IN a new move to reduce the expense for the public during the current coronavirus pandemic the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) joined hands with all mobile phone networks to introduce 100 minutes of free calls for 45 days with registration taking place during May 1-15, PostToday reported this afternoon (20.4.2020).
Mr Takorn Tanthasit. secretary-general of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said all five mobile phone networks have agreed to cooperate and help lift the burden of mobile users with the procedure being to dial*170* followed by the user’s ID card number with the giveaway kicking in as soon as confirmation SMS is received.
It is expected that 50 million mobile users would claim this privilege given all Thai citizens with each person eligible to receive it for one number per network, but for example if they have a number with three camps, they can claim the giveaway for all three numbers.
This measure to reduce the financial burden of the people during the current global pandemic is focused on prepaid mobile users, with 70% of them living upcountry.
The government and NBTC together with the cooperation of the five networks had since April 10 started giving away 10 GB extra data usage to mobile users as well as updating their home network to 100 Mbps to help support the current work from home situation.
The five operators are Advanced Info Service Plc or AIS, Total Access Communication Plc or DTAC, True Corporation Plc, TOT Plc and CAT Telecom Plc.
Mobile Phone Addicts: Six high school students simultaneously taking on their mobile phones. Photo: Keng Susumpow (CC-BY-2.0)