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Digicel to eliminate cheaper rates for prepaid customers

Published:Friday | November 14, 2014 | 11:04 AM

Telecommunication company Digicel is to eliminate the cheaper off-peak and weekend rates for its prepaid customers starting on Tuesday.



In a newspaper advertisement, Digicel said as of Tuesday, it will also eliminate its Brawta Plan, the Gimme 5 Extra Plan, the $2.49 plan and the double-bubble plan.



Prepaid customers on the Brawta Plan will instead be transferred to the Gimme Five Plan.



The Gimme Five plan eliminates Off-Peak and Weekend rates and instead imposes a single rate marginally lower than the current peak rate.



Under the plan it will also cost more for Digicel mobile customers to call Digicel landlines in off peak hours than now exist.



Meanwhile, roaming rates will now be $9.99 for prepaid and post paid customers up from the $8 a minute off-peak, but slightly down from the $10 a minute peak rate.



However, Digicel says there will be added benefits for customers including an 80 per cent reduction in international calling rates to the USA, Canada and UK landlines.

 

It says changes to the prepaid plans will also result in an increase in the number of free text messages from 200 to 500, under the Gimme 5 Plan.



The changes in the Digicel rates come a week after a major development in the telecoms sector with the announcement by Cable & Wireless Communication, that it will be buying Columbus International.



Cable and Wireless is the parent company for LIME, while Columbus International is the parent company for FLOW.



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