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China Mobile Submits TD-SCDMA Tariff Plan Proposals

MIIT, 9/08/08

China Mobile (NYSE: CHL; 0941.HK) has submitted its TD-SCDMA tariff proposals to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) for approval. The packages will be offered during its year-long commercial TD-SCDMA trials. If approved, the new plans will be offered in the cities of Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Qinhuangdao, Qingdao and Baoding. Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Tianjin would trial the plans in September, while roll-out in the other test cities would depend upon initial customer reception.

The tariffs include a corporate plan, a family plan, a small-to-medium-enterprise plan and a campus plan. The TD-SCDMA corporate plan will cost RMB 30 a month and comes with 500 minutes of free talk time to other devices on the TD-SCDMA network. The same package for families will cost RMB 10 per month and provide 50 minutes of free talk time. SMEs will be able to purchase a switchboard plan, comprising of a master phone and multiple extensions. The firms will be billed RMB 100 for the switchboard itself, and then an additional RMB 5 per extension. All of these packages charge RMB 0.22 for the first three minutes of local calls, and then RMB 0.11 per minute thereafter. Incoming calls are free-of-charge, and domestic long-distance calls are billed at RMB 0.3 per minute.

A separate package targeting students will cost RMB 5 per month, and provide 150 SMS messages and 100M of bandwidth usage. This plan bills RMB 0.13 per minute for outgoing local calls within the network, and RMB 0.23 per minute for devices on other networks. Domestic long-distance calls are billed at RMB 0.29 per minute, and receiving calls from within the same province will be free of charge. The plan charges RMB 0.1 for each SMS message beyond the subscribers monthly quota.

Keywords: 0941.HK Baoding Beijing China Mobile CHL Guangzhou long-distance MIIT package Qingdao Qinhuangdao Shanghai Shenyang Shenzhen SMS tariffs TD-SCDMA Tianjin wireless Xiamen 3G commercial trial


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