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Mobile operator change update [ Wednesday, 25 Feb 09 | 10:49 ]
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Around 17:00 yesterday afternoon I received an SMS from Simyo saying that in less than 12 hours my mobile operator would change. And than this morning my mobile said “inactive SIM”. So I replaced the Movistar SIM with the one from Simyo. Just before 09:00 I called Ruben for FREE in order to activate the new SIM chip. Ruben called me back to ensure that everything was working OK in both directions.

Just now I received some Movistar publicity to recharge my mobile. Somethings never seem to change!

[User Picture]From: erstexman
Wednesday, 25 Feb 09 | 16:43 (UTC)
I left my former provider years ago and still get promotional material on occasion.
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[User Picture]From: iberianbear
Sunday, 01 Mar 09 | 02:42 (UTC)
You are still paying the call setup on those 10 free minutes that Simyo gives you.
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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Sunday, 01 Mar 09 | 06:17 (UTC)

Call setup charge

For our non-European readers, mobile call charges are composed of two parts: the cost for making the call (set-up) and the duration of the call. The same goes for my fixed line (land line) when I make an international call.

Typical in the US is that you are only charged for a call if the call is answered. For example, you are not charged if the line is "busy" or "no one is at home" (phone does not go "off-hook".) Here you are charged regardless if the call is "completed". (I assume things such as "trunk busy" signals are not counted as an attempted call.)

On the other hand, when you receive a call on your mobil phone you are not charged for the duration of the call like most "plans" in the US. Here you are only charged when you originate the call. Likewise, there is no charge for receiving SMS messages.

I forgot to mention that to establish a mobile call, the call setup charge, is 0,15 €.

Chuck, it's all about tariffs

Edited at 2009-03-01 06:21 am (UTC)
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