NTC raises anew ‘per pulse billing’ in mobile phones at Senate budget hearing

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MANILA, Philippines — The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) on Tuesday said it was technically possible to bill voice calls by the second or per-pulse but mobile operators insist on retaining the existing per-minute arrangement.

“The NTC issued a memorandum circular that [the call charges] has to be per six-second pulse. But…the [telecommunications companies] brought the issue to court,” said NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba during budget deliberations at the Senate Tuesday.

NTC reiterated its stand on the issue after Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero asked if there was any update on the case but the Commission said it was still pending with the Supreme Court (SC).

“They’re just nitpicking and want to earn more?” Escudero asked.

“Yes,” Cordoba answered, adding that they were expecting the high court to support the Court of Appeal’s favorable decision.

During the hearing, the finance sub-committee, chaired by Escudero, approved the NTC’s 2014 proposed budget of P244.8 million.

In 2009, the NTC issued Memorandum Circular 05-07-2009, mandating that the “maximum unit of billing for the cellular mobile telephone service (CMTS) whether postpaid or prepaid shall be six (6) seconds per pulse.”

However, Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Digitel Telecommunications Philippines opposed the order and questioned it in court.

In early 2012, the Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the NTC, prompting the telecommunications operators to raise the issue to the SC.

At present, the standard call rate for Globe and Smart is P6.50 to P7.50 per minute.

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  • Ehemalige Schatzkanzler Iris

    Globe charges you per second when calling other Globe/TM numbers. Just add 232 before 9## (example: 232917-123-4567).

  • clanwolf

    Text/call is now the domain of the poor. The middle and upper class have switched to internet based communication like viber, fb, kakao, skype. You get more value from internet access. Postpaid is actually cheaper for heavy users in any case. Be aware of your usage pattern before choosing.

  • Ornbort

    why would they want that e ang laki ng profit sa dropped call. dapat REFUND pag nagkataon…

  • AntiAko

    Taon ba ang kailangan para madesisyunan ang kaso? Baka naman inuupuan na naman ng SC ang kaso para tuloy ang ligaya ng mga telcos.

  • kismaytami

    Buwagin na lang yang regulatory body na yan, makakatipid pa ang taumbayan ng 244++ million pesosesoses. Wala rin namang pangil eh, kahul lang nang kahol.

  • Kabsalaham

    DITO PO SA sAUDI ARABIA AY PER PULSE ANG BILL HINDI PER MINUTE OR PER 5 SEC. TALAGANG PER SECOND LAND, KUNG KAYO AY NAKA 30 SEC NG VOICE CALL KALAHATI LANG NG CHARGE NG ISANG MINUTO ANG CHARGE, KAYA KALOKOHAN ANG SINASABI NG TELCO SA ATIN NA IMPOSSIBLENG MACHARGE ANG CUSTOMER NG PER PULSE. BAKIT GUSTO NILA NG PER MINUTO ANG CHARGE DAHIL ADVANTACGE SA KANILA, KUNG DI KA MAKA ISANG MINUTO AY ISANG MINUTO ANG BAYAD MO KUNG SUMOBRA KA NG ILANG SIGUNDO SA ISANG MINUTO DALAWANG MINUTO ANG BAYAD SA IYO…KALOKOHAN IYAN MGA TELCOS, WAG KAYONG MASYADONG MANGLAMAN SA INYONG MGA CUSTOMERS.
    ISA PA ANG VALIDITY NG PREPAID CARD DITO NAG AACUMULATE, KUNG ANG CARD CHARGE MO AY MAY BISA NG 10 ARAW AT NAUBOS MO ANG CHARGE MO NG 2 ARAW ANG 8 ARAW NA NATIRANG VALIDITY PERIOD AY I-AAD SA BAGO MONG CHARGE CARD AND SO ON… KUNG DIKA NAGCHARGE NG LOAD SA PHONE MO AY MAKAKATANGAP KA NG TAWAG HANGGANG SA NAIPON MONG VALIDITY PERIOD NG MGA LAOD CHARGE MO DI KA MAPUPUTULAN NG LINYA AT KUNG NAUBOS NA ANG VALIDITY PERIOD NA NAIPON MO MAY 1-WEEK KA PANG BONUS PARA MAG CHARGE AT MAY REMINDER KA ARAW-ARAW FOR 1-WEEK, HANGGANG SA MAUBOS ANG GRACE PERIOD MO. GANYAN NILA KAMAHAL ANG CUSTOMER NILA DITO. HOPING GANOON DIN DYAN SA ATIN.

  • indiosbravos2002

    Madali naman usapan dyan eh. Kung ayaw sumunod edi tanggalin yong prangkisa ng mobile companies na eto. I dont know why NTC cant flex its muscle.

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