Saturday, 16 September 2017

Ufone Social Data Buckets/Package/Offer



Bucket Name Price Volume (MB)           Timing Subscription Code
**Social Daily 05         100                          24 Hours *4422#
**Daily Chat 05            10,000 SMS
+ Unlimited Whatsapp 24 Hours *3465#

***Social Monthly 50 Free Usage on Facebook, Twitter & Whatsapp. 30 Days *5858#


Ufone Monthly 30 days Internet Package/Buckets/Offer


Internet at affordable rates
Enjoy Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Line absolutely free

Bucket Name           Price Volume (MB) Timing         Subscription Code
Monthly 1GB           250 1,024 24 hours          *7807#  
Monthly 3GB           500 3,072 24 hours            *803#  
Monthly 10GB   1,000 10,240 24 hours           *5100#

Ufone Weekly 7 days Internet Package Buckets

Internet at affordable rates
Enjoy Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Line absolutely free

Bucket Name      Price Volume (MB)          Timing Subscription Code
Weekly Light 50              250            24 hours *7811#  
Weekly Heavy 125                  500           24 hours *7815#


Friday, 15 September 2017

Ufone 3 Day Internet Package/Buckets/Offer 3G

Internet at affordable rates
Enjoy Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Line absolutely free

Bucket Name Price Volume (MB)       Timing          Subscription Code
3 Day Bucket 25 100                        24 hours        *3350#


Ufone 3G Prepaid Tariff/Package/Offer Ufone Daily Internet 3G Package/Bucket

Ufone 3G - Now Simpler and more affordable!

Choose your own 3G Mobile Internet buckets
  • Internet at affordable rates
  • Enjoy Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Line absolutely free
Daily Buckets

Bucket Name Price Volume (MB)     Timing            Subscription Code
*Daily Light 10              40           24 Hours                          *2256#   
*Daily Heavy 15               75                24 Hours                            *2258#   
*Special Daily 05                  50             01 AM- 09 PM             *3461#   
Mega Internet bucket 99              1,024           1 AM - 6 AM                    *550#


Ufone Super Karachi Offer/Packages

Endless talk time for our Karachi based customers

fone brings for U the power-packed Super Karachi Offer. Our Super Karachi Offer will overload Ufone customers living in the city of Lights with endless talk time to use as they see fit.

U can make unlimited calls 24 hours a day to all Ufone, PTCL and Vfone numbers at the incredibly low daily subscription rate of just Rs. 7.99 + tax! What’s more, this offer will auto-renew at midnight to provide unlimited connectivity so that U never fall short of talk time. 

Prices & Tariff 

Daily subscription rate – Rs. 7.99 + tax

Subscription
Dial *2200#

Additional Information
Offer valid for prepaid Karachi customers only 

Offer will auto-renew at midnight (minimum balance of 9.55 required)

Super Karachi Offer can be deactivated by dialling *7681# free of cost

Terms & Conditions
  • Additional charges of 15 paisa's/call will be charged
  • In Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA an additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages
  • Offer is valid from time of subscription to 23:59 the same night
  • In case balance of Rs. 9.55 is not present in the account, the offer will automatically unsubscribe
  • Calls to short codes, IVR and UAN numbers are not included in this offer
  • 19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill/recharge apply
  • In Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA 18.5% FED and other taxes on bill/recharge will apply.
  • Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

Ufone Mera Shahar Offer/Package

Make unlimited calls 24 hours to all ufone, PTCL & Vfone numbers along with free internet from the district of your choice Choose the offer that U want!

Ufone brings the most attractive offers wherever U go in Pakistan. So choose the offer that suits you best form the list below. 

Offer Name Opt in Code Daily Charges
AJK          *366# PKR 9.99
Bahawalpur *372# PKR 9.99
Dera Ghazi Khan/Rajanpur *91# PKR 9.99
Dera Ismail Khan *363# PKR 9.99
Faisalabad *94# PKR 9.99
Ghotki *390# PKR 9.99
Gujranwala *369# PKR 9.99
Gujrat *375# PKR 9.99
Jhang *392# PKR 9.99
Karachi *28# PKR 11.95
Karak *362# PKR 9.99
Kasur *97# PKR 9.99
Khairpur           *378# PKR 9.99
Khanewal *374# PKR 9.99
Khushab *396# PKR 9.99
Lahore *96# PKR 12.00
Lodhran *376# PKR 9.99
Mandi Bahauddin *395# PKR 9.99
Multan *364# PKR 9.99
Muzaffargarh *377# PKR 9.99
Okara *393# PKR 9.99
Peshawar/Charsada *360# PKR 9.99
Quetta *361# PKR 9.99
Rahim Yar Khan *90# PKR 9.99
Sahiwal *370# PKR 9.99
Sargodha           *95# PKR 9.99
Sawat *391# PKR 9.99
Sheikhupura/Nankana Sahib *371# PKR 9.99
Sialkot *368# PKR 9.99
Sukkur *379# PKR 9.99
Bahawalnagar *5559# PKR 9.99


Terms & Conditions
  • The subscription fee includes all applicable indirect taxes.
  • Additional charges of 15 paisas/call will be charged
  • Maximum 100 minutes & 5MB will be allocated upon one subscription
  • In Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA an additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages.
  • For Lahore Offer 200 minutes and 5 MB will be allocated upon one time subscription
  • For Karachi Offer 200 minutes will be allocated upon one time subscription.
  • Offer is valid from the time of subscription to 23:59 hrs same night
  • All above mentioned offers will be auto renewed at 00:00 PST
  • Maintain a minimum balance of Rs 9.99 for successful auto re-subscription of all Mera Shaher Offers.
  • Maintain a minimum balance of Rs. 12 for successful auto subscription to Lahore Offer.
  • Maintain a minimum balance of Rs. 11.95 for successful auto subscription to Karachi Offer.
  • Customers can subscribe to this offer multiple times in a day as well.
  • To check remaining minutes, dial *707# (charges Rs 0.20+tax)
  • Calls made to voice buckets and short codes are not included in this offer
  • Calls made to other networks will be charged as per package plan
  • These offers are for prepaid customers only
  • To unsubscribe all offers (except Karachi & Lahore) dial *20#
  • To unsubscribe Lahore Offer dial *960#
  • To unsubscribe Karachi offer dial *280#
  • Ufone reserves the right to make changes to the offer at anytime
  • Terms and conditions apply
  • 19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill/recharge apply.
  • In Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA 18.5% FED and other taxes on bill/recharge will apply.
  • Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

Ufone 24 Ghantay Offer/Package

Make unlimited calls to Ufone, PTCL & Vfone numbers 24 hours a day for as low as Rs. 11.99+tax

Benefits
Ufone, PTCL & Vfone Unlimited minutes at Rs. 11.99+tax
Validity 24 hours
Dial *2424#


Terms & Conditions
Additional 15 paise per call will be charged
Offer is valid from time of subscription to 12 AM the same day
Additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
Offer is only valid for calls to Ufone, PTCL and Vfone numbers
Offer will resubscribe automatically at 12 AM each day
For successful resubscription, balance of Rs. 14.33 must be available in your account. Failing which, the offer will be unsubscribed automatically
Opting for the UWon Package by dialing *2424# is free of all charges
The cost for subscribing to the UWon Package through an IVR or any other shortcode is Rs. 11.95, inclusive of taxes
This offer is not applicable on calls made to IVRs or shortcodes
24 Ghantay Offer can be deactivated for free by dialing *2457#
Fair Usage Policy of 500 minutes per subscription applies
19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill payments/recharge apply
18.5% FED and other taxes on bill payment/recharge will apply in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

Ufone 3 Pe 3 Offer/Package

Make 2-hour long calls for just Rs. 5 including taxes to all Ufone, PTCL & Vfone numbers


Ufone, PTCL & Vfone Unlimited minutes at Rs. 5 including taxes
Validity 2 hours
Dial *343# or activate through My Ufone app under Bundles -> Offers option.



Terms & Conditions

This Offer is valid for all Prepaid packages
Not available between 5 pm – 9 pm
Additional 15 paise per call will be charged
Call duration is maximum 59 minutes and 59 seconds
This offer is valid for 2 hours after subscription
Additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
Offer can be subscribed more than once
Calls made to voice buckets, short codes and UAN numbers are not included in this offer
Fair Usage Policy of 200 minutes per subscription applies
19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill payments/recharge apply
18.5% FED and other taxes on bill/recharge will apply in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

PTA Wants Mobile Operators to Notify Users Before their Package Expires

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) is all set to bind Cellular Mobile Operators (CMOs) to implement a standard system whereby mobile users shall be notified for reaching package/offer credit limit and application of default rate to save cellular mobile users from bill shock.

PTA believes that international roaming of data service should be stopped by the CMOs, and the CMOs shall inform all subscribers that they are encouraged using a local connection of their destination while traveling which is much cheaper than the international roaming rates.

Cellular mobile subscribers do not receive prior notification on reaching balance/usage/time limit of subscribed packages/offers for both voice and data and are automatically switched to default rates for the services subscribed, therefore receive bill shocks.

According to PTA bill shock has become a common problem in local cellular mobile segment, whereby terms like billing discrepancies, wrong billing and overcharging are interchangeably used by subscribers when they suddenly receive a very high bill. A subscriber, who has no track of his package / offer / time limit while using services, ends up with huge bills as default/basic rate is automatically applied after the package/offer/time limit is ended. The users find it very stressful and difficult to pay such high bills, often leading to complaints to CMOs, PTA and other government offices.

In case of international roaming, the subscriber has to pay different charges for making (local and international outgoing) and receiving (local and international incoming) calls. CMOs are charging their subscribers Rs 110 to Rs. 130 per minute for local outgoing calls in United Arab Emirates while on roaming in United Arab Emirates (UAE) whereas Etisalat (local operators of UAE) is charging Rs 17.21 per minute for local outgoing calls. For receiving incoming calls while roaming in UAE, CMOs are charging Rs 83 to Rs 92 per minute whereas incoming calls are totally free for using local SIM in UAE. Outgoing SMS while on roaming costs around Rs 63 to Rs 75 per SMS whereas Etisalat is charging Rs 5 and Rs 17 respectively for local and international outgoing SMS. Similarly, roaming rates for data services offered by respective CMOs are exorbitantly high and the roamers are generally not aware of these excessive charges.

According to documents a large number of complaints on the issue of higher bill are being received at PTA in which subscribers are aggrieved of excessive /wrong billing and abrupt deduction of balance. These complaints are forwarded to CMOs for redressal. However, CMOs claim that billed amount is correct since the package/offer was exhausted and the subscriber went automatically on default/base tariff which is manifolds higher as compared to the subscribed package/offer.

Furthermore, majority of subscribers are also not aware of the default/basic rates which are levied by the CMOs for data services. In case of international roaming, a subscriber has been billed Rs 1 million on account of data usage for a short time. Generally, CMOs compensate the aggrieved subscribers in case of excessive use of data because of the inability of subscribers to pay such high bills. However, this practice is difficult to continue and not sustainable for CMOs in the longer period and adds to unsatisfied subscribers.

The issue of higher billing has also been raised at the government level whereby Senate and National Assembly have also directed PTA to protect consumers from wrong/ excessive billing and ensure international standards of service delivery. PTA is of the view that standardized information/alert/notification system should be followed by all CMOs so that issue of unexpected bills can be curtailed/ controlled. Currently, some CMOs are sending text/dialogue box/ SMS to the subscribers when they are reaching / exhausting their limit of the package/offer and subsequently charging of default rate thereon which ranges between Rs 1/MB to Rs 12/MB (excluding tax) . However, this is not the solution to the problem of huge bills being faced by the subscribers. A better and more logical solution is that the service shall stop automatically when the credit is used up.

A number of operators across the globe are providing facility of notifying /alerting their consumers of their remaining credit balance (in dollars or their respective currencies) after every call, SMS and data usage like in Australia , Nigeria , United Kingdom and United States of America .

It has been observed that CMOs in Pakistan are not informing their users (prepaid, postpaid) about remaining credit balance in rupees, minutes (talk time), SMS and data (MBs, GBs) either in the form of text message, dialogue box or end of day usage SMS as per international best practices and saving cellular mobile users from experiencing any bill shocks.

PTA firmly believes that international roaming of data service should be stopped by the CMOs, and the CMOs shall inform all subscribers that they are encouraged using a local connection of their destination while traveling which is much cheaper than the international roaming rates. In his regard, PTA intends to standardize the practice of informing its users about reaching balance /usage/ time limit for subscribed service.

PTA has prepared “consultation paper on consultation on avoiding bill shock to cellular mobile users through notification for reaching package/offer credit limit and application of default rate. The purpose of the consultation is to save cellular mobile users from bill shock that they experience when a subscribed package is exhausted and the current system allows them to continue to use the data service both locally (which should not be the case) and voice and data services while on international roaming.

PTA desires that all CMOs shall implement a standard system whereby they shall inform the remaining credit in Rupees or the remaining balance of voice minutes, SMS and MBs after every call, SMS and data usage.

The Race for 4G Supremacy: Zong 4G at the Forefront of Customer Choice

According to the latest PTA numbers, Zong 4G, Pakistan’s No.1 4G network remains at the forefront of Pakistan’s 4G revolution.

Powered by the largest and fastest growing 4G network in the country, Zong 4G continues to balance affordability with seamless connectivity, as it continues to expand its 4G data coverage to all corners of Pakistan.

Despite stiff competition, Zong 4G’s focus on providing unmatched data speeds has led the company to secure over 75% of the 4G market.

This represents a five-fold increase in its 4G subscriber base over the previous year, as the company remains committed to re-shaping market trends, and securing its advantage as the longest running 4G network in the country.

Building on this increase, Zong 4G is also significantly ramping up its customer care operations keeping in sight its goal of delivering unrivaled customer care at both pre-sale and after-sale levels.

With plans to scale up its network to 10,500 4G sites by the end of the year, Zong 4G is well poised to unleash its vision of a ‘New Dream’ for a Digital Pakistan.

Motorcycle Sales Break Records As Automotive Industry Enters New Fiscal Year

Pakistan’s Automobile Industry is growing at a rapid pace and in the process, setting new records. Most motorcycles and other vehicles saw an increase in sales and production while bus sales declined. Read on for more details.

Motorcycle and Three Wheeler Sales
Two bike assemblers in Karachi, Atlas Honda Limited (AHL) and United Auto Motorcycle (UAM) broke previous production and sales records.

United Auto Motorcycle’s (UAM) production and sales hit 35,555 and 36,084 units respectively in Aug 2017, compared to its earlier record of 32,773 units each in Nov 2016.

UAM’s overall sales in July-Aug 2017 reached 67,023 units as compared to 49,464 units same period 2016-17.

Atlas Honda Limited (AHL) sold a total of 187,249 bikes in July-Aug 2017-18 against 136,890 units produced and 136,476 units sold in 2016-17.

Production and sales for Honda in Aug 2017 stood at 95,200 and 91,599 units while in May 2017 the figures were 90,800 and 93,060 units.

Suzuki and Yamaha’s sales increased to 3,278 and 3,397 units from 2,825 and 2,044 units during August.

According to the figures of Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers Association (PAMA), UAM and AHL weren’t the only ones that broke sales/production records.

Road Prince Bike Assembler also joined in achieving the highest production and sales of 23,650 units in Aug 2017 against its last high of 19,508 units in Oct 2016.

Two and three-wheeler sales grew strongly due to rising disposable income of lower middle class.

Sazgar, Road Prince and United Auto three wheeler sales were 3,429, 2,792 and 1,542 units as compared to 3,091, 269 and 551 units during the same period last year.

Car and Van Sales
A total of 35,002 locally assembled cars of PAMA members were sold in the first two months of current fiscal year as compared to 27,317 units sold during the same period last year. That is an increase of 7000+ units.

Sales of Honda Civic/City, Suzuki Swift and Toyota climbed to 7,766, 722 and 8,657 units as compared to 5,295, 689 and 8,250 units respectively in July-August 2016-17.

Suzuki Cultus and Suzuki WagonR sales saw a massive increase, getting to 3,670 and 4,137 units from 2,190 and 2,352 units. A big reason for the increasing sales of WagonR is that vendors are choosing to run these cars as cabs for Careem and Uber for extra income.

Suzuki Mehran and Suzuki Bolan sales surged to 6,826 and 3,224 units from 5,676 and 2,865 units.

Trucks and Light Commercial Vehicles
Truck sales of PAMA members (Hino, Nissan, Master and Isuzu) rose to 1,478 units from 1,188 units while bus sales plunged to 175 from 227 units. One cause of the plummet in the bus sales could be the increase in awareness about the cab hailing services, Careem and Uber.

In Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), vans and jeeps, sales of Toyota Fortuner stood at 535 units compared with 111 units sold last year. The newly launched Honda BR-V witnessed sales of 1,411 units.

Suzuki Ravi sales went up to 3,757 from 2,890 units while Toyota Hilux sales fell to 967 from 1,267 units.

Sales of Fiat and Massey Ferguson tractors more than doubled to 3,407 and 6,326 units in July-Aug 2017-18 from 1,386 and 3,055 units in same period last fiscal.

Source: DAWN

Google is Bringing Video Guides to Maps

If you use any of Google’s apps you will know that they constantly get updates. This time around Google is updating Maps with the ability to add videos to places around you.

While ratings and photos are usually a good enough indication of what to expect, videos will be much more immersive in not only providing non-visitors a tour of places they’ve yet to visit, but also for businesses to showcase what they have to offer.

How it Works
The process is simple enough, being integrated in the already-available “Add a photo” option which comes up after you’ve selected a place in Maps.

Rather than simply taking a photo, users can hold the shutter key for up to 10 seconds to upload a video instead.

Upon holding, they’ll see a prompt saying “New! Hold for video.”. Alternatively, users will also be able to tag along a 30-second video they’ve recorded previously of the place.

Limited to Local Guides
The process is available to people in its Local Guides program. It was made available a couple of weeks back, though, a notification is being sent via email only now. As a reward, Local Guides get seven points for each video that they upload as an incentive.

However, as TechCrunch reports, Mountain View also plans to partner with businesses and encourage them to upload videos themselves showcasing their services the way they want. After all, Local Guides can only cover so much and can only give an outside-in view of places they visit.

Available on Google Maps now
The feature is already rolling out to Google Maps users throughout the globe. It is currently available only on Maps for Android as of now, though, it should come to other platforms sooner rather than later.

Note: You can use the feature only if you’re signed up as a Local Guide.

Meet The Two Most Pointless Phones of 2017

The year is 2017. Phone companies are no longer crazy about fitting the biggest screen in a smartphone. The new craze is to fit the biggest screen in the smallest body. Thanks to that, we now have truly beautiful phones whose screens cover every inch of the smartphone’s front — even curving on the edges on some.

Yet, in this day and age, there are two phones that have lost their relevance. In fact, they have lost the purpose of their existence, forcing us to ask the question that, why were they even released?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
After the infamous Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung has always been in a tough situation concerning its phablet series. Many wondered if the company would even bother continuing the series and maybe, they were right.

The Galaxy Note series may have made sense when it existed for people who loved huge screens but not any more. Samsung’s own flagship, the Galaxy S8, has a display that is about half-an-inch bigger than what the original Note had.

Even then, it would have been reasonable as a bigger option if it weren’t for one more fact — one introduced by Samsung itself, the Samsung Galaxy S8+.

Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ (from left to right)

The “Plus” version of Samsung’s flagship, the S8+’s sole purpose is to exist as an oversized option for people who love big phones. Isn’t that what the Note was all about? A kind of an oversized flagship?

The two phones are like two peas in a pod. Even the Note 8’s display is almost the same as the S8+ (just 0.1 inches bigger). They are so similar in almost every aspect that, if you didn’t really know about the external differences (the stylus and the camera), you would be hard put to distinguish one from the other.

There are only three major differences:

Camera: Note 8’s primary camera is the same as the Galaxy S8+ but it also comes with a secondary 12 MP camera that has a telephoto lens, adding some extra features like lossless zoom and software-based depth of field. In normal day-to-day usage, you aren’t likely to notice any difference.
Stylus: The stylus is an integral part of the Note 8 and probably the only reason a person should buy the phone. However, is it really worth the extra money? Not many people I know have bought a Note for its stylus.
The stylus sounds like more of a luxury than a necessity.
RAM: The Note 8 has 6 GB of RAM, as compared to the S8+’s 4 GB. For a phone, 4 GB is already considered an overkill, meaning you aren’t likely to notice any speed bumps in normal usage.
Now comes the worst part about the Note 8 — the price tag. The phablet retails for $930, around $80 more than the Galaxy S8+. If you’re in Pakistan, that price gap is likely going to be even bigger, especially considering that the Note 8 was just released.

Why not just do away with the Note 8 and release the S8+ with a stylus?

iPhone 8

Just like Samsung, Apple is itself responsible for making the iPhone 8 (and the 8 Plus) redundant. The iPhone 8 was overshadowed by the stunning and nearly bezel-less iPhone X before the launch event was over. In fact, it was never really the phone that the world was waiting for, and Apple knew that.




The iPhone is more of a brand statement than a smartphone choice these days. People buy the latest iPhone to own the latest and the greatest iPhone, not just to buy a good phone.

But with the iPhone 8, there is really no point buying because as soon as it was released, there was already a much better choice — the iPhone X. Nobody is going to fawn over the 8, with its giant last-gen bezels and a design that is already a bit on the dated side.

Here are some reasons why the iPhone 8 is the most pointless phone Apple has ever released,

There is a better option — the iPhone X (If you only want the best iPhone and are willing to spend 2x the money you would on an arguably better bezel-less phone – Xiaomi Mi Mix 2)
It looks and feels exactly the same as the iPhone 7 (including the giant bezels).
If you are going to buy the cheaper iPhone, you may as well buy the iPhone 7 which now costs $549 ($150 cheaper than the cheapest iPhone 8 and would feel almost the same.
Final Remarks
Apart from the number at the end of their names, the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 have nothing in common — except that both don’t really have a good reason for existing. Whatever my opinion may be about the two phones, one thing is for sure! Samsung and Apple are still going to sell millions and millions of Note 8’s and iPhone 8’s.

The Note 8 has already broken the record for being the most pre-ordered Note phone ever, proving that as long as you are a global smartphone giant, people don’t really care if your last smartphone was prone to exploding whenever it felt like it.

Moreover, it also goes on to show that companies like Apple and Samsung, who now operate a smartphone duopoly, have a way of convincing people to shell out money that no other company has mastered. Who would have thought that people would be actually willing to buy a $1,000 phone in 2017?


Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Ufone Super Sasta Package

Low rate of 85 Paisa + tax per 30 seconds 24 hours a day, without any daily charges

Benefits
  • Ufone and PTCL                Rs. 0.85+tax/30 seconds
  • Other local networks              Rs. 0.85+tax/30 seconds
  • SMS local                         Rs. 2.03 (incl. Tax)
  • SMS International                 Rs. 5+tax
  • Internet (2G & 3G)                 Rs. 2+Tax /MB
  • Dial *5678#              or           Purchase a new Ufone SIM

Terms & Conditions
  1. Additional charges of 15 paise per call will be charged
  2. Offer is valid for prepaid customers only
  3. Standard charges of Rs.10+tax apply on package conversion
  4. Additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
  5. No voice offers are available on this package
  6. International Direct Dialing, Data and SMS Buckets & offers are available on this package
  7. Uth Pack or Uth packages offers are not available on this package
  8. Default internet rate on Super Sasta Package (only for Super Sasta Package with Rs. 50 free air-time) is just Rs. 2+Tax per MB at a charging pulse of 512 KB
  9. On usage of 25 MB 150 MB free till midnight
  10. To check remaining resources dial *707#
  11. 19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill payments/recharge apply
  12. 18.5% FED and other taxes on bill payments/recharge will apply in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
  13. Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

Ufone Call Packages UWon

Any Network, Any Time – One Rate. An extremely simple per minute call rate

Call any network within Pakistan for just Rs. 2+taxes with no daily charges.

Benefits
  • Ufone and PTCL                         Rs. 2+tax/Minute
  • Other local networks                 Rs. 2+tax/Minute
  • SMS local                                 Rs. 2.03 (incl. Tax)
  • SMS International                         Rs. 5+tax
  • Internet (2G & 3G)                         Rs. 20/MB, Next 19 MBs Free
  • Dial *444*1#                or               SMS 1 to 444

Terms & Conditions

  1. Additional 15 paise per call will be charged
  2. All charges are exclusive of taxes
  3. UCircle is not available with this offer.
  4. Additional 0.84% will be charged on all services and packages in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and FATA
  5. 19.5% FED on usage and other taxes on bill payments/recharge apply
  6. 18.5% FED and other taxes on bill payments/recharge will apply in Islamabad, AJK, Gilgit/Baltistan and FATA
  7. Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA

Ufone Monthly Pakistan Offer Ufone 30 days Package

A whole month of voice calls and free internet for as low as Rs. 418 including taxes.

  • Price : Rs. 418 including taxes Validity: 30 Days
  • Internet (2G & 3G): 400 MB Ufone, PTCL and Vfone: 4000 minutes
  • SMS: N/A                         Dial *8888#

Benefits

A whole month of voice calls and free internet for as low as Rs. 418 including taxes. 

Prices & Tariff 
  • Charges Rs. 418 including taxes
  • Validity 30 Days
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone 4000 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 400 MB
  • To subscribe dial *8888#
  • To unsubscribe dial *8880#
 Additional Info
Dial *707# to check remaining minutes and data volume, charged at 20 paise+tax
Offer can be subscribed to multiple times, upon which resubscription minutes will be added

Ufone Weekly Pakistan Offer for 7 days

For just Rs. 100 including taxes, make calls all week and surf the internet for free.

Price : Rs. 100 including taxes Validity: 7 Days
Internet (2G & 3G): 100 MB          Ufone, PTCL and Vfone: 700 minutes
SMS: N/A                                  Dial *8888#
Benefits
For just Rs. 100 including taxes, make calls all week and surf the internet for free.

Prices & Tariff 

  • Charges Rs. 100 including taxes
  • Validity 7 Days
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone 700 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 100 MB
  • To subscribe dial *8888#
  • To unsubscribe dial *8880#

Ufone Daily Pakistan Offer/Package 1 Day

Surf the internet for free and talk as much as U want every day, for price as low as Rs. 18 including taxes.

  • Price : Rs. 18 including taxes Validity: 1 Day
  • Internet (2G & 3G): 10 MB Ufone, PTCL and Vfone: 100 minutes
  • SMS: N/A                              Dial *888#



Benefits
Surf the internet for free and talk as much as U want every day, for price as low as Rs. 18 including taxes. 

Prices & Tariff 
  • Charges Rs. 18 including taxes
  • Validity 1 Day
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone 100 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 10 MB
  • To subscribe dial *888#
  • To unsubscribe dial *8880#
Additional Info

Dial *707# to check remaining minutes and internet data volume, charged at 20 paise+tax

Offer can be subscribed to multiple times, upon which resubscription minutes will be added

Ufone Asli Chappar Phaar Offer for one week/7 days


100 Ufone-to-Ufone, 100 SMS and 1000 MB internet for just Rs. 80 for a whole week.

An offer that gives U voice, SMS and internet for a whole week for just Rs. 80 including taxes.
  • Price : Rs. 80 including taxes Validity: 7 Days
  • Internet (2G & 3G): 1000 MB Ufone to Ufone: 100 minutes
  • SMS: 100                         Dial *5050#

Pricing & Tariff
  • Charges Rs. 80 including taxes
  • Validity 7 Days
  • Ufone to Ufone 100 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 1000 MB
  • SMS 100
  • To subscribe dial *5050#

Ufone Power Hour Package/Offer Rs. 6

Make innumerable calls to all Ufone, PTCL and Vfone, at your heart’s content


  • Price : Rs. 6 + tax                 Validity: 1 Hour
  • Internet (2G & 3G): 60 MB Ufone, PTCL and Vfone: 60 minutes
  • SMS: 60                                  Dial *99#

Benefits
Make innumerable calls to all Ufone, PTCL and Vfone, at your heart’s content 

Pricing & Tariff
  • Charges Rs. 6 + tax                              Validity 1 Hour
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone                 60 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 60 MB                     SMS 60

  • To subscribe dial *99#






Ufone New Sim Package/Offers (SIM Khareedein)

A special treat is waiting for you if you buy a new Ufone SIM, port-in to Ufone.

On every recharge of Rs. 50 or more Validity: 3 Days
Internet (2G & 3G): 555 MB                  U-U minutes : 555
SMS: 555                                          Dial *555#

Benefits

On every recharge of Rs. 50 or more you will get additional 555 U-U minutes, 555 SMS and 555 MBs internet absolutely free. 

Pricing & Tariff
  • On every recharge of Rs. 50 or more 
  • Validity 3 Days
  • U-U Minutes 555
  • Internet (2G & 3G) 555 MB
  • SMS 555
  • To subscribe dial *555#
FAQs
  1. Who is qualified for this offer?

  2. Two criteria are necessary to avail the offer

  3. Customers buying a new Ufone SIM or porting in to Ufone after 18th, June 2017.
  4. Dials *555# and receives a confirmation notification,
  5. Recharges minimum Rs. 50 (excluding Super Card recharges)

  6. I have bought a new SIM or reactivated my dormant SIM, what are the steps to avail the offer?

  7. After buying a new SIM you should do the following

  8. Dial *555# within 30 days of purchasing your new SIM.
  9. Make sure you have received the confirmation notification, “555 recharge offer ki darkhaast mosul ho gayi hai” (your request for 555 recharge offer has been received)
  10. Recharge minimum Rs. 50 to get bonus 555 U mins, 555 SMS and 555 MBs internet

  11. I have bought a new SIM, when can I dial *555# to avail this offer?

  12. After buying the new SIM, you can dial *555# within first 30 days of SIM purchase
  13. I bought a new SIM and recharged Rs. 50 before dialing *555#. Will I get the free resources?

  14. *555# is mandatory to get free resources. However, if you have dial *555# after recharging Rs. 50 or more; you will get 555 U mins, 555 SMS and 555 MB internet instantly
  15. What happens If I dial *555# after doing multiple recharges of Rs. 50 or more within 30 days of SIM purchase?

  16. You will get cumulative bonuses of all recharge transactions of minimum Rs. 50. E.g If you have done 3 recharges of Rs. 50 or more, you will get 1665 U mins, 1665 SMS and 1665 MB internet for 3 days. However, you can get a maximum bonus of upto 2775 U mins, 2775 SMS and 2775 MB internet
  17. I intend to use my dormant SIM, when should I dial *555# to avail this offer?

  18. You should dial *555# before be doing any other activity to avail the offer
  19. I am dialing *555# but am receiving a message “Moaziz Sarif, aap ye offer nahi le saktay”

  20. This means you are not eligible for the offer. Offer is only available to,

  21. Customers buying a new SIM after 18th June, 2017
  22. Customers porting in to Ufone after 1-Mar-17

  23. I have dialed *555# successfully; I have recharged Rs. 30 and Rs. 20 seperately on the same day. Will I get the bonus minutes?

  24. No, the offer is available only if you recharge Rs. 50 or more in one transaction. Multiple transactions adding up to Rs. 50 or more will not qualify for the bonus
  25. I have dialed *555# successfully; will I get the bonus minutes on recharging Rs.499, Rs.599 or Rs.299 Super Card? 

  26. No, the offer is available on regular recharge of minimum Rs. 50. Bonus is not available on Super Card, Super Card mini, Super Card Plus and Super Minutes
  27. I have accidentally recharged Rs. 50 or more and received the bonus minutes and MBs, can I reverse the transaction?

  28. If you have not consumed more than 10% of any of the bonus resources; the recharge can be reversed. However, the bonus minutes, MBs and SMS will also be reversed
  29. I recharged Rs. 50 or more and after receiving bonus minutes and MBs, I have consumed some of the resources. Can I reverse the recharge transaction now?

  30. If you have not consumed more than 10% of any of the bonus resources; the recharge can be reversed. However, the bonus minutes, MBs and SMS will also be reversed
  31. I recharged Rs. 50 or more and after receiving bonus minutes and MBs, I have consumed more than 55 U mins, but not used SMS and MBs; can I reverse the recharge transaction?

  32. If you have consumed more than 10% of any of the bonus resources; the recharge cannot be reversed
  33. How many times can I take this offer?

  34. After buying a new Ufone SIM or converting to Ufone network; you will get the offer on every recharge of Rs. 50 or more for first 30 days of SIM purchase or conversion

  35. If you have started using your unused SIM, you will get the offer on every recharge of Rs. 50 or more for 30 days after dialing *555#

  36. Bonus will be posted up to a maximum of 20 times in a day
  37. What happens to my existing resources if I recharge Rs. 50 or more multiple times in 3 days?

  38. Your existing bonus minutes, SMS and MBs will expire as per their original validity. The new bous will expire after 3 days.
  39. Can I share the balance I receive along with the bonus minutes and MBs?

  40. No, UShare will be restricted till the promo ends. If you have received the bonus minutes and MBs; you cannot share the balance
  41. Can I share the previously owned balance after receiving the bonus minutes and MBs?

  42. No, UShare will be restricted till the promo ends. If you have received the bonus minutes and MBs; you cannot share the balance
  43. I already have other free minutes and MBs. Which resources will be consumed first?

  44. 555 bonus minutes and MBs will have priority over bundles/promos with validity of more than 3 days. For products which are less than 2 days’ validity, they will have priority over this reward. In case a product is of 3 days validity, then the product with lesser expiry time will have higher priority.
  45. How can I check my remaining minutes, SMS and MBs?

  46. You can dial *706# to check remaining resources

Ufone New SIM/MNP Super Card Promo (Offer/Package)

New SIM/MNP Super Card Promo

Buy a new Ufone SIM or switch to Ufone network, and on recharge of Super card (Rs. 520) or Super
Card Plus (Rs. 599) get a balance of Rs. 200 absolutely free.

On recharge of Super Card/Super Card Plus: Rs. 200 More

Validity: 30 Days

To check remaining free Balance, Dial: *707#


Get Rs. 200 on recharge of Super Card/Super Card Plus.

Benefits
Buy a new Ufone SIM or switch to Ufone network, and on recharge of Super card (Rs.520) or Super Card Plus (Rs. 599) get a balance of Rs. 200 absolutely free.

Pricing & Tariff
On recharge of Super Card/Super Card Plus: Rs. 200 (Free Balance)
Validity 60 Days
To check remaining free Balance, Dial *707#

Terms & Conditions

  • This offer is available on all Ufone Prepaid SIMs activated on and after 01st April, 2017
  • Within the first 7 days of successful Biometric Verification System (BVS) by FCA and Mobile Number Portability (MNP) customers, if the customer loads Super Card or Super Card plus, via retailer (EVC) or physical card, the customer will be rewarded Rs. 200 free balance, for the next 30 days.
  • Multiple Super Card or Super Card Plus recharges within the first 7 days will result in multiple rewards.
  • After expiry/consumption of resources customer will be charged as per his/her tariff plan
  • Free Balance can be used for all network calls
  • Free Balance can be used for all network SMS
  • Free Balance can be used on both 2G/3G network subject to handset capability and availability of network coverage
  • Free Balance can be used to subscribe to other products and buckets
  • Free Balance cannot be used for U Share, U Loan repayment and IDD calls
  • Free Balance will be accumulated in case of multiple rewards
  • Free Balance will have lower priority than the Super Card resources or other resources available to the customer on different products.
  • Free Balance will have higher priority than the main account cash balance

Ufone Super Minutes (Rs 100 for 7 days)

Ufone Super Minutes Package

All networks (Ufone,PTCL and other local networks) 75 minutes
Dial *210# to subscribe or visit your nearest retailer or subscribe through ‘My Ufone’ App

Ufone Super Recharge Offer (Rs. 40 Convenience for 2 days)


Price: Rs. 40 for 2 days
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone                  300 minutes
  • Other local networks                        10 minutes
  • Mobile Internet (2G & 3G)              30 MB
  • SMS                                                  300

Ufone Mini Super Card (Rs. 299 for 15 days)

Price : Ufone Mini Super Card (Rs. 299 for 15 days)

  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone       500 minutes
  • Other local networks       75 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G)                500 MB
  • SMS                   500



Ufone Super Card (Rs. 520 for 30 days)

Price Rs. 520 Convenience for 30 Days

  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone 1,000 minutes
  • Other local networks 150 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G)          1,000 MB
  • SMS            1,000

Ufone Super Card Plus/Super Load Plus


Price : Rs. 599 Convenience for 30 Days
  • Ufone, PTCL and Vfone                     1,200 minutes
  • Other local networks                            180 minutes
  • Internet (2G & 3G)                              1,200 MB
  • SMS                                                      1,200

Ufone Super Internet Package

Rs. 100 Mobile Internet for 7 days

Mobile Internet (2G & 3G)

Dial *220# to subscribe or visit your nearest retailer or subscribe through ‘My Ufone’ App

Additional Info
  • Super Card Plus, Super Card, Mini Super Card, Super Minutes and Super Internet can also be availed through ULoad
  • Super Card Plus, Super Card and Mini Super Card can also be purchased via Credit / Debit Card through My Ufone app under Bill payment option.
  • Visit your nearest retailer to avail the Super Family Offers
  • To Find out Remaining Minutes , SMS and Internet MBs , dial *706# Or download My Ufone App to check remaining resources along with validity details.
  • Purchase of Super Card Plus , Super Card & Mini Super Card is available currently with Full Access Only, User name Registration is required for Full access.
  • Details of My Ufone App download are available on http://ufone.com/support/my-ufone-app/
Terms & Conditions
  • Offers are valid for prepaid customers only
  • The price of cards / offers are inclusive of all taxes and additional charges
  • Validity of Super Card and Super Card Plus is 30 days
  • Validity of Mini Super Card is 15 days
  • Validity of Super Minutes and Super Internet is 7 days
  • Validity of Super Recharge is 48 hours
  • Calls made to voice buckets, short codes, UAN and NTC numbers are not included in this offer
  • Your SIM is your identity, only use SIMs issued through Biometric Verification – PTA
Ufone, Ufone Package, Ufone Internet Package, Ufone weekly internet Package, Ufone 7 days internet package.

Ufone Successfully Completes Its Summer Internship Program for Students

Ufone celebrated the successful conclusion of its flagship Summer Internship Program (SIP) in Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi. Following campus recruitment drives across partner universities where more than 1,300 students were evaluated, 41 students were shortlisted after a competitive round of tests and interviews ensuring the highest level of merit and transparency.


These students represented top universities across Pakistan including:
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences
  • Lahore School of Economics
  • Karachi School of Business & Leadership
  • SZABIST, Karachi
  • FAST, Karachi
  • NUST Business School, Islamabad
  • College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, Islamabad
  • FAST, Islamabad
  • Bahria University, Islamabad
  • Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology
  • NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Islamabad
  • NUST School of Sciences and Humanities, Islamabad
  • Commencing in July 2017, Ufone’s SIP put students through a rigorous regimen including engagement in real life projects while nurturing their skills through purpose built workshops as well as senior leadership interactions.

As part of a recurring, prominent feature of the program, interns spent 24 hours undertaking community work. In Islamabad our interns participated in a campaign ‘Recognize the Guardians’ – through which they handed umbrellas and water bottles to more than 80 traffic police and other law enforcement staff at various check posts and traffic signals, in appreciation of their services.

Millat Tractors Earnings More Than Double Year on Year

Millat Tractors Limited boosted its net earnings by more than 143.26% on the back of higher sales in the year ended June 30, 2017, according to a notice sent to the Karachi Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

A subsidiary of Millat Group of Companies, it posted an after-tax profit of Rs 4.25 billion, up by 143.26% compared to Rs 1.75 billion in the same period last year. The company has announced an impressive profit during the fiscal year. The company’s Net Sales for the period increased by 77.45 percent in the outgoing year, whereas the Profit after Taxes for the period increased by 143.26 percent.

Earning per share (Basic and Diluted) increased up to 143.22 % to Rs 96.12 as compared to Rs 39.52 last year.

The company also announced a final cash dividend of Rs 60 per share. This is an addition to the interim dividend already paid at Rs 35.

At the time of filing this report, the stock in the Pakistan stock exchange touched a high of 1284 and touched a low of 1221. It is now currently trading at Rs 1270 or +Rs11 or +0.47% with a turnover of 54820 shares.

Company profile: Millat Tractors Limited is the country’s leading engineering concern in the automobile sector, and has assembly plants for agricultural tractors, engines and other industrial and agricultural products.

MTL is also a licensing partner of the AGCO Corporation, whose shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. AGCO designs, manufactures and distributes agricultural machinery and products through five core brands: Challenger, Fendt, GSI, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.

Pakistan Oilfields Limited Announces Rs 11.9 Billion in Profits This Year

Pakistan Oilfields Limited (POL) has announced that its consolidated net profit surged 17.62 % to Rs 11.90 billion in this fiscal year. The company had booked Rs 10.12 billion profit in the same period last year.

Consolidated revenue of POL grew by 10% YOY thanks to the higher Arab crude oil prices which increased by 15% YOY and improved hydrocarbon production, after continuously declining for the two years before that. Similarly, POL’s bottom-line has been up by 34 percent, year-on-year in FY 17, that too after falling for the last two years.

Oil sales increased to average 7.1k bpd which was because of addition from Mardan Khel which added around 953 bpd of oil.

Earnings per share (EPS) came in at Rs 50.23 as compared to Rs 42.65 in the corresponding period of previous year, said a company notification sent to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Monday. The board of directors recommended an interim cash dividend of Rs 25 per share.

Topline Securities said in their report that the earnings came in above market expectations.

The stock price of POL – a state-owned oil and gas exploration company, closed at Rs 464.49 on Monday.

Exploration cost of the company dropped over 28% to Rs 1.4 billion in the fiscal year as opposed to Rs 2 billion in the corresponding period of last year.

Net sales advanced around 10% to Rs 27.89 billion in this fiscal year against Rs 25.55 billion in the same period last year.

The share in profits of associated companies stood at Rs 2.3 billion, which was Rs 2.19 billion in the corresponding period of previous year.

Pakistani​ ​Startup​ ​Secures $100,000​ ​​Grant from​ ​Queensland​ ​Australia

Micropower​ ​Labs,​ ​a​ ​startup​ ​incubated​ ​at​ ​The​ ​Nest​ ​I/O​ ​in the​ ​third​ ​cycle,​ ​has​ ​been​ ​awarded​ ​AUD​ ​$100,000​ ​equity free​ ​grant​ ​from​ ​Government​ ​of​ ​Queensland​ ​Australia.

The grant is awarded through an Entrepreneurship program of Advanced Queensland called ​Hot DesQ​, along with a free working space for 6 months, connections to the Queensland’s vibrant Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and support in developing connections​ ​with​ ​investors.

This marks the 3​rd International Investment for ​Micropower Labs as they have already secured an equity free grant from a similar program, Start-up Chile, and raised another round​ ​of​ ​funds​ ​in​ ​Singapore.

Micropower Labs in the only Pakistani startups to have been accepted in round 2 of Hot DesQ which consists of a total of ​28 international startups competing to join the program.

Micropower​ ​Labs​ ​has​ ​following​ ​plans​ ​during​ ​their​ ​stay​ ​in​ ​Australia:

Launching of Next version of Flash Pack (World’s Fastest Charging power bank). The new version of flash pack not only charges faster but also supports charging multiple​ ​accessories,​ ​including​ ​laptops.
Deploy​ ​power​ ​bank​ ​rental​ ​Kiosk’s​ ​across​ ​Queensland
With advantage of fast charging, Micropower Labs aims to provide battery as service in a way that doesn’t require the user to bring a battery bank home.

With rental kiosk station deployed all around the major cities, users would be able to rent a power bank by simply using a smartphone app. Rented power bank can be returned at any kiosk station​ ​set-up​ ​by​ ​Micropower​ ​labs.

In addition to above initiatives, Micropower Labs will conduct seminars, workshops and hire​ ​local​ ​talent​ ​to​ ​give​ ​back​ ​to​ ​the​ ​local​ ​community​ ​of​ ​Queensland.

Micropower Lab’s founder and CEO Abdullah Soomro from Pakistan, Kunloong Lee and Keith​ ​Loo​ ​from​ ​Singapore​ ​will​ ​be​ ​moving​ ​to​ ​Queensland​ ​to​ ​participate​ ​in​ ​the​ ​program.

A project of P@SHA, ​The Nest I/O was set up in partnership with global partners Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung, and with a supporting grant from the US State Department.

Samsung Launches Its Newest Tab A 8.0 2017

It has been a while since Samsung launched a new tablet, which is at odds with its highly prolific smartphone market.

Its latest tablet, the Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (2017) is a mid-range device which offers GSM connectivity with workable specs all round.

Design
The design is nothing worth writing home about, featuring a metal build which is fairly standard in this day and age.

As for the display, it sports an 8.0-inch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio, unlike some of the recent Android tablets (and all the iPads) which come with the more content-centric 4:3 ratio.

The resolution here is 1280 x 800 which seems dated and out of sync with times, considering that even mid-range smartphones come with a Full HD 1080p display. This is the same resolution as in the first Nexus tablet that came out a few years back.

Hardware, Storage and Camera
Under the hood, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, with its 4 cores clocked at 1.4 GHz. Alongside it, you get 2 GB RAM as well as 16 GB of storage, which can be expanded by up to 256 GB via microSD slot expansion.

At the back sits a solitary 8 MP camera with LED Flash, coupled with a 5 MP shooter on the front. Tablets don’t usually focus on camera quality and just add them to make them feel more complete, as is the case in the Galaxy Tab A.

Battery and Pricing
The tablet supports a single-SIM card slot, which supports LTE connectivity. The battery is fairly modest at 5,000 mAh but it should be good enough for a day of average use.

As for the price, it is set at around $285 in the launch market of Vietnam. The tablet will most likely cost around the same range when it launches in Pakistan.

Bond Advertising Wins Engro Corp Account

Engro Corp has appointed Bond Advertising as its advertising agency following a review.

“After an extensive exercise, Engro Corp is happy to have a leading creative house Bond Advertising on board as its agency. We are confident that this partnership with Bond will help Engro position itself as a leading corporate brand that is purpose driven and focused on investing in the future of Pakistan,” said Aman ul Haque, Head of Engro Corporate Communication and Engro Foundation.

“We are excited to partner with Engro Corp, a leader and icon in the Pakistan corporate sector. We look forward to a creative partnership that will grow the brand’s influence in key areas & strengthen its overall brand positioning and engagement,” said Seema Jaffer, CEO, Bond Advertising.

Bond Advertising is a leading independent advertising agency. The firm’s diverse team of strategists & creatives has won many prestigious awards for their work including the PAS Local Campaign of the Year, PAS Best Financial Advertising for 3 years, PAS Best Event Campaign among others.

The Agency deploys its deep expertise across various sectors including financial communications, energy, health, social change & corporate communications.

Jazz Rising Stars Edition 2: Search for the Next Cricketing Superstars Begins

Cricket fever runs through the veins of every Pakistani. It’s part of our national identity and ‘bleed green’ is the cry that rallies us all whenever our team plays a match.

Luckily, we are blessed with incredible cricketing talent as well. However, the dreams of many starry eyed young kids never materalize because of poor cricketing facilities in the country. The grass roots infrastructure is sorely lacking and it means it can’t be pursued as a ‘serious’ career.

Sensing an opportunity here, Jazz collaborated with PSL team Lahore Qalandars for the Jazz Rising Stars initiative.

With it, Jazz is ensuring that the new generation of cricketing talents are provided the right opportunities.

Surpassing Expectations
Despite the blistering summer heat, the response to Jazz Rising Stars’ first edition was phenomenal. Expecting a healthy footfall of 40,000, the team was dumbfounded with over 113,300 registered participants, making it one of the largest cricket talent hunt programs worldwide.

The first edition of Jazz Rising Stars discovered unique talents like ambidextrous fast bowler Yasir Jan and launched the careers of aspiring cricketers like Usman Qadir, Saif Badar, Mohammad Irfan Junior and Ghulam Mudassar, who have already brought international acclaim to Pakistan.

Shahbaz Maqsood Khan, Director Marketing at Mobilink, while commenting on the program said:

With every passing year, we will make this talent hunt program stronger, bigger and more robust.
We intend to take Pakistani cricket to the next level with this partnership and collaboration with Lahore Qalandar. We are ultimately trying to establish a positive image of Pakistan in the world.

Former test cricketers, Aaqib Javed and Mudassar Nazar, were in charge of the entire selection process to form teams to compete for Jazz Rising Stars T20 Cup.

The Jazz Rising Stars T20 Cup was played in Lahore at Gaddafi Stadium. For aspiring cricketers, playing on a pitch where your idols have also played is a dream come true.

Jazz Rising Stars Edition 2: Bigger & Better
After its successful first edition, the second season of Jazz Rising Stars is underway and it is bigger and better than before.

Building on the success of its first edition, Jazz is now recruiting talent from more cities, including Kashmir. Trials in Mirpur, Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, and Layyah have already been conducted.

The complete schedule is attached below. If you think you have what it takes then pack your kit and head to the venue to prove your mettle.


Once the trials are completed, each city will get its own team which will go head to head against other teams to showcase the true potential of these young stars in a competitive environment. The matches will be held from 27th September till 8th October.



Jazz must be commended for doing its part to promote cricket at the grassroots level and providing thousands of kids an opportunity of a lifetime to represent our great nation.

Note: We will also compile a how-to guide on how to register for Jazz Rising Stars, so stay tuned.

Samsung is Working on 7nm Chips for Next Flagships

Samsung, the world’s largest chip maker, is outlining its plan to become the first in the industry to move towards a 7 nm fabrication process. Meanwhile, it is also introducing a new 11 nm fabrication procedure for future mid-to-upper end phones.

Called 7 LPP (Low Power Plus) with “extreme ultra violet lithography technology”, the chip will be the industry’s first to use this smaller die size. The current top-end mainstream offering in the market, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, is built on a 10 nm FinFET procedure, built in a collaboration between Samsung and Qualcomm.

Ahead of Competitors
The move will be a strategic one against rivals such as TSMC, the likes of which haven’t adopted the new technology yet. It has developed 200,000 wafers using EUV lithography, and seen yields of up to 80 percent on 256 MB SRAM.

Qualcomm recently switched almost exclusively to Samsung due to its advancement in said technologies. The arrival of its 7 nm FinFET batch is right on time for future iPhones as well as the company’s own Note series flagships. By switching to the new procedure next year, Samsung is on track to reach its targets of getting from 14nm to 7nm in three years.

Improving Mid-Range Chips
The new 11 LPP FinFET procedure for midrange devices, meanwhile, is an improvement over the previous 14 nm procedure, bringing a 15% theoretical performance improvement, while also reducing the chip sizes by 10%. The amount of power consumed stays the same as the current-generation chips like the Snapdragon 660.

“Samsung has added the 11 nm process to our roadmap to offer advanced options for various applications. Through this, Samsung has completed a comprehensive process roadmap spanning from 14 nm to 11 nm, 10 nm, 8 nm, and 7 nm in the next three years.” Ryan Lee, Vice President and Head of Foundry Marketing.

While the 11 LPP procedure is scheduled to see production in the first half of 2018, the 7LPP procedure will have to wait till the second half of the year.

Kamal Ahmed Joins Telenor Pakistan as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer

Telenor Pakistan has appointed Kamal Ahmed as its new Chief Corporate Affairs Officer effective 7th August 2017.

Aslam Hayat, who is replaced by Kamal Ahmed, has been made VP for two circles (Multan and Faisalabad)

Kamal has a vast experience in the field of ICT spanning over 27 years that transcend both international and domestic leadership assignments.  He has worked for several prominent organizations including Microsoft, Nortel, Sprint, PTCL, Ufone and UNDP among others.

“We are excited to welcome Kamal Ahmed to our Top Management team,” said Irfan Wahab Khan, CEO, Telenor Pakistan. “Telenor has always taken a thought leadership position in the matters pertaining to policy and regulatory affairs to establish a conducive business environment for the sector that eventually translates into benefits for the customers. We’re confident that Kamal will take our ambitions forward with his vision, experience and understanding of the ICT sector in Pakistan. We wish him all the best,” he added.

In his new role at Telenor Pakistan, Kamal will be spearheading the company’s Regulatory and Interconnect, Public and Government Affairs, and Legal departments along with Communications and Sustainability.

“I am very excited at becoming part of Telenor which is one of the most innovative and impactful companies in the country.  I look forward to being part of Telenor’s remarkable journey that is bridging the digital divide in the country and transforming the lives of people across Pakistan” said Kamal Ahmed.

Kamal holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University, USA.

Zong Lephone W12: 4G LTE Enabled Entry Level Smartphone [Unboxing+Review]

Zong had recently collaborated with Chinese phonemaker, LePhone, to launch its most affordable 4G phones in the market here in Pakistan. One of these phones is the LePhone W12. Coming in at a price of Rs. 9,990 it is the one of the cheapest 4G LTE enabled smartphone available in the market.




Zong LePhone W12 Specifications:

  • Network: 2G, 3G, 4G
  • OS: Android OS v6.0 (Marshmallow)
  • Processor: Spreadtrum SC9832A Quad-core 1.3 GHz (32-bit)
  • GPU: Mali-400 MP
  • Design: 
  • Weight: 147g
  • Dimensions: 143.2 x 71.2 x 9.3 mm
  • Display:  5.0 inches IPS with 1280×720 pixels (320 dpi)
  • Memory:
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Micro SD: yes
  • Camera:
  • Primary: 8MP, LED Flash, 720p video
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Pakistan Has The Least Number of Undersea Cables in the Region: Report

Pakistan with its geo-strategic position has the lowest number of undersea cables in the region, thus placing at a disadvantage in regional telecom markets.

Currently there are 6 submarine cables connecting two landing stations in Pakistan namely:


  • SEA-ME-WE 3
  • SEA-ME-WE 4
  • SEA-ME-WE 5
  • I-ME-WE
  • AAE-I
  • Transworld-1.

In 14 years only 5 additional undersea cables were connected to Pakistan.

It was expected that with the deregulation of LDI sector the number of undersea cables would increase to meet the ever increasing demand of data services and to provide redundancy and provision of cross-country connectivity to neighboring countries. However, Multinet is the only LDI operator which is in the process of establishing SRG-I at Gwadar.


With the announcement of Telecom Policy 2015, PTA, as the sector regulator is entrusted with successful implementation of the tasks specified under broad objectives and definite targets.

Under the Policy, current licensing regime will continue to apply. However, PTA will conduct an assessment of market absorption capacity. Any new licensing in Long Distance & International (LDI) sector will be subject to an assessment.

PTA says that over time, the performance of LDI sector has failed to meet the desired expectations. This is because of a lack of development of necessary infrastructure. However, the strength of the sector cannot be underestimated as it holds a number of opportunities for existing as well as potential LDI operators.

Therefore, PTA is of the view that further licensing may bring investments for establishment of an OFC network, undersea cables and cross boarder connectivity.

PTA has asked all stakeholders to give their feedback on the issues highlighted below.

Main Issues

The following issues are being circulated to the industry for consultation so that they can be incorporated in the new LDI license:


  1. New LDI licensee will deploy a minimum of 8,000 kms of OFC as per ITU standards throughout Pakistan within eight years. Furthermore, 25% of OFC will be deployed in un-served and under-served areas.
  2. New LDI licensee at its own or through a consortium of LDI(s) would be required to participate in new undersea submarine cable(s) to establish new landing point(s) other than Karachi within ten years.
  3. New LDI licensee would set up cross-border link with at least one country within 5 years of issuance of license.
  4. New LDI applicants will be required to acquire new LL licenses for at least two under-served LL regions as mandated by PTA with at least 400 subscribers in each region.
  5. New license conditions would be applicable on existing LDI licensees upon their renewal.

Zong Captures Over 75% of 4G Market in Pakistan

While telecom companies are struggling on the financial front with declining margins and diluted usage (thanks to OTT services), Zong is gearing up with its 4G offerings to place itself as the top data network in the country.

Zong has apparently realized that telecom operators can’t race with OTT services — especially for basic telephony such as voice and SMS — but instead they can work on strengthening their infrastructure to become first choice operator for any OTT user.

This is usually possible only when you are able to meet bandwidth demands with high speed and reliability.

Zong has, for this purpose, made sufficient investments in hardening its network. In fact it has now more than 7,000 4G enabled towers to serve its customers with high-speed internet at a price that is affordable for everyone.

As mentioned above, the rise of smartphones and OTT services had created room for a solid and affordable data operator. While we agree that wireless internet can not beat wired or fixed broadband, Zong has managed to meet customer demand for solid and affordable internet.

As a result, Zong today sells more than 70% of all data SIMs in Pakistan. Not only this, they also hold 75% of the mobile broadband (MBB) device share in the country.

This actually means that if you want to buy a dongle or data SIM, Zong is the default choice — all thanks to its wide, deep and thorough 4G coverage.

Not to mention, Zong has announced that it will convert its entire tower-base of 10,500 sites to 4G by the end of the year. This essentially means that Zong’s entire network will be 4G enabled within next few months.

For now, their 4G market share is 75% and this will only grow further with added coverage and strong back-haul support.

While you may know that 2G and 3G ARPUs of Pakistani mobile phone users hover around Rs. 200 mark, the least possible average revenue per user for data SIMs and MBB devices is Rs. 1,500.

This actually means that for every MBB device or data SIM sold by Zong, other operators will have to sell at least 7 SIMs to match Zong’s throughput.

It is yet to be seen how other market players are going to respond to Zong’s placement, let alone come near to what Zong is offering.

Internet in Pakistan Fully Restored After Submarine Cable is Fixed in Record Time

Internet speeds in Pakistan are fully restored now as the damaged submarine cable (IMEWE) is now fully functional after the fault was fixed in record time, we have confirmed with sources.

According to details shared with ProPakistani, IMEWE is now operational at full capacity and hence the internet access and speeds in the country are now fully restored.

It must be mentioned that IMEWE was cut yesterday morning and Pakistan was literally disconnected with the rest of the world.

However, due to quick resolution in record time, the IMEWE is now back in service after a fault was detected and repaired moments ago.

PTCL, that maintains and operates IMEWE in Pakistan, has confirmed ProPakistani that service to all its users are restored back to normal with-in less than 36 hours.

PTCL said that any customers not getting the expected service should restart their routers for a quick fix.

It must also be mentioned that SEAMEWE4 and TW1 submarine cables — that connect Pakistan with rest of the world — are still down as a repair work is in progress on both the cables.

Take A Look at Who Wins When PTCL & Telenor Troll Each Other

PTCL is back for another round on Twitter, this time against Telenor’s djuice.

After the back and forth exchange between two famous ISPs a few days back, namely Nayatel and PTCL, djuice has also stepped in to join in on the fun. Seeing as how the two brands indulged in some good PR over social media, the temptation to get some punches in was too hard to resist for Telenor.

It all Started With the Recent Internet Outage
By now we all know what happened a few days back, when Pakistan had to suffer through slow internet over the weekend. Many irate customers took over social media to voice their frustration.

After PTCL and Nayatel had that funny Twitter exchange, Telenor’s djuice also jumped into the fray, playfully requesting them to use Telenor’s 3G/4G services to stream footage of their undersea cable repair:


 can use  internet to live stream their cable repair. Dial *345*75# to get 1500 MBs with djuice weekly all in one offer.
PTCL responded in kind, bringing up the data limits that exist on bundles offered by djuice. Talk about being ‘unlimited’:
 can use  internet to live stream their cable repair. Dial *345*75# to get 1500 MBs with djuice weekly all in one offer.
Thank you for the offer but we like sticking with packages that don't run out  
That wasn’t the end of it as djuice was unfazed by PTCL’s reply. It promply poked fun at the “temperamental” and unreliable nature of PTCL’s internet:
Thank you for the offer but we like sticking with packages that don't run out  
Unlimited and temperamental... We'll stick to being available anytime, anywhere :p
PTCL was quick to reply:
Unlimited and temperamental... We'll stick to being available anytime, anywhere :p
Please wait while we call the international consortium and let them know the international outage was only a bad mood problem 
It seemed like the tweet showdown for go on for quite a while with djuice pointing out PTCL’s “unlimited” excuses:
Please wait while we call the international consortium and let them know the international outage was only a bad mood problem 
Sounds like the only thing "Unlimited" here are the excuses anyways Keep calm and keep using djuice for the twitter updates.
Data limits hurt, or do they? PTCL and djuice continued to duke it out over social media:
Sounds like the only thing "Unlimited" here are the excuses anyways Keep calm and keep using djuice for the twitter updates.
djuice finally brought the tweet war to an end with an epic burn:

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