Huge Mobilink bill after 3G Trial is over

I started this as a Facebook status but I realized it’s going to better fit as a blog post. Here I go.

Rs. 30,000 worth Mobilink bill, that too on a post-paid number that I don’t use much with a Rs.1500 credit limit???

Mobilink Post-paid users out there , if you were enjoying 3G Trial data on your phone, please be prepared, this could happen to you.

This morning, I received 2 different SMS on my secondary postpaid number saying:

SMS1: Your bill is 4500. Your number is now blocked.

After receiving first SMS I thought it’s fine and I paid it (though it wasn’t fine). I paid the bill and they did say that your number is restored but it got blocked again.

SMS2: Your bill is 26500. Your number is now blocked.

Later I realized total credit limit of this number was only Rs. 1500

*OMG*

Please note this is not my regular number and I use it as a backup (not even secondary ) number.

What to do

If this happens to you, do following:

1. Do not panic 🙂
2. Do not pay any of these bills
3. Make sure this huge bill is not cs of ur international roaming or something.
4. Call the helpline with the facts and figures
5. They will try to shun you off telling you have to pay the bill or ur number is not coming back. Politely make them realize that you have a point 🙂 — obviously a small credit limit number can’t go that high on usage.
6. Once you assert and make them realize, they will talk to somebody senior and will get ur case checked.
7. Usually on the same call they will promise that the bill will be reversed and the number will be restored.
8. If they don’t restore the number in next few minutes, call again and follow step 5 onwards again …. till your problem is solved.

 

Why it actually happened?

It’s definitely 3G data usage.

When I use my normal postpaid number, if my usage goes beyond 75% of my credit limit, they block my number, no calls, no SMS and on 90% even the data is gone.

On 3G, I think they have a different billing mechanism and that’s what caused the problem. Please note if you do not have a package offer activated on your number, they’ll charge you Rs. 18 or so per mb, that is whopping Rs. 18000 per GB.

On the other hand, their bundle offer starts from Rs. 200 per GB , you can see the difference?

Apparently they charged me some GBs worth of data before I signed up for the bundle package.

How to avoid it?

If you really want to use 3G data, go ahead and subscribe to their 3G packages. They are not very expensive.

Package 1 : Rs. 200 per GB, can be subscribed again during a month.

Package 2: Rs. 500 per month, you get 3GB of volume, can’t subscribe again within a month, once you get done with 3GB, Rs. 18/Mb is charged.

Package 3: Rs. 1000 per month, you get 8GB of data, can’t subscribe again in a month, and once over-limit, Rs. 18/Mb is charged.

 

Also, keep an eye on your bill and call immediately before they send you a huge bill.

 

Hope this helps.

 

p.s: Mobilink helpline was really helpful in this regard 🙂

 

Nokia XL and me

Nokia is my first love for mobiles and Android is my current favorite operating system. While Nokia is slowly moving away from Symbian, more Nokias are coming on Windows Mobile OS. The recent interesting development is an Android based Nokia. Well, not very recent but the news isn’t that old. Why I’m writing this post here? I’ve finally got a chance to play around with a Nokia running it’s  modified version of Android OS. The new platform is called Nokia X and the phone I have in my hand right now is called Nokia XL. It’s not the first phone on Nokia X platform but my first Android Nokia.

It’s been only a few hours I’ve got it so can’t say much about it but this place is about to get filled with a lot of Nokia XL stuff, so stay tuned.

Here are a few photos form my pre-unboxing post 🙂

 



 

iOS 7.1.2 is here

Look what Apple sent me today. A new version of iOS.

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I got this on my iPhone 5 in Pakistan. Did you get an update too ?

AdMob gets a new Logo

Google’s mobile ads site Admob has changed it’s logo. Following new logo is now visible on Admob.com website. We were expecting such a change since Admob’s acquisition in2009 but it took quite some time.

Here’s the new logo: admob_logo_v2xx

Facebook Down Worldwide

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Facebook has gone down world wide. The service is down and above message is shown on the website whether you login from web, from mobile or some other device.

The social media site went down at 8:11 am GMT on Thursday 19th July. It’s been several minutes and we still cannot get the site to load around the globe.

Update:
Facebook is now up and running just fine. The outage was for 14 minutes starting at 8:11 GMT and the site came back up at 8:25 GMT. For a short span of 14 minutes, a huge number of Facebook users started flooding Twitter to register the down time.

 

How to watch World Cup Football live in Pakitan

For all the hard core fans of Football in Pakistan, we always need a back-up plan whenever our favorite team’s match is on air. We could have power load-shedding or cable down time any moment and we don’t want to miss our match. Here is how you can watch FIFA world cup 2014 matches live online on your computer, laptop, tablet or mobile.

All you have to do is go to PTV sports live video streaming site and watch it online. If you are on a tablet or mobile, your mobile browser should support Flash to run the live video stream. If you are on PC, most browsers will play the video smoothly.

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Fifa Worldcup 2014 Schedule for Pakistan

FIFA world cup football is starting in Brazil today. While we all have access to some match schedule, I was having trouble accessing a simple schedule according to Pakistan standard time. Here’s a plain schedule for the whole world-cup as per Pakistan Standard Time , that is +5 GMT.

Groups

Teams are divided into 8 groups and here are the teams and their groups.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Spain Colombia Uruguay Switzerland Argentina Germany Belgium
Croatia Netherlands Greece Costa Rica Ecuador Bosnia and Herzegovina Portugal Algeria
Mexico Chile Ivory Coast England France Iran Ghana Russia
Cameroon Australia Japan Italy Honduras Nigeria United States South Korea

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