[imc-qc] News: Consumers celebrate continuation of 24/7 unlimited
calls/text, as NTC delays deliberations
tonyocruz at gmail.com
Fri Feb 11 09:52:23 PST 2005
For immediate release
February 12, 2005
Consumers declare initial victory following NTC decision
deferring deliberations on Smart, Globe complaint vs. Sun Cellular
The consumer group TXTPower today welcomed as a victory for consumers the
decision of the National Telecommunications Commission to defer action on
the complaint of Smart and Globe against Sun Cellular over the latters
24/7 Unlimited Call and Text subscription plan.
The consumers have won for now. The NTC has temporarily prevented Smart
and Globe from pushing their weight around. We hope that the NTC would
eventually give a final decision that will favor consumers and prevent
monopoly domination, said Anthony Ian Cruz, founder and convenor of TXTPower.
According to news reports, the NTC has decided to defer deliberations on
the 24/7 issue until next month.
Cruz said that the 24/7 subscription plan of Sun Cellular and similar
offerings of other cellular providers in other countries show that
providing unlimited calls and text messaging on any GSM network is both
possible and good for business.
Smart and Globe may not like such ideas to prosper because their
superprofits may be put in danger. They want to maintain high costs of
calls even if many cellular providers worldwide are shifting to flat rate
plans such as the 24/7, he explained.
He said that it would be better if Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular would
actually compete in terms of lowering their prices and rates, not the
reverse. By trying to stop 24/7, the two monopoly players only show that
they want consumer to just two, which are both expensive relative to
current income levels of the common Filipino.
The TXTPower leader likewise urged Sun Cellular to shape up, citing
mounting complaints of network congestion, dropped calls, failed
message-sending, delayed message receipt and difficulties in loading
These complaints should be met with continued network upgrades so that
current and future demands would be satisfied. Even the cheapest prices
wont be able to attract buyers if there is no improvement of services,
said Cruz. ###
Anthony Ian Cruz
Mobile No. 0917-8928277
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