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LIME’s JA$2.99 Flat Rate Plan and JA$300 30-Day Data Plan

LIME, who’ve already reduced their rates to JA$2.99 per minute flat Rate for Cross-Network, On-Net and International Callings as described in Kelroy’s article LIME Jamaica Announces All Network $2.99 Prepaid One Rate, has announced on Friday August 9th 2013 a new JA$300 30-Day Data Plan package as well as a Weekend Offer offer for a Alcatel One touch T’Pop smartphone.

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To get information to activate the new plans, use the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) Code of *129#. The Data Plans now cost as follows:

 

Plan

Cost (JA$)

Allotment

Activation

1 Day (24 hours)

50.00

50MB

*146*50#

1 Day (24 hours)

100.00

500MB

*146*1#

7 Days

600.00

2GB

*146*7#

30 Days

300.00

250MB

*146*30*1#

30 Days

500.00

500MB

*146*30*2#

30 Days

800.00

1GB

*146*30*3#

30 Days

1,500.00

2GB

*146*30*4#

 

Note: Overage is handled via dropped to EDGE Speed and billing at JA$40 per Megabyte as explained in How to Access LIME or Digicel’s 4G Internet using an unlocked 4G LTE Modem Dongle, smartphone or Tablet.

LIME also has SMS (Short Messaging Service) or Text Message pre-alerts that prompt you just before you exceed your Data Limit on your smartphone at the following set-points in your data usage:

  1. 75% of Data Plan

  2. 95% of Data Plan

  3. 100% of Data Plan

Knowing LIME, this will be re-introduced again just in time for School in September 2013 and is more reason why smartphone adoption will continue to rise in Jamaica as argued in Apple iPhone boosts Jamaican smartphone usage as BB goes Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.

Digicel may have to do the same soon to remain competitive in Data Services. Based on fellow blogger Horace article Digicel’s Internet Bundle leaves a lot to be desired, they might need to consider a price reduction in Data Services as alternatives are coming along by 2014.

This’ll be in the form of competition from Telecom Service Providers coming to Jamaica to take advantage of the Spectrum Management Authority’s coming Auction of 700MHz Spectrum for 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) High Speed Wireless Broadband Data Services. Thus expect to see more Tablets and smartphones, especially with these very friendly prices and the Pre-Alert system that’ll allow Tablet Users to manage their Data Usage better as surmised in The Two Towers of Tablets, 7” Amazon Kindle Fire and 7.9” Apple iPad are the Global Tablet size of Choice.

This coming competition may also be the herald for the start of DSO (Digital Switch Over) for Free-To-Air Broadcasters to DTT (Digital Terrestrial Television), whose Spectrum is also Ripe for Data Services as argued in The Future of Free-to-Air Broadcasters in Jamaica as Digital Switch Over Approaches in 2015.

Digicel has already introduced the low cost Alcatel One Touch S’Pop aka the DL600 smartphone to customers for JA$7000 (including GCT) to boost “4G” Data Usage as noted in Kelroy’s article Digicel to launch Affordable Android-powered 4G Smartphone in May.

So lower Data Rates are coming soon from Digicel eventually to match their lower smartphone prices and thus boost Data-heavy Tablet usage in Jamaica. This would increase Data Subscriptions and would translate to more Prepaid Credit being sold, even for Digicel’s 4G WiMaX Service as stated in How to setup and troubleshoot your Digicel 4G Broadband Modem.

So dear user, the Summer of 2013 may soon be over. For those youngsters soon to return to school, good news: LIME’s JA$2.99 Flat Rate Plan and JA$300 30-Day Data Plan means lower Data Rate are coming from Digicel.

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