Thursday, 25 September 2014

Daraz.PK to Officially Sell Samsung Products Online

Daraz.PK to Officially Sell Samsung Products Online

Samsung Pakistan recently entered into a partnership with Daraz.pk to become its official online retailer, said a statement issued by both the companies.

With this partnership Samsung will have a dedicated ‘webstore’ on Daraz.pk, which is accessible at www.daraz.pk/samsung

With this collaboration, online shoppers can browse through the full range of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, tablets and cameras, and select the products that best suit their needs. After confirming the order, their product will be delivered to the consumer’s doorstep. All products will come with an official 12-month warranty.

Commenting on the collaboration, Farees Shah, co-founder Daraz.pk said

“We are dedicated towards offering our customers a wide product-suite and our agreement with Samsung is a further testament of this promise. Samsung is a globally popular brand. We are excited to partner with them, as we offer consumers ease, reliability and an unparalleled online shopping experience.”
The Marketing Communications Manager at Samsung Pakistan – Saad ul Hasan stated that

“Samsung is striving to harness the vast potential of E-commerce in Pakistan, which is growing at a pace of around 20% per year. At present, the total size of E-commerce market in Pakistan is estimated at 25 million US Dollars, with more than 800 online merchants operating across the country. Samsung and Daraz.pk have collaborated to create unparalleled convenience for the customers and to explore the fresh business opportunities in this emerging sector.”

Do Following if You Want to Get Hired in Telecoms!

Do Following if You Want to Get Hired in Telecoms!

CAUTION! Following article contains high level of ‘Sarcasm’ and reader may require aggressive therapy afterwards. Keep out of reach of children, especially the ones seeking admissions in universities this year.

The time is near when, if you get lucky enough to be shortlisted for a job interview, you may expect such questions;

“We understand you can tell us the time by your watch or smartphone but we require at least ‘World Time Association’ Time Telling certificate V 7.0.2 or equivalent”.

You may have a university degree in the required discipline where you spend thousands of dollars, but that’s not enough. Don’t get me wrong, you need the degree to qualify for a job but it’s just a prerequisite. Whatever you studied in the university is not relevant unless you spend thousands of dollars more, to get individual certifications of most of the major subjects of your degree. And don’t forget to pay to get certified from the company who has already sold millions of dollars of equipment or solution to your potential employer. And apart from your core competencies you must have expertise in all other trades. Like I was going through Job Description for a Telecommunication Engineer required by a company and it went like;

“Other than all off-the-shelf certifications of networking, project management, quality assurance, health & safety, first aid, successful candidates must have at least 6 years of experience in telecom sector including but not limited to; 24/7 Operations, deployment, planning and project & account management. Applicant should have hands on experience in Fiber communication, Satellite Communication, Microwave transmission Data Networks, Cloud Computing & Database administration. Candidate must have a successful track record of getting successful business leads and successful telco sales. You must be able to bring us clients, which we as a company haven’t thought of bringing in yet”.
Just imagine you get hired for this job, you must go to work wearing a suit with a huge suitcase having your laptop, spectrum analyzer, toolkit, 1st aid kit, work boots and a helmet. It’s just like a hospital hiring a doctor with specialization in neurology, cardiology, surgery and pathology with extensive experience of patients record keeping, pharmacy and supplying the admitted patients with food at meal times. So, to get a job you must be Hulk having Loki’s brain wearing an Iron Man suit with Captain America’s shield in one hand and Thor’s hammer in the other.

Gone are the golden days of team work. If you see a job posting requiring a team player, than infer you have to be that team alone. Multitasking is an excellent thing but in such cases you have to perform multiple tasks of totally different specialties. Now you can stop wondering why the team of eleven players of Filed Hockey gets a single Gold Medal after winning the finals in Summer Olympics.

Remember the 90’s when we had all the different objects to perform special tasks like computer, video camera, phone, tape recorder, Photo camera, DVD player etc. Now they all are integrated in one easy to carry smartphone, which is seldom used for its core purpose to serve as a phone. You don’t buy a smartphone based on its performance as a phone rather it’s other attributes like camera, display, memory and applications. Likewise is the case with your job application, your degree is a must to apply for but they won’t weight your application which courses you took in your degree but the additional certificates matter more.

In the end it’s your journey as you are the one who owns The Ring. You have to be both Frodo and Samwise Gamgee at the same time. You have to overcome your fears and walk into Mordor. Once you throw the ring then ‘May be’ your recruiter (Gandalf in this case) send an Eagle (Job offer) to air lift and hand over you to your potential employer (Elves of course). Story doesn’t end here but a new chapter of constant struggle will begin. And there is no shortcut to happiness unless you get admissions in Performing Arts in university with Acting as major and take Politics as a career. And if you want to end up owning a matte black Lamborghini Aventador in shortest spam of time play GTA-V (not online).

Writer is in the field of Satellite Communication Operations for over six years with Team and Account Management experience. He works round the clock to retain the On-Board customers and obtain business of potential customers.

World Telecom Day: State Of ICT Industry in Pakistan

World Telecom Day: State Of ICT Industry in Pakistan


In connection with World Telecom and Information Society Day, Dunya News did a special show to discuss ICT industry and its impact on a common man. Guests included:

Najeeb Ullah Malik, Secretary,  Information Technology
Dr. Muhammad Yasin, Chairman, PTA
Aamir Ibrahim, Chief Strategy Officer and Vice President, Telenor Pakistan
Guests discussed government’s role in policy making, PTA’s role for facilitating the industry and for protecting the consumer right and private sector’s achievements for the betterment of ICT in the country.

Following are five parts of the program that got aired on May 17th, 2010.

Part 1:

Najeeb Ullah Malik briefed that government policies are well in place to facilitate ICT industry at its best. He said that policy framework in Pakistan regarding ICT is very comprehensive, coherent and consistent. Policies in Pakistan are providing a level playing field to ICT companies to provide services in the country at tremendous scale and pace.

Mr. Najeeb discussed how ICT industry in Pakistan is revolutionized through innovative products and how it is enhancing the life style of a common man.

Dr. Yasin said that PTA is not to regulate but its prime objective is to facilitate the industry while keeping in line with the government policies. He said that Pakistan showcased tremendous growth in ICT in recent years, which demonstrates how well authority has facilitated the industry in providing best possible ground for investment and doing businesses.

Aamir Ibrahim, CSO, Telenor Pakistan attributed the boom in ICT as a result of private-public partnership. He said that telecommunication deregulation policy came at the right time – during the years communication has transformed from a luxury tool or a rich boys’ toy to a mass instrument, which is key to growth at all levels.



Part 2:

When asked about the pace of ICT development in Pakistan compared to rest of the world, Mr. Najeeb Ullah Malik said that we are very much on the track. He said that Government is working in 32 different areas that ranges from citizen to entertainment services.

He said that telecom infrastructure in Pakistan is capable of supporting any futuristic service, and very soon all these services (from 32 different areas) are going to be available to a common man.

Secretary Information Technology said that ICT companies operating in Pakistan are second to none, they are very innovative and technically sound – that makes it possible for them to absorb and offer latest possible technologies.

Dr. Yasin explained PTA’s efforts for elimination of illegal SIMs. He said that in 2008 there were 2.8 million mobile users added each month, which left some margin of errors. However, now there are procedures in place now that leave no chance of illegal sale of SIM.

Dr. Yasin didn’t give any time-line for 3G. He said that Authority is waiting for policy from the Government to get things going.



Part 3:

Mr. Aamir Ibrahim emphasized that friendly policies from government, regulator’s facilitation and investment from private sector is optimum combination for phenomenal growth. This is exactly what happened in Pakistan that enabled the masses, not the businesses or the elite only, but everyone to communicate. He said that praise worthy thing about Pakistan is that it has lowest tariff plans in the whole world

Mr. Ibrahim said that telecom companies, in collaboration with PTA, are working on SPAM filters.

Mr. Najeeb Ullah Malik mentioned that government is focused on bridging the digital divide. Mr. Malik acknowledged that digital divide is notable in rural areas, while it’s negligible in cities.

For the purpose he told that Universal Service Fund is playing pivotal role in providing ICT services to un-served or even the under-served community of the country.



Part 4:

Continuing his discussion on digital divide, Mr. Malik said that ICT industry in Pakistan is driven by private sector. The way it has laid down the infrastructure now the next level is to spread the ICT awareness, starting from schools and then onwards. He said that our community needs to be aware of ICT services and applications to truly become a knowledge base society.

Dr. Yasin, Chairman PTA, told that authority introduced consumer protection regulation in 2009. Purpose was to handle SPAM and un-wanted calls. He said that 3 out of 5 operators have implemented their in-house SPAM filters, through which consumer can block un-wanted callers – while rest are in process of implementing these filters, very shortly.

Chairman said that he is very satisfied and proud of telecom operators’ input towards corporate social responsibility.

Mr. Aamir Ibrahim expressed that in future a common man will be able to control his life through mobile phone, meaning that a mobile phone will be controlling the lives. He said that everything will converge over mobile phones, let it be emails, internet, voice, banking, TV channels and so on.

Mr. Aamir explained Easypaisa and described how it is adding value to lives by easing the banking solutions for a common man.



Part 5:

In fifth and final part Aamir Ibrahim continued his discussion on Easypaisa. He said that next big wave, in his opinion, is banking services for the un-banked. He said that Telenor, as a telecom company, has advantage over conventional banks due to its huge retailer network, where customers can avail the banking facility.

He told that 10,000 utility bills are being paid through Easypaisa, while it has served 1 million customers in 6 months of its operations while total transactions valued more than PKR 2 billion.

Dr. Yasin stressed the need of local content and applications. He said that PTA is already working in line for strategic support for content and applications development through seminars, scholarships, partnerships etc.

He said that PTA, for time being, is focusing on innovation in the field of local content. He said there is dire need to maintain entrepreneurship trends – this is how youth can get best benefited out of ICT infrastructure available in the country.

Mr. Najeeb Ullah Malik concluded the discussion by saying that government is reformulating the policies, instead of revising, to meet futuristic demands of the industry.

Zong to Launch its 4G Tomorrow!

Zong to Launch its 4G Tomorrow!

Exactly like we reported earlier this week, Zong is now all set to launch its 4G services in Pakistan tomorrow, Saturday, the September 27th, 2014.

If sources are to be believed, Zong has purchased half page placement in all major newspapers of the country on the launch day. Company will also run heavy advertisements on TV as well as on the websites.

As we told you before, there Zong will mark the commencement of 4G services in Pakistan with a launch event in PC Hotel Karachi. This launch event might also include a musical show.

Not to mention, Zong is already running a teaser campaign that hints about 27th September launch of Zong’s 4G, check below the advertisement:


While we don’t have any confirmations about the launch cities of 4G services, but we can confirm you that users in Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore will experience 4G services on first day of the launch. It merits mentioning here that Zong is already in process of delivering 4G compatible SIMs.

4G Coverage footprint is going to be decidedly low. Imagine the kind of coverage we had for 3G networks on day one, 4G coverage will be only lesser than that.

If we may tell you frankly, don’t expect anything out of the proportion at once. 4G will take time to make its mark here. Considering that Zong is still in the early stages of 3G deployments, 4G rollouts will be slow, steady yet worth waiting.

1 Paisa Per Second on 1 Number: Djuice

1 Paisa Per Second on 1 Number: Djuice

Djuice Customers can now call one FnF number at 1 Paisa Per Second, round the clock. This number would be in addition to the already existing 5 Friends & Family numbers.

In order to avail 1 Paisa/sec offer, customers have to add the number of their special friend to the 6th slot of their FnF list.

How to add FnF number for 1 Paisa Per Second

It’s Simple! Just SMS the following command to 345:
FnF6<space><Friend’s Number>
For example send FnF6 03451234567 to 345

Tariff

Call rates for FnF Slots 1 – 5 are as per follows:

From 8 am – 12 am: 50 Paisas + tax / 30 seconds
From 12 am – 8 am: Rs. 4 + Tax / HOUR
Call rates for FnF Slot 6 are as per follows:

1 PAISA/Second (inclusive of all taxes) through out the day (24 Hours)

Terms

This offer is available on the 6th FnF number only – dial 555 to manage your FnF list
There are no extra or daily charges for availing this new offer.
This offer is not available on Djuice Jaagtay Raho Package.
Rs. 4/hour will still be available to djuice customers on the numbers added to slot 1 – 5 on their FnF list.
If you want to add the number currently occupying the 1st slot to the 6th slot, the number would have to be deleted from the 1st slot and then added to the 6th slot.
Call rate includes FED (Federal Excise Duty)
Limited Time offer

Ufone Introduces Special Roaming Tariffs for Hajj Pilgrims

Ufone Introduces Special Roaming Tariffs for Hajj Pilgrims

Ufone has launched a new offer for pilgrims leaving for Hajj, under which Ufone Prepaid customers will be able to use their Ufone SIM in Saudi Arabia at lowest call rates, thus completely alleviating the hassle of buying a local Saudi Arabian SIM card.

Prepaid roamers who select Saudi Arabia’s Mobily and Zain networks will be charged at a minimal rate for outgoing calls to Pakistan and within Saudi Arabiaas well as on all incoming calls.

Additionally, incoming SMS from all over the world will be free of any charges. The offer is automatically activated on all Ufone prepaid numbers free of charge.

Moreover customers can take along a scratch card or ask their friends and family back home to perform Uload.

Here are Tariff Details:

Outgoing Calls to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia: Rs. 0.30/second (inclusive of tax)
Incoming calls from anywhere in the world: Rs. 0.48 per second
Per second charging is only applicable for outgoing calls to Saudi Arabia & Pakistan only. For other destinations standard IR tariff will be charged.
Incoming SMS: Free
Charges for other services will be charged as per standard IR tariff
User have to be on Mobily or Zain Network in Saudi Arabia to avail these rates
Terms & Conditions:

This offer is for prepaid customers only;
No subscription will be required to avail this promo
This offer is automatically activated on all Ufone prepaid numbers without any charges.
Per second charging can only be applicable when subscriber is latched to Mobily and Zain networks in Saudi Arabia.
Per second charging is only applicable for outgoing calls to Saudi Arabia & Pakistan only. For other destinations standard IR tariff will be charged
Per second charging is also applicable for incoming calls from anywhere around the world.
Charges for other services will be charged as per standard IR tariff
Standard published rates and charging shall apply on roaming on other networks in these selected destinations
Ufone keeps the right to change or terminate this offer

Ufone Launches Low Priced BlackBerry Package Plans

Ufone Launches Low Priced BlackBerry Package Plans

Ufone has launched two extremely low priced and affordable BlackBerry package plans. Primary aimed at youth, Ufone has devised a ‘Blackberry Social Service’ plan to meet their everyday communication needs.

At just Rs. 350 per month the BlackBerry Social Service enables the user to create and use one BlackBerry email address (e.g. username@ufone.blackberry.com) and offers unlimited access to the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service.

The user will also have unlimited access to browse the BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service (BIBS), including data usage on Umail. Furthermore the user will be able to access social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter & MySpace as well.

The second package ‘BlackBerry Complete’ has been specifically devised for entry level professionals and SMEs. At just Rs 600 per month the ‘BlackBerry Complete Service’ offers one BlackBerry email address (e.g. username@ufone.blackberry.com) and the user can also integrate and use one third party email account such as Gmail, Yahoo, Windows® Live Email etc.

The user will also have unlimited access to the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service and will be able to browse the BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service (BIBS), including data usage on Umail.

Users of BlackBerry complete will have unlimited access to Social Networking Services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter & MySpace ) and also have  access to Instant Messaging Services such as Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger & AOL Messenger.

Following are highlights of both the plans:

Ufone Social Service:

Create and use only one (1) BlackBerry email address (e.g. username@ufone.blackberry.com);
Access the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service;
Access the BlackBerry App World service once available in Pakistan
Access or browse the BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service (BIBS), including data usage on Umail.Internet APN; and
Access Social Networking Services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter & MySpace only).
Ufone Complete Service:

Create and use only one (1) BlackBerry email address (e.g. username@ufone.blackberry.com);
Integrate and use only one (1) third party email account (Gmail, Yahoo, Windows® Live Email (e.g. Hotmail, etc.), etc.;
Access the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) service;
Access the BlackBerry App World service once available in Pakistan
Access or browse the BlackBerry Internet Browsing Service (BIBS), including data usage on Umail.Internet APN;
Access Social Networking Services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter & MySpace only); and
Access to Instant Messaging Services (e.g. Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo Messenger & AOL Messenger only)
Pricing:

Ufone Social Plan monthly tariff is Rs 350 inclusive of all taxes.
Ufone Complete Plan monthly tariff is Rs 600 inclusive of all taxes.
Data usage on Umail.Internet APN over 1 GB will be charged as per standard GPRS tariff i.e. Rs 15/MB.
Customers can easily join Ufone’s network by dialing 03312361236 and start saving Rs. 650 every month whilst extracting maximum use of their BlackBerry devices!

While discussing the new BlackBerry packages, Akbar Khan, Chief Marketing Officer at Ufone said that these packages are a need of today’s tech-savvy BlackBerry using generation.  He further said that Ufone has been a market leader in offering cost effective and affordable packages that have met the ever evolving needs of its customers. He stressed that smart organizations constantly innovate to keep up in the race to keep their customers satisfied, and Ufone aims to do just that!

Uth Pack Offers 7% Exclusive Discount On Galaxy S4

Uth Pack Offers 7% Exclusive Discount On Galaxy S4

If you are planning to buy Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4, then Uth Pack has this treat of the town for you.

If you are Uth Pack customer then you can get exclusive 7 percent discount or Rs. 5,040 off for buying Samsung Galaxy S4.

Uth Pack has said that this exclusive discount is not all that they are offering. Additionally, you will be given free Ufone to Ufone minutes, Free SMS and free Mobile internet when purchasing Samsung S4.

Here are the details of free minutes, SMS and Mobile Internet:

Free on-net Minutes (6,000 minutes) for one month
Free SMS (9,000 SMS) for one month
Free Mobile Internet (1.5 GB of data) for one month
However, you will have to hurry up a little. Since Uth Pack has said that stock is limited, hence discount will be offered to first come first serve basis.

Yes, Samsung Galaxy S4 bought with Uth Pack comes with all the features and company warranty.

Bookings can be done through Uth Pack Facebook and Web page only.

Terms and Conditions:

Only one handset per one Uth Pack SIM/CNIC is allowed
If qualified, user will be called with-in 72 hours after the booking
Customer will have to buy the phone with-in 48 hours, or his booking will be cancelled
Handsets will be available on Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad service centres only
This offer is for Uth Pack customers only

Warid IVR Balance Inquiry isn't Free Anymore

Warid IVR Balance Inquiry isn't Free Anymore

We are just told that Warid has starting charging on Balance Inquiries on IVR, that is by dialing 121. IVR balance inquiry, that was previously free on Warid while all other operators used to charge it 10 paisas plus tax.

However, contrary to other operators, Warid is charging 60 12 Paisas (inclusive of taxes) for IVR balance checking – and that too without any prior notice to customers.

It must be kept in mind that on screen balance checking, or USSD balance inquiry (*100#) is still free.

Let’s hope that USSD balance inquiry will remain free – as it is the only free treat left in the telecom sector.

On similar note, this habit of changing service charges without informing customer’s is getting popular – thanks to soft heart of PTA, which is causing damages to customers while companies are making huge bucks.

Update: Previously Warid was charging 60 Paisas, however, now these charges are lowered to 12 Paisas per inquiry.

Mobilink Introduces Smart Office Solutions for Businesses

Mobilink Introduces Smart Office Solutions for Businesses

Mobilink has launched Smart Office, a new service aimed specifically at businesses. An industry first, it effectively converts every employee’s mobile phone into an extension and eliminates the need for expensive PABX equipment.

A business using Smart Office would be able to enjoy all the advantages of a conventional telephone exchange service on the official Mobilink mobile numbers of employees.

The service offers an extensive feature set. There is automation in the form of an IVR menu, smart operator which forwards calls to the appropriate employee and different options and menus based on working and non-working hours. There are a multitude of other services like blacklisted callers, welcome/goodbye messages and high priority callers.

The Smart Office web portal is an easy way to manage everything. It allows the administrator to assign extensions, track call usage and logs, customize the voice menus and settings. In addition, it can also retrieve voice mail and provides access to many other Smart Office features.

Overall, we are very impressed with the whole service and the features.

Here’s a run-down of the plans available for the Smart Office service.
Smart Office Basic
  • Up to 50 extensions: 100 PKR / extension
Smart Office Advance
  • Up to 50 extensions: 150 PKR / extension
  • Up to 100 extensions: 130 PKR / extension
  • Up to 250 extensions: 120 PKR / extension
  • Up to 500 extensions: 100 PKR / extension
  • More than 500 Extensions: 80 PKR/ extention
Monthly Calling Plans
Plan NameMinutesPrice
Smart Office Starter5,0007000 PKR
Smart Office Value10,00013,000 PKR
Smart Office Ace15,00018,000 PKR
Smart Office Max25,00028,500 PKR
You aren’t limited to these plans only. Mobilink offers a ‘Build Your Own Plan’ sectionhere which you can use to customize the number of extensions you need as well as add Bolt-Ons, which can be used to enable employees to talk to customers.
With Smart Office and various other services in the Business suite, Mobilink is aiming to become the top one-solution service provider for businesses and companies. Since Mobilink is the first in this field, other telecom operators will have their work cut out to break into the market.

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