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LIME cuts prepaid mobile Internet rates

Published:Monday | April 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Garfield Sinclair, LIME managing director, helps serve cake to the large crowd which gathered at the Sir William Grant Park to witness the launch of the LIME XL Value campaign. The telecommunications company launched the mega four-part offer with the sharing of a giant 8'x8' cake on Friday. - Contributed

LIME has announced it is rolling out a slate of low-cost prepaid mobile Internet service packages with rates cut by as much as 66 per cent.

The telecommunications firm said in a release yesterday that the move was part of its continuing drive to increase Internet penetration nationally.

"Beginning
May 1, 2012, LIME's popular prepaid one-day plan will be available for
$100, down from $300. Similarly, the price of the seven-day prepaid
package will be slashed by more than 50 per cent, down to $600 from
$1,250," stated the release. "In addition, the 30-day package will be
available for just $2,500, down from $3,500."

LIME
said its postpaid mobile Internet rates would remain the same, but the
data allocation for both the 'casual user' and 'regular user' packages
would be increased.

Customers opting for the 'casual user' plan will now get 2GB instead of 1GB for $2,000," LIME said. "In the same vein, the 'regular user' plan now offers 4GB instead of 3GB for $3,000."

LIME said its mobile Internet service gives customers the ease and convenience of accessing the Internet with wireless devices such as smartphones, MI-FI units, dongles, and USB modems, or any other enabled devices.

Low-cost laptop

Last year, LIME introduced the FLIPtop, a low-cost laptop which the company bundles with its postpaid ADSL and mobile Internet service packages.

"LIME is the company that brought the Internet to Jamaica. We built the network that supports the majority of Jamaica's data communication, and we believe that we have a responsibility to ensure that more Jamaicans have access to the kind of technology that will improve their quality of life, be it personally, academically or professionally," said Garry Sinclair, LIME's managing director for Jamaica and Cayman.

"By slashing the cost of our prepaid mobile Internet service, we are making it easier and more affordable for customers to get Internet while on the go from practically anywhere in Jamaica. Everyone - students, business people, professionals and recreational users - will experience the benefits of having Internet access without being tethered to a wired connection," he added.

Yesterday's announcement came days after LIME launched its XL Value campaign with a five-hour-long promotional event which culminated with the cutting of a giant 8'x8' cake at the Sir William Grant Park in downtown Kingston on Friday.

The new rates and packages are listed below:

PREPAID

New

Plan          Price            Data 

7-day      J$600             2GB

30-day   J$2,500          3GB

Old

Plan          Price            Data
1-day        J$300          1GB
7-day        J$1,250       3GB
30-day     J$3,500        3GB

POSTPAID

New

Plan                   Price               Data

Casual User    J$2,000          2GB

Regular User  J$3,000          4GB

Heavy User     J$5,000           7GB

Old

Plan                   Price               Data

Casual User    J$2,000          1GB

Regular User  J$3,000          3GB

Heavy User     J$5,000           7GB