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Saturday, 23 April 2011

Are you Planning to Change your Cellular Network? by Samia Adnan

Are you Planning to Change your Cellular Network?

Getting a SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) Card is not that difficult these days and with the help of MNP (Mobile Number Portability) you can always change your mobile service provider whenever you feel like.

If you are going to buy a new SIM card or thinking about porting your mobile number on another network then there are many things that you must consider before making a choice.

Going for MNP: When porting your mobile number to another cellular network then do not forget that it takes four days to get your MNP request activated and you will have to stay on that network for at least about 2 months before switching over to another network, otherwise your MNP request will be rejected.  So its better to choose a good network once instead of switching over and over again to test every one of them.

Are the Network Signals Available? The most important thing to consider when choosing a cellular network is to check the seamless connectivity of your desired cellular network. We should make sure that the signals are available in the area where we live and work. You can check the availability of network signals, by using the Mobile’s Network Selection option where after changing it to Manual, go to Phone Settings Menu to check if your required network is available. I did not know or thought about that before I ported by network and had to undergo signal dropping and problems of not being able to call or send a text message due to no signals or just two or one signal bars.

Get the Network that Your Family & Friends Use: If you are a budget conscious person and wants to save as much money or balance then choose the cellular provider mostly used by your family members, friends and relatives, so that you can make best out of the packages like FNF and discounted or free on-net call.

Recharging Balance/Bill Payment: See if you can easily recharge your mobile balance or pay the bill (in case of post-paid connection) easily from the area where you like. So that you do not have to go to a long distance place to get the balance recharged or pay the bills.

Manage your Account Online: There are amny service providers that offer online service so that you can manage your account via online, so that you can keep the record of your  calls, SMS, contacts etc., so that you can access it when you want.

Know Their Packages & Rates: Check if their on-net call, SMS, GPRS/Internetl rates are suitable to your requirements. If you use internet on your mobile then go for the network that offers fast internet at a low rate. You can compare rates of Ufone with Zong, Telenor, Warid and Mobilink before choosing their network.  If you like to use Night Packages then choose the service provider that offers the best Night package according to you need.

Customer Service: Do not forget to check the QOS –Quality of Service of your desired celular network before you opt for it. For this you can check the PTA website or ask people are on that network to know how that service provider treats their customers and how long it takes to get an issue resolved. You can even read people’s views regarding cellular providers on the internet.

Samia Sharif Khan (MRS. SAMIA ADNAN)

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