From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

Local News
In Sierra Leone, Recharge cards cost soars again
By Aruna Turay
Jul 5, 2010, 13:11

Prices for mobile phone recharge cards have over the weekend been increased yet again by the various service providers in Sierra Leone. At least this information has already been relayed by the Comium mobile company to subscribers through SMS message. The increase took effect on Thursday 1st July, 2010.

The text message sent on Friday reads that the retail price for 100 units recharge card should now be Le3, 600 (Three thousand six hundred Leones), an addition of Le200,00 made. The increase came in the wake of rush by subscribers to register their Sim cards to meet governmentís deadline for registration.

To many subscribers interviewed, it is a disappointment. Many also blame the regulating body, National Telecommunication Commission (NATCOM) for failing to prevent mobile companies from exploiting subscribers.

"I actually question the capability of NATCOM to properly regulate mobile companies operating in this country, especially when these companies are seen doing what they want with impunity," Mrs. Elizabeth Thorpe a Civil Servant told this reporter, adding that the Government should ensure that NATCOM represents mobile phone users adequately.

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