momof3 wrote:Hmmm the hubby who works in the industry says there should be no charge. I sent the link to a manager of one of the aforementioned companies who can confirm or deny it for us.
Agreed, there should be no charge until the voicemail picks up.
HybridAmbassador wrote:So Chile is emulating, Americas Cell/wireless companies practices of making money by robbing Americas Cell subscribers of the 90's..Back then in earlier parts of 90's when I 1st subscribed for Cell services via now defunct/renamed Pacific Telesis, each time I received a Cell phone bills, all the calls that didn't go through ware charged to both parties,(later foundout).
No, in the US there were all sorts of weird schemes like CPP and CPPP (calling party pays, and calling party pays plus), as well as mobile numbers having the same area code as fixed numbers, which fortunately haven't made it to South America. Completely different environment.
admin wrote:For internet using your cell, some of the companies will boot you if you are the lowest signal connection on the tower and there are other connections that are stronger in the slots that come on. It keeps them looking good.
No, it doesn't happen like this. Mobiles closer to the network antenna will get higher throughput, due to more efficient modulation schemes being possible with a better quality radio connection. Also, mobiles capable of sustaining higher throughput may be scheduled more often. But an ongoing call means revenue, and nobody deliberately drops one (except in certain very specific circumstances like a higher priority call coming in).
admin wrote:The other one I have heard is them charging for partial bandwidth use. Can not recall how this works, but essentially they are rounding up the KB you download. So say you get 500 bites, they subtract a kb from your plan that month.
My all time favourite was "3G" from Claro. When you read the contract, 3G is 3 gigbites of data per month. It is not a connection speed or technology. Did not matter, their connection sucks so bad that you would never get either one.
Round up is fairly common in the billing process, and of course MBs might only be 1000 bytes instead of 1024.There's no cure for marketing unfortunately, but it's a universal plague, not just Chilean, for example I believe US operators were offering 4G services before the network equipment was available.
admin wrote:Recently, I have noticed movistar when in the central regions being almost useless. Dropped calls, internet connections dropped. I am out in the sticks, and most days get excellent connections. All the marks of a saturated oversold network. Our connection only becomes really unstable like they do in the central regions on the weekends when all the people from Santiago are visiting the lake.
I haven't worked with Movistar in Chile but yes the central region is probably quite congested, lots of people with lots of smartphones.
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