Internet for everyone

PTCL has started offering dialup internet to all its landline customers. All you need is a computer with modem. You don’t have to register or buy pre-paid cards. Just dial and connect. Could it get any easier than that?

While on one hand this will increase the internet penetration, it will also kill the competition. Now who would want to go out and get pre-paid internet accounts when they can connect through PTCL? Other ISPs will have to come up with really creative ideas to stay in business.

13 Comments so far

  1. naveed (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 3:05 pm

    Can anyone tell me what’s the best DSL option in Karachi? Also what is the best internet connectivity option.


  2. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 5:10 pm
  3. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 10:16 pm

    And, it isn’t expensive either. With 10 paisas per min, it comes to 6 rps per hour…..not bad at all, given the speed stays reliable.

    Anyone who uses it or has used it, please do contribute with your experiences….cheers.

  4. Raskolnikof (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 10:20 pm

    While on one hand this will increase the internet penetration, it will also kill the competition.

    Exactly how? I always thought that internet cards were available all across Khi/Isl/Lhr..

  5. Zee (unregistered) on October 17th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    Now who would want to go out and get pre-paid internet accounts when they can connect through PTCL?

    Stupid ones who don’t know how PTCL is ripping them off! and other companies offer 20 hours for like 10 rupees with night option which is unlimited. With PTCL, you get an hour for 6 rupees!!!

    PTCL is also charging a call ever 15 minutes on 131 numbers. Add the tax and crap and you get 10 rupees as total call cost for staying online for 60 minutes. 10 + 6 = 16. That’s wayyyyyyyy too expensive!

    But lets skip the 131 multiple call thingy. Do this calculation…

    Rs 144 x 30(days) = 4320

    If you had calculated all this Umar, you would not have posted that story in such a manner. You can get 1 year unlimited connection in that price from which actually has a customer support. PTCL guys don’t know crap about internet and tech.

    Sheesshh… jazbati stupid qoom!

  6. bluemax (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 1:28 am

    I think its a very good alternative for common customers. By common I mean those who normally use internet for few hours (not the ones who want to download stuff 24×7). It will not kill the competition as other companies are already offering internet access at Rs.2-4 per hour.

    The best part is that its pay-as-you-use. Limitation of scratch cards is that they expire after a fixed duration (normally 30 days). Also, if the card goes dead in the middle of the night (just when you were about to press SEND) then you cant buy a new one till the next afternoon.

    PTCL has not officially announced that they are charging calls made to 131 numbers on 15 minutes basis.

  7. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 1:32 am

    “jazbati stupid qoom”

    @Zee, Umar is not representing the whole community over here, he is just an author, why are you ripping off the whole nation by calling them stupid just bcoz of his comments?

  8. HASSAN' (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 2:35 am

    other ISPs can give their dialup number to dial and then they ca take the bill from PTCL phone bill as this is the procedure followed in Saudia Arabia

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 12:23 pm

    @zee: they’ll charge after every 15 mins or what? could you be more elaborative?

    Your calculation is right. This campaign is only to kill other ISPs and fool awams. OKay I agree that its time to discourage Dialup and promote DSL but this is not the healthy option. Also, it’s not clear whether they have changed the tariff of 131 numbers for big cities only like khi,lhr or isb or its for entire Pakistan. If this is for small towns and cities too then I can just sigh for people of small cities and towns because they don’t even have DSL as an alternative and cheap option.

  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 2:33 pm

    ZEE you act so hyper sometimes seems like you are a teeny blopper from some peela school, of khadda market

    131 is never a time framed call.

    PTCL support – unmatchable so far. may be few do not have right number for complaints – 111 20 20 20 is for Broadband complaints

  11. umar (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 5:04 pm

    I am not online from home all the time. Perhaps an hour every day. If I buy scratch card it will expire in a month, and i wont be able to use it completely. With ptcl I can connect anytime, and pay only for the duration I was connected. And the bill comes integrated with my phone bill, so i dont have to do anything extra at all. In a remote area where there are no convinient shops near by, this facility would be a blessing. Specially for elderly people who cannot scratch/read the small this is unbeatable. And it will surely put a dent on other ISPs revenue.

  12. Sarfaraz Ahmed Soomro (unregistered) on October 18th, 2007 @ 11:49 pm

    its a good step but theres no excuse for this

  13. raja (unregistered) on November 4th, 2007 @ 5:06 pm

    still we are not sure about charging a new call after every 15 minits.
    if it is so, then typical 2 rupe per hour calling cards will cost us 12 rupe per hour because of that.

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