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August 11, 2014

House Bill No. 4782 filed to prohibit prepaid load expiry

Las Pinas Rep. Mark A. Villar recently filed the House Bill No. 4782 or the Prepaid Load Protection Act of 2014 which aims to prohibit expiration dates on prepaid loads.

Under Prepaid Load Protection Act of 2014, telcos will not be allowed to impose an expiration period on the validity of unused prepaid call and text cards. Forfeiture of load credits stored on an active prepaid phone account via prepaid call and text card or electronic transfer will be also considered unlawful.

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In addition, the act will also give a prepaid subscriber the right to demand a refund in the event that his load credits were forfeited without any valid cause.

Villar said that bills protecting consumers against unfair practices of telecommunications companies should be prioritized in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“Every Filipino deserves protection as a consumer, and the passing of this bill allows each citizen to get the right value of their hard earned money,” Villar said.

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23 Responses to “House Bill No. 4782 filed to prohibit prepaid load expiry”

  1. Easy E says:

    This is good. Sana maging republic act soon. Walang retroactive effect ito kungsakali.
    Sana yung throttling din ng bandwidth iaddress din ng mga mambabatas natin. Kung sa U.S. ngapinagpapaliwanag yung mga carriers dun sa throttling ng data bandwidth, bakit dito sa pinas OK lang?

    • pinoypo says:

      i am fine with throttling as long as the monthly cap should be no less than 30gb roughly 1gb per day. who do the majority of the mobile data consumers have to suffer from the actions of those scum fucks torrenting and do heavy downloading on mobile data?

    • mark says:

      @pinoypo

      true, some are using their mobile data for downloading and the majority does not. pero mas maganda siguro na ang telco mismo ang mag upgrade ng facilities nila to accommodate ALL users kesa sa sabihin nila na hinay hinay lang sa paggamit. Quarterly nagrerelease sila ng earnings nila diba? bakit hindi nila gamitin yun para mag upgrade ng infra nila para maging masaya LAHAT ng subscribers?

      parang number coding sa edsa. you’re limiting the number of cars by not allowing them to travel on one day. pero kahit hindi sila mag travel, congested pa rin ang edsa sa dami ng may kotse.

  2. pinoypi says:

    long overdue… crooked fucking telco’s forcing load expirations. people should have the right to spend their prepaid load however and whenever they want. i don’t even mind a one year expiry on regular loads. inactive sim cards, meaning sims with no incurred charges for x amount of months should be also deactivated and lose any remaining regular load to be fair with the telco’s too as they also spend money maintaining the active prepaid subscribers.

  3. someone says:

    Does this also include sim-card expiry?
    Would be better if the bill is extended to sim-card expiry.

  4. heck says:

    i lived in thailand for 2 years. doon, nag e-expire din ang load. ang difference lang at mas ok na sistema – pag nag load ka ulit, yung remaining load balance mo eh ma ke-carry over dun sa bagong amount na niload mo. nice di ba? walang remaining load balance na nasa-sayang. so ang tanong eh- why can’t we do the same thing here? maganda na ma-adopt din natin yung mga ganitong bagay o sistema from other countries.

  5. Miss Call says:

    Let us extend this to landlines. If I never used my landline for the month, I should not pay for anything.

    • Easy E says:

      Circuit-switched po ang landline (plain old telephone service). You pay flat rate po talaga dyan. Gamitin mo man or hindi.

  6. Raphiduz says:

    This house bill should also include the postpaid subscribers’ right. Postpaid subscribers already paid the plan in advance before they consume it. If ever the subscribers does not consume all his plan of the month, the remaining consumable balance should be credited to his next month billing cycle as an additional load to his plan.

    • dailuz says:

      di po yan pwede… iba ang mga postpaid lines.

    • mark says:

      meron na po mga postpaid account na parang prepaid din ang style. yung babayaran mo lang yung naconsume mo na text / call. so kung hindi ka naman gumamit, wala kang babayaran at wala kang makukuhang credits sa kanila. yan na yung katumbas ng bill na ito.

      hindi mangyayari yan sa regular postpaid na plan. unang una, subsidized na yung telepono mo kapag nag subscribe ka.

  7. archie says:

    Maganda ito at yung iba pa nilang ginagawa tulad ng sa internet pero sana bigyang pansin din ng law makers yung ibang matagal nang problema tulad ng mataas na toll fee sa highways, protection against poor quality of service, “travelling fee” na sinisingil sa airport, yung pagpasa ng bagong tax law sa mga empleyado, etc. Hindi naman kasi ganun kabigat ang pagloload sa Pinas, ang mabigat ay yung mga loopholes at miscellaneous fees na halos araw-araw pinapasan ng Pinas na mas malaki ang nagagawang butas sa pitaka kesa sa prepaid load. Mas gustong lutasin ng mga mambabatas yung trivial matters kesa sa long lasting solutions na mas priority sa development.

  8. ejay says:

    Then after na mabayaran sila ng telcos pababayaan na yang bill na yan. Kumikitang kabuhayan talaga for the lawmakers.haha just saying.

    • archie says:

      Right on the bucket. They condemn these little company policies as demonizing the whole nation pero ang totoo naghahanap lang sila ng ibang magagatasan dahil wala nang pork barrel. Andaming mas malalaking problem sa bansa pero iniisnab ng mga politicians dahil wala silang kikitain sa pagtatrabago nang maayos. Yan ang dahilan kaya maraming investor ang ayaw maglaan ng pera sa bansa natin dahil bawat galaw nila ay may babayaran sila kahit hindi kailangan.

  9. Chad says:

    Napansin ko lang, lahat kayo consumer point of view. Gusto niyo kayo lang kumakabig, this is business, guys.

    Telcos have already implemented that when you reload before the expiration of your existing load, the remaining credits will be extended until the expiration of your new load.

    As to no expiration, unearned income nalang nila ito lahat? Sila pa may utang sa inyo na service? This bill should be revisited.

    • mark says:

      oo negosyo yan. hindi naman public service yan e. dyan pumapasok ang gobyerno. kaya nga may house bill na gusto maging batas para sa kapakanan naman natin. ideally, yan ang silbi ng ntc, to regulate and oversee unfair telco practices that are opposite public interest.

      kung titignan mo kasi, ang perang ni-load mo, sabihin na nating 100 pesos. Hindi naman magiging halagang 500 pesos worth of load yan kapag nag load ka ng prepaid card. Hindi nag-iba ang value ng pera mo. Parang gift certificate sa mga mall. 1000 GC is equivalent to 1000 pesos.

      hindi nito sakop yung mga nag-aavail ng mga PROMO. kapag nag avail ka ng promo, may sariling mechanics ito na sinusunod.

      ang magandang trade-off dito ay kapag sabihin na nating, in 1 month hindi ka nag consume ng load, may fixed amount ka pa rin na babayaran, kasi kahit hindi ka nag consume ng load, nagagamit mo pa rin naman yung services nila. pwede ka pa rin maka-receive ng call or text.

    • archie says:

      Agree. At kung tutuusin mura ang prepaid loads natin compared sa ibang bansa dahil merong mga Combo loads. Hindi rin tayo sinisingil kapag nakakareceive tayo ng text di tulad sa America at Europe. Naghahanap lang ng avenue ang mga politicians na yan pamblackmail sa mga business dahil wala na silang macocorrupt na pera ng bayan.

  10. v
    Twitter: Vincent
    says:

    immortal load might be too much. what happens for example to all the sim cards that are say stolen (along with the cellphone) then discarded. The phone company still has to keep the load alive and that probably uses up computer storage space and increases their overhead which they will pass to us users. One or 2 years after the last use might be enough

  11. In-all-fairness says:

    In all fairness, this is the healthiest series of comments I’ve read so far. Walang bashing and trash talking.

  12. Abuzalzal says:

    pakialam nyo kung magtorrent ako, dun ako masaya eh, nagbabayad naman ako ah…

  13. Harhar says:

    I guess mas maganda if more than 100 ang load the expiry should be at least 6 mos and yung less than 100 eh mga 60 days that is good already at tanggalin din dapat yung spamming ng promos nila na kumakain ng load. dyan din magagaling ang mga telcos natin.

  14. Lloyd Dunamis says:

    So when is this going to pass as a law? It seems this Act was filed on May 20, and for almost 4 months now there hasn’t been any development.

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