance services, adoption of mobile financial services, like savings and insurance, has been slower,” Voorhies said. “This grant aims to accelerate adoption of Easypaisa’s Mobile Account among poor and unbanked households to create a foundation for the delivery of savings, insurance, and other mobile financial services.”

Telenor Pakistan’s Roar Bjaerum also spoke about Easypaisa services and the socio-economic impact and future of mobile financial services in Pakistan.

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Telenor Helps provide Notebooks to school Children belonging to Poor Families


As part of its Karo Mumkin initiative, Telenor Pakistan is helping provide 10,000 paper notebooks to school children belonging to Poor families.

The notebooks are made from recycled waste paper by Sabz, an NGO founded by Fariha Ambreen, who had won Telenor’s Karo Mumkin campaign.

The two winning ideas out of 25,000 total ideas submitted to Karo Mumkin were funded by Telenor Pakistan with Rs. 2 million for each project.

Fariha Ambreen had won for her idea of ‘Recycling Paper to Provide Notebooks to Schools for Under Privileged Children’ while Mr. Abdul Haq Mohiuddin’s idea of ‘Donating Rs. 100 from your Monthly Salary to Make Education Possible for Street Children’ had won the competition.

Fariha has now reportedly turned her idea into a reality by working closely with Telenor Pakistan on the recycled paper notebooks project.

In the picture, Aamir Ibrahim, Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan and Fariha Ambreen (center) presented a plaque to Seema Aziz, head of CARE Foundation at a ceremony held at Govt Girls Primary School Rani Pind Rehmanpura, Lahore to mark the handing over of the first batch of notebooks.

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Telenor Pakistan is going to increase service charges on Card Reloads


Telenor Pakistan is going to increase service charges on card reloads/easy-loads to 7
percent, said a notice available on Telenor’s website.

These New services charges will be applicable from February 15th, 2012.

Website notes:
Increase in surcharge deducted from recharge

Dear Customer, kindly note that the surcharge being deducted from recharge will be increased to 7% with effect from 15th Feb 2012.

Earlier Mobilink also increased the service charges on credit reloads/easy-share to 7 percent, in addition to other charges/fee already in place.

It merits mentioning here that Telenor had imposed 1.5 percent admin fee on card reloads in June 2011, which was taken back in August 2011 but service charges were increased from 5 to 6.5 percent.

Operators defend these additional charges due to increased operating expenses. They also justify such additional charges by pointing towards low ARPUs and tariffs in Pakistani market. However, repeated additions in such charges and massive taxes on telecom services is putting the common customer with average usage under a lot of burden.

Consistent increments in service charges are raising serious concerns, while masses are considerably asking for a check on ever decreasing cellular tariffs.

Charges/Taxes on Rs. 100 Card (for Telenor Customer after February 15th):

•Withholding Tax @ 10% = Rs. 10
•Service Charges @ 7% = Rs. 7
•GST on remaining amount of Rs. 83 @19.5 percent = Rs. 16.19
•Total Taxes + Service Charges: 33.19
Or in other words, with Rs. 100 card – you get only Rs. 66.81 for telecom services while remaining amount goes under the head of taxes, services charges.

Explanation: Withholding tax and service charges are deducted right away when you load a card of Rs. 100. With remaining Rs. 83, you will have to pay 19.5 percent GST on all calls, SMS, MMS or for any other usage.

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Norwegian Minister Visits Telenor Easypaisa Shops

The Norwegian Minister for Environment and International Development Erik Solheim visited a Telenor Pakistan easypaisa retail outlet at a local market today.

He was accompanied by Norwegian Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Kvile and Chief Strategy Officer & VP Corporate Affairs Telenor Pakistan Aamir Ibrahim. The minister is in Pakistan to see ongoing flood relief and rehabilitation activities. Norway has contributed 400 million Norwegian Kroners (USD67 million) for Pakistan’s flood affected.

Talking to the media the minister appreciated Telenor Pakistan’s contribution to the flood relief activities. “I am happy to see that Telenor is actively contributing to social causes in Pakistan. The Norwegian government and people of Norway will always stand beside our Pakistani friends in their hour of need.”

Telenor Pakistan’s Aamir Ibrahim speaking on the occasion said: “Branchless banking solutions like easypaisa can not only address the lack of financial inclusion in Pakistan but can also potentially help generate and disburse funds to the disaster affected people.”

Easypaisa, launched in October 2009, aims to offer financial inclusion to Pakistan’s population, a large majority of which is currently unserved. The recently launched easypaisa Donation Service was used to collect funds for the flood affected people.

Easypaisa is available in 700 locations across Pakistan. With 11,000 agents, 1 million transactions a month, and Rs 10 billion worth of transaction since launch, the service is helping to provide people with much needed financial services.

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Telenor Rewards its Retailers

Telenor Pakistan, gave away 12 motor bikes and around 2200 cash prizes worth Rs. 4.8 million to its Easyload retail partners from different regions of Pakistan under its ‘Telenor Maala-maal Offer’.

Retail Partners whose July Easyload sales exceeded previous month by 5 percent were eligible to enter the lucky draw. A 10 percent increase allowed them a double entry in the draw.

Appreciating the support of retail partners, Telenor Pakistan’s Director Sales & Distribution Malik Faisal Qayyum said, “Our retail partners have been the backbone of our distribution network. We would like to thank them for their enthusiastic participation in the ‘Telenor Maala-maal Offer’ and extend our heartiest congratulations to all the winners”.

The Maala-maal offer gave away 12 Motorcycles, 30 prizes of PKR 10,000 each, 60 prizes of PKR 5,000 each and 2100 prizes of PKR 2,000 each to easyload retailers across regions in the country. The Maala-maal scheme is a continuation of the previously run Easyload Millionaire Prize Schemes.

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