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Nov 29, 2016
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Starting January 1, 2017, the rate of cross-network calls will be reduced from the current P4.00 to just P2.50.

According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the current rates were deemed too steep compared to other Asian countries, GMA News reports.

NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba

“We made a study and compared it with other countries. The average is around P2.25 to P2.50 (per minute),” NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba said.

This development comes after telecommunications giants Globe Telecom and PLDT Inc. (also Smart, Sun, TNT) signed a memorandum of understanding to lower interconnection rates. 

So this means that:

1) You'll no longer have to borrow money from your parents (or a generous soul)...
For load, that is. Hopefully, the new rates will lessen the number of times you need to pester your mom for money. And now, you can actually afford to call her just to say hello.

2) No need to beg for pasaload from your more generous friends
In the same vein as entry number 1, you won’t have to constantly badger old friends from college just to get that piso you need to register to a promo during the wee hours of the night.

3) You don’t need to be conscious of that minutely rate
It’s hard to focus on what the person you’re talking to is saying if what’s at the back of your mind is the huge bill you're amassing by staying on the line.  

4) You can now choose to call instead of just sending a text message
Some things are just easier and better said through a call, but the steep rate (P4 for calls per minute versus P1 per text) simply makes text messaging the more practical option. With the new rates, who wouldn’t want to call more? 

5) You have more load for unexpected emergency calls
Most importantly, you’ll be ready when that need to make an emergency call comes. Emergency call meaning midnight fast food delivery. 

Photo from www.bulacan.gov.ph

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