The True Value Of Hutch Prepaid

vebk

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Thinking of switching over to Hutch prepaid from MTNL Dolphin (great plans but really sucky network signal in my house).

anyway, as I have always been bitter about, these companies usually have some sort of "access fee" or "processing fee" attached to recharge coupons which increase validity also. I have always wondered why it takes almost half the cost of the recharge to "process" the card.

anyway, more to the point, I made a table on what a Hutch prepaid actually costs you in terms of money out of your pocket every month. Here's the table:

http://img81.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hutchprepaidtwototalk8yw.jpg

As you can see the basic recharge of Rs. 400 offers slightly (almost negligibly) better call rates than the Rs. 350 recharge + two-to-talk, but since two-to-talk gets you 1500 free SMSes, the latter offers a much much better deal.

Even though the second plan + two-to-talk offers a much better deal, I don't need that many minutes, so will probably go for the Rs. 350 recharge + two-to-talk = Rs. 410 each month.

Makes Sense? What do other people recommend?
 

prathapml

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All I will say is, Hutch Bangalore is amazing!I'm on pre-paid, and normally recharge for 550 rupees. Here's what I get:Validity: 45 daysTalktime: 399addl. talktime: +125 for non-F&F local numbersFree local SMS: 100 per day (3000 sms a month)And sometimes when I have to re-charge for 350, what I get is:Validity: 30 daysTalktime: 193addl. talktime: +125 for non-F&F local numbersFree local SMS: 100 per day (3000 sms a month)I dont know about STD rates, as all my calls are made locally. Calls to all GSM are at 0.99 rupees a minute. Landlines is at 2 rupees. Calls to 3 selected local F&F (friends & family) numbers is at 30 paise per minute.And if you dont have cash at end of month, just do a Chota recharge for 40 rupees, and extend validity by 10 days (costing 30 rupees). Which implies that with just 100 rupees you can run mobile for a month & have 3000 local SMSes.
 

vebk

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Ahh I overlooked the whole fexi recharge (etopup) thing because I thought that etopup doesn't give you more validity.... anyway, assuming that you can use two-to-talk with etopup (and please tell me whether you can do this or not), here's a new table:

http://img96.imageshack.us/my.php?image=hutchprepaidtwototalk3gc.jpg

So the third plan (Rs. 331 etopup recharge + two-to-talk) makes the most sense to me, both in terms of minutes as well as the true call rate. So can I use two-to-talk with a Rs. 331 etopup recharge every month?

Oh and does anyone know whether one can get a custom number on Hutch prepaid? If you can how much does it cost, and how does one go about it?

Edit: Had made an arithmetic error. Have changed the link to the correct table.
 


prathapml

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Custom number?Or do you mean private number (undisclosed)?In bangalore, we just go to the nearest Hutch Shop, ask for a new pre-paid, the assistant then brings out about 30 envelopes, with different phone numbers written on it. We then choose the number that seems most easy to remember, and walk out 2 minutes later with a new mobile number of our choice.
 

vebk

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I mean as in if you want a particular number to match your birthdate or something more memorable... say if you wanted 9811007007.
 

Sushubh

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i think they do let u choose the last 3-4 digits of the newly purchased number if you so desire.
 


max

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wow...mumbai subscribers dont have any choices do we? And the call rates here are much higher 1.99 to any phone ( std.330 recharge ) and no free SMSes. 1.5 bucks per SMS local! :eek:
 

smartbuddy_82

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Mumbai people are rich, no free sms's, high call rates, less talktime and also 1.50/local sms... :angry:Commerical capital of India, so mumbaikar's are milked to the last drop by all mobile companies.... :(
 

viralbug

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yes we mumbaikars have to face higher rates. just look at the bangalore rates, they are so awesome! :(