HOW DIGICEL IS RIPPING YOUR HARD EARNED KINA



by MARK POWIA
Below table shows prepaid data plan pricing for both Digicel and Bmobile.  A few points to note are:
In bundle charging refers to the per megabyte rate that a customers will be charged if they buy a specific prepaid data plan. So for example if I buy 1 Day Pass from Bmobile which is K3 for 50MB, I will be charged at 6t per MB when I browse the internet. If I buy a 1 Day Pass from Digicel at K3 for 60MB, I will be charged at 5t per MB.

Bmobile & Digicel both charge by billing block, this is not the same as the charge per megabyte. Bmobile charges 0.03t/10KB while Digicel charges 19t/400KB. What does this mean for prepaid data consumers? Before we get to the answer, let’s explain how data units are calculated. 

1024KB is equal to 1MB and 1024MB is equal to 1GB. Now the billing block charging means that if a customer switches on their data connection on their smartphone and initiates s a data session of 5KB only, if you are on Digicel you will be charged 19t because any session less than or equal to 400KB is charged at 19t. If you are Bmobile, you will be charged 3t since the session is less than or equal to 10KB. So if you do not buy a data plan and you are browsing the internet with your own credit, this is how you will be charged:

o   Bemobile: 1024/10 = 102.4. Multiply this with 3t and your actual charge of 1MB will be K3.07

o   Digicel: 1024/400 = 2.56. . Multiply this with 19t and your actual charge of 1MB will be  0.4864 or 49t

Now you may say Digicel is cheaper however if you are browsing using a data plan, it’s the opposite.  At a billing block of 400KB you will be charged faster compared to a billing block of 10KB. This is why consumer’s data plans deplete faster on Digicel network and people wonder why it happens. Every time you start a new session 400K is deducted from your data bundle, this will happen even though you just did a post on FB and use up 30KB, Digicel’s billing system will still deduct 400KB.

Digicels marketing team are smart, they say get more for less but they are actually depleting your data very fast because of the 400KB billing block. This info is available on the website except that people don’t understand what it means.
 
Bmobile Vodafone
FEE (K)
Bundle Size (MB)
In bundle Charge (K)
Validity
3
50
0.06
24hrs
5
70
0.07
3 Days
10
150
0.07
7 Days
20
350
0.06
14 Days
80
1536
0.05
30 Days
225
5120
0.04
30 Days
375
10240
0.04
30 Days

Digicel Normal Plans

FEE (K)
Bundle Size (MB)
In bundle Charge (K)
Validity

3
60
0.05
24hrs

10
190
0.05
3 Days

20
450
0.04
7 Days

30
700
0.04
14 Days

65
1500
0.04
30 Days

80
1945.6
0.04
15 Days

200
5120
0.04
30 Days

300
9728
0.03
30 Days






Digicel Social Plans
FEE (K)
Bundle Size (MB)
In bundle Charge (K)
Validity
Comments
4
60
0.07
24hrs
Comes with FREE browsing of FB, Twitter, Instagram & PNGLoop
12
190
0.06
3 Days
Comes with FREE browsing of FB, Twitter, Instagram & PNGLoop
23
450
0.05
7 Days
Comes with FREE browsing of FB, Twitter, Instagram & PNGLoop
35
700
0.05
14 Days
Comes with FREE browsing of FB, Twitter, Instagram & PNGLoop
70
1500
0.05
30 Days
Comes with FREE browsing of FB, Twitter, Instagram & PNGLoop

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