On Friday last week, Telecel advised broadband subscribers through SMS that all mobile broadband usage would be charged US 10 cents per megabyte starting 1 May 2011. The charging did start as indicated but Telecel says it’s still just a test.
We wrote to the mobile operator for clarification on the mobile broadband pricing structure and here’s the response we got from a Telecel spokesperson:
The 3G service is still in its trial stages. One aspect of the service that was still to be tested was the billing system. The charge of 10 cents per megabyte has been introduced to enable Telecel to test this aspect before launching the service commercially. The cost will be deducted from the user’s normal airtime. When Telecel is ready to fully launch its service commercially the commercial rates will be announced. However during this testing phase the charge will be 10 cents per megabyte and this will be deducted from the subscriber’s airtime.