Using Prefix numbers for Pulse-Rate Charge Calls–YES or NO?


Two of the bold moves of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in 2009 were the forced implementation of the Extended Prepaid Load Validity and the Pulse-Rate Charging for all mobile phones.

The Pulse-Rate Charging is contain in the NTC Memorandum Circular No. 05-07-2009 (Guidelines on Unit of Billing of Mobile Voice Service) mandating the new call charging scheme beginning December 6, 2009.

We thought, as i also thought, it was happy-for-all development.  😦  However, i was mesmerized of believing that it works for the good of us without any hassle. Look, the Pulse-Rate Charging scheme is JUST A CALL FEATURE like in call forwarding and teleconferencing. In short, it can only be availed of if you activate the feature!!! 😦 Of course, it’s only for same network calls!!!!

What’s the big minus thing? You’ll have to attach network-assigned prefix numbers to the mobile number you’re calling to avail of the Pulse-Rate Charging. 😦

If you’re in GLOBE network, here are the prefixes:

2329xxxxxxxxx (replace the 0 at the beginning of the Globe number with 232)

8039xxxxxxxxx (replace the 0 at the beginning of the Touch Mobile number with 803)

Rates: (Advisory from Globe)

Per second rates when using the aforementioned dialing sequence as follows:

  • – P0.10/second for Globe-Globe/TM and TM-TM/Globe calls Monday to Saturday
  • – P0.05/second for Globe-Globe/TM and TM-TM/Globe calls Sunday

Minimum maintaining balance of P7.50 required for Globe, P6.50 required for TM.

Applicable to Globe Postpaid, Globe Prepaid, Globe Tattoo Prepaid, and TM.

If you’re in SMART network, here are the prefixes:

*5433xxxxxxxxxxx (prefix plus the 11-digit number including 0 for Smart  Gold and Infinity)

*5434xxxxxxxxxxx (prefix plus mobile number for Smart Buddy)

*2255xxxxxxxxxxx (prefix plus mobile number for Talk ‘N Text)

Rates (Advisory from Smart):

A flag-down rate of P3 will be charged on the first two pulses (or 12 seconds) and P0.31 (for Talk ‘N Text) and P0.43 (for Smart Buddy, Smart Gold, and Infinity) on the succeeding pulses of the first minute.‪ For succeeding minutes, P0.55 (for Talk ’N Text) and P0.65 (for Smart Buddy, Smart Gold, and Infinity) per pulse will be charged.

Hey folks!!! What do you think? HASSLE? Are we going to bring placards in front of the NTC offices to demonstrate our dismay? Is it just an NTC-telcos marketing gimmick? Speak out! Join in our Poll Survey– Using Prefix numbers for Pulse-Rate Charge Calls–YES or NO?

Go to our Poll Survey widget at the sidebar to vote!!!

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