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Ncell brings cheap data packs

July 15, 2015: Ncell, the private telco has brought new data packages that are more cheap than their previous packages. The daily, weekly and monthly packages are avail of new volume size and at very affordable rates. The new data plan is known to be valid from today (July 15, 2015). All you have to do is dial *17123# from your mobile (both prepaid and postpaid) to buy one of the internet packages that you want. All one day, 7 day and 30 day pack contains three packs which are termed as Light, Medium and Heavy and among them, the heavy ones are the cheapest one. Once the volume in the data pack is over, the standard charge as per your tariff will apply unless you buy a new one. The customers can dial *901# to know the remaining balance.
Here is the data volumes and the tariff for the new cheap data plan from Ncell.
If you compare the price of 1 GB monthly data pack to the old one, it is found that Ncell has reduced the price from Rs 699 to Rs 550 (excluding taxes) and also included 2 GB, 3 GB monthly packs at Rs 850 and Rs 1150 respectively. With the price war between NT and Ncell in data, Ncell is coming with new data packs at more affordable rates. Lets see how NT fights back now.
 

How to save your mobile from rain

Mansoon has already arrived in our country. Rain water is a big requirement for the paddy field and also a big boon for reducing the load shedding hours. But this time of the year, people should be extra careful of their mobile while travelling, as the rain water may damage your mobile phone put inside your pocket/bag unless your phone is a waterproof one.

Here are some of the ways to save your mobile phone from rain water.


Put your phone inside a plastic.
As rain may enter inside your pocket/bag, it is very useful to put your phone inside a plastic bag. Make sure the plastic bag is not teared to prevent the water from entering. 
Do keep a silica gel inside to keep the device moisture free.
If you are strolling or using your bike, place your phone in the inner layer of your raincoat pocket or inside your waterproof bag. 

Waterproof cover.
Instead of simple plastic, you can even buy special waterproof cases/cover to make it safe for continuous use in the rain.

Hands free mode
Put your phone in a safe place and use it hands free or with earpiece to save it from water.

Switch off if it gets wet.
If a mobile gets wet, you should immediately switch it off or take out the battery and leave it for a day till the phone (along with inside chip circuitry) gets dry.
Do not use any heating equipment or charger.
If it was heavily soaked in the rain, you should submerge the phone, battery and SIM inside a bowl of rice for a day.

If you know more tricks to save your mobile from water, do provide us in the comment section below.
 

NT regains top spot in voice.

June 17, 2015: Nepal Telecom, the pioneering telco has regained its top position in voice. According to the Latest NTA report, NT surpassed Ncell in subscriber numbers for the month of Falgun, though the percentage of both the operators is found the same of 46 percent. As the majority of the subscription is from the mobile, the figure is actually based on the no of distributed SIM cards. Ncell has around 12,157 thousands subscribers solely based on the GSM technology where as NT's subscribers stand at 12,183 thousands for GSM, CDMA, PSTN, WLL. From some years, Ncell has been claiming the top spot based on the no of subscription, though the no of active subscribers are pretty low compared to the distributed ones. The active subscribers for Ncell also seemed to be lower than that of NT. Since NTA's report is based on the subscription data but not on the active subscribers, it was advantageous to the largest private operator. NT was already the leader in market share in data/Internet with 57 percent market compare to that of Ncell's 40 percent. Similarly for data, Ncell is only based on the GPRS/3G subscription whereas for NT, the number is that of GPRS/3G, ADSL, WiMAX, CDMA/EVDO.

 

Nepal Telecom launches NT recharge

May 20, 2015: One month after the announcement of NT recharge, Nepal Telecom has launched the single recharge card today. The new recharge card called NT recharge can be used to top up the balance for GSM prepaid and CDMA prepaid and postpaid services till now, which will be expanded to use for all services of Nepal Telecom, in a bid to converge for a single recharge platform. This single recharge came true after the recent up-gradation of their billing system. There are huge complains in the market for the problem of the recharge system in Nepal Telecom. With the new launch of the integrated recharge card, NT believes the recharge problem will be solved for ever. Meanwhile it is also known, the old recharge cards will also be available in the market for sometime. 

How to use the new recharge card in NT.

There are actually many ways to use the new NT recharge card.
  • Through IVR, you need to dial 1415 and follow the instructions to put 15 digit pin code.
  • Through USSD code, you need to dial *412*PIN CODE#
  • Through Web, you have to visit http://webrecharge.ntc.net.np 
To confirm the top up balance, GSM prepaid customers can either dial *400# or call 1415 but for CDMA service, only 1415 IVR works.

 

Operators having tough time maintaining Mobile service following the earthquake.

May 20, 2015: Following the mega earthquake on Baishak 12 and the series of aftershocks afterwards, Nepali telecom operators are working hard to recover their mobile services in the affected areas. The earthquake not only made huge loss of life and buildings, but it had also brought significant impact in the telecom infrastructures which is owned separately by the operators. In several places, Operators used alternatives like Diesel Generators, Mobile BTS van, Satellite links and Temporary cells on vehicles to resume the services on one hand whereas on the other hand the house-owners are putting a lot of pressure on the operators. As most of the telecom tower reside in people's homes over their roof top in City areas, it is giving tough time for the operators to resume their service as the house owners are complaining to remove the towers from their houses. There are some buildings where the damage is serious and that demands immediate removal of the tower to prevent additional loss of life and property. But the house-owners whose buildings are not any way damaged, are also demanding to remove the towers. Fearful of additional damage from the recurrent aftershocks, such complains from house owners are growing big. As communication in the emergency period is of utmost importance, Government bodies and regulators are asking operators to retain the basic mobile service at any cost. NTA even provided additional frequencies in GSM 900 MHz to help the operators resume their services, this will be of avail if the operators could not operate their towers in people's houses. With the increasing complain letters from the rigid house-owners, operators (mostly NT, Ncell and UTL) took it to the regulator NTA (Nepal Telecommunication Authority) for this issue which was already taken there by some house owners. Civil engineers Team from the operators (along with support from NEA) have been assessing the telecom towers and they assured house-owners for no future damage in their property only due to the telecom towers, as it already withstood the major earthquake on Baishak 12 and have no significant damage in it. Being a responsible citizen, the house-owners should also cooperate with the operators to keep the communication alive in this emergency situation.
Photo: People using mobile at night inside their tents. Many people are still sleeping under tents, due to fear of recurrent earthquakes and the mobiles is their all time companion.

 
 
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