70% discount: Etisalat international calls for half a fils a second

And the catch is: there will be a set-up fee of Dh1 per call

Etisalat, a UAE telecom operator, has slashed charges by almost 70 per cent for international calls under its new per second Wasel billing plan.

Customers subscribing will be charged only 0.5 fils per second compared to 99 fils per minute. The plan will offer per-second billing with the same price valid for all day, every day. However, there will be a set-up fee of Dh1 per call.

A company call centre employee said they were not yet aware of the new offer and hence could not share more details.

The new plan will include all networks in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and China besides etisalat numbers in Egypt and Sri Lanka.

Wasel customers have to dial *141# to join the new plan.

Last month, etisalat introduced a new postpaid tariff plan, which allows users to design their own payment plan and make savings with per-second billing with reduced voice and data prices.

Under the “New Postpaid” package customers will have to pay 25 fils per minute for local calls and 50 fils per minute for international calls. All calls are billed on per second basis, which brings additional savings for subscribers making calls for less than a minute. In response to the increasing demand for data among UAE users, etisalat also reduced charges by 50 per cent through the introduction of a 1GB package at Dh50.

The telecom operator has opened multiple channels for subscription inquiries to the New Postpaid tariff such as online, unstructured supplementary service data (USSD), interactive voice response (IVR), via SMS and through Etisalat stores. Users can also alternatively dial *140# and follow instructions to activate the package.

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