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1 paise per second Vs 50 paise per minute billing for Indian prepaid mobile phones

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These days 1ps per second is all the rage in prepaid mobile phone plans all over India. Pay only as much as you talk, not a second more, that’s the mantra. But is 1ps per second really cheap? Cheaper than even the 50ps per minute plans that most mobile operators also offer.

I have made a graph of the call charges vs time talked to make sense of the situation.

Click image for high res pdf version.

We see from the above graph, that if most of your calls are around or less than 2 minutes 30 seconds, then having a 1ps per second makes sense. After that, there is a higher chance that the 50ps per minute plan is more likely to save money.

And if most of your calls are above 5 minutes, then there makes absolutely NO SENSE to go for the per second billing plans, since the 50ps per minute call charge is always lower than the per second billing charges.

So there, I hope I have made some sense of the madness that is per second billing in the Indian prepaid mobile market.


– Neel

Written by Neelesh Mohile

January 19, 2011 at 3:39 pm

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  1. Although the dicey thing is that rarely does ending a call at the 59th second happen! /sec might take the lead in that case


    April 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm

  2. Great info and makes things absolutely clear with that graph! thanks a ton 🙂


    April 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm

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