By Charles Mgbolu
AN ongoing battle in the telecom world to woo subscribers with cheaper call rates and tariff units may have begun as telecom giant, MTN dropped its prepaid tariff plans: Happy link and Pro link only six months after the plans were initiated.
In its place is a newly introduced MTN Pay go and Talk on tariff plans which replace the old tariffs with immediate effect.
However, MTN may be responding to the spree of giveaway calls and extra cheap tariff units being offered presently to woo subscribers by the competition.
A critical look at the new packages had revealed that some services which had been hacked when the Happy link and Pro link tariff plans were introduced late last year had resurfaced. Prominent among them is the Family and Friends services which had enabled subscribers to register four numbers for special, reduced billing. On the new platforms, subscribers can list six numbers to which they make calls to at subsidized rates — four MTN numbers for local calls, one US or Canadian number for international calls and one other number from any other network for local yet inter network call (MTN to other networks).
The network has also introduced a new MTN magic number bundle that leaves linked numbers talking endlessly for thirty days. That seems to be the icing on the MTN offering, since its is charged at only N250 for 30 days.
Subscribers who believe it’s too good are bombarding MTN’s customer service department to confirm the story as already, most subscriber’s account balance now read the set of new tariff plans: MTN Pay go and Talk on to confirm the new state of things.