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50paisa per minute is an Marketing Gimmick?

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    Default 50paisa per minute is an Marketing Gimmick?

    Hi,
    I was think of subscribing to Virgin mobile by seeing this various advertisements(mainly Boy talking to a Girl, while girl's mom talk on virgin)

    They advertise the rate of 50paise per minute for local and STD calls.
    However, this is only applicable for

    Only first 3 Local mins of the day,rest would be charged @ Re.1/min

    Now, isn't this advertisement wrong?
    As its fooling the consumers?

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    actually its the other way round,
    local call - first 3 min of the day @ Re.1, from 4th min @ 50p
    STD - first 3 min of the day @ Rs.1.50, next 30 min @ 50p, from 34th min @ Rs.1.50
    hope this clarifies the situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    actually its the other way round,
    local call - first 3 min of the day @ Re.1, from 4th min @ 50p
    STD - first 3 min of the day @ Rs.1.50, next 30 min @ 50p, from 34th min @ Rs.1.50
    hope this clarifies the situation.
    if its this way ... there's not much wrong in the promotions

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    yes. thats what I also think. In fact Virgin took the lead in this regard. And now Rel CDMA has responded with the Rs.39 STV.
    but the catch there is, for every call, only the 2nd min. onwards its charged @ 50p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by panchabhut View Post
    yes. thats what I also think. In fact Virgin took the lead in this regard. And now Rel CDMA has responded with the Rs.39 STV.
    but the catch there is, for every call, only the 2nd min. onwards its charged @ 50p.
    quite a catch ... most calls we make through the day are short ones ...

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    yep. only good for the love birds and those who stay away from their family.

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    I have learned my lesson the hard way for many of these gimmicks. If you think that it is too good to be true, sadly, it most likely is. When it comes to a great deal, be sure to read the fine print. There really could be a gem of a deal out there, but you have to ask yourself why they would pay someone to use their product when there are so many people out there that pay them.

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    As of now, the best offer in the market is from Reliance (Simply Reliance Plan - with no strings attached)
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    I'm just curious how much exactly is a paisa in USD? As I would like to get a better idea of the type of deals you guys are receiving in India from Virgin Mobile vs. what we are getting here in the United States.

    Thanks!

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