What Is Per Minute Billing?
Per-minute billing is the most common billing method here in Trinidad & Tobago. Most of our service providers who offer mobile or landline services use this form of billing method for their postpaid and prepaid services.
This is significant because, let’s say you made a call that was 2 min and 35 seconds, that call would be rounded up to 3 min. Technically speaking, you lose out on those seconds, which turns into losing out on minutes.
Bmobile, however, utilizes per second billing. The huge advantage to this is that if you use 20 seconds on a call, it will not be rounded up to 1 min and you will only be charged for what you use.
Why does it matter?
If you had 200 min, and you pressed the call button 200x and ended the call as soon as it connected, you would lose out on your allotted min.
It is important to find free ways to have conversations or take advantage of company promo offers.
People often wonder how they exceed their allotted minutes and feel like they have never actually made enough calls to go over. Well thanks to per min billing, it is very easy to do this.
For companies still using per second billing, you are going to get all of your allotted mins.
How to Keep A Postpaid Bill Low
Well, there are a few ways to talk to each other for free. Digicel offers the Postpaid XXL plan for $561.38 (VAT incl) that has the option for an unlimited local talk and 800 Min which can be used for long distance to US, Canada, Carribean, and the UK.
Bmobile offers the everything LTE plan for $673.88 that also offers unlimited local calls and unlimited local data (fair usage caps you at 20gb) so technically it is not unlimited.
Now I know you’re wondering about the free options of talking to people without having to sign up for each company respective highest plan. Here are a couple ways to do that:
Whatsapp Calls: Whatsapp has recently launched their voice & video calling that uses up data. You can get pretty decent call quality once you are in a spot with a good data connection. Either both participants are on Wifi with a fast speed, or within Bmobiles LTE network or Digicel’s 4G network.
Hangouts/Blackberry/Facebook/Skype calls: All of these apps have the ability to make voice calls and just like WhatsApp calls require the same thing, good data connections.
I think we are moving closer to the day where our phone companies start to simplify their plans and begin offering unlimited phone/data plans and allow us to call any number locally without having to discern between whether it is a landline, a mobile, or even an area code.
Bmobile has taken the first step, but I suspect more people will start to think about those plans if the price went down a bit.
So what do you guys think? Are there any other ways you can talk to people for free in T&T? How do you keep your postpaid bills low and save money on your prepaid accounts? Let us know your techniques in the comments section.