-  Tuesday 19 January 2021

Mero Mobile to waive basic rental charge

KATHMANDU, Feb 10 - Spice Nepal Private Limited (SNPL), the operator of Mero Mobile brand of mobile phones, has announced waiver in minimum rental charge - fixed at Rs 500 - on post-paid services from the next week.
Deputy Chief Marketing Officer of SNPL, Ruslan Zhukeyev said that the scheme will come into effect from Monday, February 13, and would be applicable to all the subscribers. “New clients who procure Mero Mobile connection by April 13 2006 will also enjoy the facility,” he told the Post.

Once the new scheme comes into effect, post-paid subscribers of Mero Mobile can pay the bills based on the calls they make. Until now, subscribers were required to pay the basic monthly rental charge of Rs 500 irrespective of the number of calls they made.

SNPL has further announced to provide a free talk worth Rs 1,000 with every purchase of post-paid sim cards. This scheme would also come into effect from Monday, February 13, will be applicable on calls made from Mero Mobile to Mero Mobile.

“This scheme will also remain valid till April 13, 2006,” said Zhukeyev. SNPL had recently reduced the subscription fee of post-paid services to Rs 2,500.

The company is planning to introduce multimedia messaging service (MMS) by the end of March this year.

Spice Nepal, which includes 75 percent shares of VISOR Holdings of Kazakhstan, 20 percent shares of local partners and five percent share of Spice Cell, India, is the first cell phone company to introduce GPRS in the country.

According to the officials, the company's customer base in Kathmandu has gone up to 90,000 within the six months of its establishment. It has already extended its service to Pokhara and is planning to commercially launch service in Hetauda by first week of March.

“Even in the current situation when pre-paid cell phone lines have remained suspended, the company has invested huge amount of money to reinforce the services and make it more customer friendly,” Zhukeyev said.

“If things go according to the plan and if conducive environment for the operation is created, we plan to extend our services to all major cities of the country, including Birgunj, Pokhara, Janakpur, Bhairahawa, Biratnagar, Butwal, Nepalgunj, Bharatpur, Hetauda, Banepa and Dharan, by the end of this year,” Zhukeyev added.

On the suspension of pre-paid services, he said that the company was willing to assist the government, but 'the state could find better ways to manage security'.

 The Kathmanud Post

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