Archive for February, 2009

Faisal Qureshi & Aijaz Aslam in Telenor Persona TV Commercial -Is It Working?

Posted by 14 February, 2009 (6) Comment

Recently, Telenor introduced three postpaid Persona Packages and in it’s one of TV commercial we see Faisal Qureshi and Aijaz Aslam as Doctor and Businessman. Sounds funny huh!? Both are acting in a comedy show ‘Main Aur Tum’ at ARY Digital and their image is quite different from what Telenor Persona tried to build from their campaign. Telenor would be more successful if they could bring some humorous part in their campaigns and endorse these actors. Don’t know whether this is working or not. The results will come on screen after the ‘ratings’ issued by the agency (Adcom).

Telenor made the same mistake when it started it’s Postpaid Plan (Persona) endorsing ‘Jamal Shah’ who is an artist as Business Executive and the ratings went down. People have different images of artists in their minds and in my opinion Telenor continuously fails to understand this (specially for their postpaid plan).

What you guys think? Do you like both in the professions they are assigned in Personal TV Commercial or not. Write your comments on this.

Disclaimer: Above written article is the Author’s personal opinion and everyone has the right to agree or disagree.

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Wateen Telecom Waived Off Rs. 4800/- to Continue Using Their Service

Posted by 12 February, 2009 (2) Comment

Wateen Print AdI used to use Wateen WiMax when it was launched but then I moved to the Cable DSL and quit using Wateen WiMax. After approximately 1 year or even more, I shifted to another house and Cable DSL was not available in new apartment. I thought,should give another try to Wateen WiMax but did not want to pay the dues which I had to pay for not using the service for long. I called the customer support center and asked if I can re-activate my account without paying the dues (which she told me was Rs. 4800/-). She guided me through the whole procedure and forwarded my ticket to appropriate department. Then I received a call next day from Lahore Wateen Headquarters and they told me that my dues are being waived off and I can use the service for next 20 days for free. Yes, for free because it was settled down in my last month bill.

Wateen LogoOne weird thing I came across. I registered myself with Wateen Telecom for 512 KBPS and Telephony Service (290 Rs. Rent per month). I hardly use Wateen Telephone, so, I asked them to downgrade my Telephony Package to Rs. 90 per month rent. But they said that we are unable to upgrade or downgrade your package at the moment and this facility is not available. Sounds weird? Yes! Well… according to them, they are working on it and hope they will come up with a solution.

This is kind of unusual in Pakistan when a company waives off your charges to continue using their services but I had this good experience with Wateen Telecom. I might be using the service for few more months but not forever, just waiting for PTCL ‘On the Go‘ USB Device.

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Nokia 5220 XpressMusic for Sale -Hungry Edition {Final Demand Just Rs. 10500/-}

Posted by 11 February, 2009 (3) Comment


Nokia 5220 Xpress Music

  • 10 Month (Starlet) Warranty
  • Handsfree
  • Original Charger
  • Micro Memory Card 1 GB
  • Box
  • Data Cable
  • Software CD
  • Condition: Excellent/Like New


Complete Specifications can be found here:

Contact me at: zaheerajk (at) [Remove (at) with @ symbol].

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Paying 5% Extra to Mobile Operators on Every Recharge for NO Reason

Posted by 11 February, 2009 (1) Comment

Illegal 5% Extra by Mobile Operators in Pakistan

While browsing blog, I came through an Open Letter to Chairman PTA Dr. Muhammad Yaseen drawing his attention towards a serious matter regarding the 5% extra deduction by Cellular Companies on recharge.  The letter consists of very valid points. Call me absent minded or whatever but I never noticed, I am paying 36% tax on every recharge (10% Withholding Tax, 21% GST, and 5% so called Withholding Tax). I appreciate someone’s effort to write the letter and representing  approximately half the population of Pakistan.

I hope but not sure that PTA will take any action against this 5% extra deduction on every recharge, this certainly makes no sense.  Please find below the letter (I would suggest the writer to send a hard copy to Chairman PTA, well… there are little to no chances that he would bother to read but still why not give it a try).

Honourable Chairman,
Pakistan Telecommunications Authority

Issue: Charging 5% on Recharge by all Mobile Companies

I would like to take this issue into your kind consideration that for the last few months, to be exact from August 2008, all mobile operators have been charging 5 % extra charges on recharging the balance. I would like to mention following points which are showing that these charges are against all the rules and regulation and make no sense;

  • When all the mobile operators are reducing call rates there is no sense of charging 5 % without giving any reason to the consumer. We still see no further hiring for call centers or network expansion that could really better their service, as they had claimed.
  • In all the businesses and transactions when you are paying any amount to any one, none has to pay penalty for that payment rather relief has been provided to customers throughout the world. Does this 5% extra charges make any sense.
  • After deduction of 31 % taxes (10% with holding tax and 21 % General Sales Tax) all the money goes in to the account of the operators then why this 5 % charges being deducted on recharge. Are they now paying this 5% amount to any powerful personality?
  • We have near 8 crore mobile customers in Pakistan. If we assume that 1 crore of them recharge their account, then it amounts over 100 crore recharge on daily basis. If we calculate 5% this extra deduction, it is estimated that 5 crore are being collected illegally. Why this 5 crore is being looted from innocent customers.

Dear Sir, I would like to make this case a history in the consumer right protection. Your Excellency, it is a matter of make or break. We have to stand up against all the forces which are killing the customer’s right with out any fear and discrimination.

Your decision in this case will be, definitely a wining situation of the consumers and build trust on our system of justice.

Me, and other 90 millions are waiting for your kind decision.

Yours truly,


Letter Source:

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Pakistan’s Richest Man 2008 – Mian Muhammad Mansha Yaha (Net Worth $4.4 Billion)

Posted by 11 February, 2009 (8) Comment

pakistan_mansha1With 40 companies on board and having the ownership of Muslim Commercial Bank, Pakistan, Mansha is headed up to a $17 Million Paper Mill. Nishat Group was country’s 15th richest family in 1970, 6th in 1990 and 1st in 1997. He is making investments in the country as well as outside the boundaries. He also planned to buy United Bank Limited but who doesn’t have opponents. Nishat Group consists of textiles, cement, leasing, insurance and management companies.

  • Name: Mian Muhammad Mansha Yaha
  • Source: 40 companies
  • Net Worth: $4.4 billlion
  • Country Of Citizenship: Pakistan
  • Industry: Investments
  • Marital Status: Married

Mansha had to bear the nationalization in the Bhutto Era but it was than compensated by the Nawaz Government (through Denationalization). Since then there is not one who can stop Mansha. He is still moving ahead.

Nishat Group Assets are $4.4 Billion. He is considered as Pakistan Richest Man but according to his friends, “he doesn’t show-off”.

Other Pakistan’s Billionaires 2008

  • Name: Asif Ali Zardari
  • Source: Industry: Politics
  • Net Worth: $4 billion
  • Country Of Citizenship: Pakistan
  • Industry: Investments
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Name: Sir Anwar Pervaiz
  • Source: Businessman
  • Net Worth: $1.5billion
  • Country Of Citizenship: Pakistan
  • Industry: Investments
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Name: Nawaz Sharif
  • Source: Politics/Businessman
  • Net Worth: $1.4billion
  • Country Of Citizenship: Pakistan
  • Industry: Investments
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Name: Saddaruddin Hashwani
  • Source: Businessman
  • Net Worth: $1.1billion
  • Country Of Citizenship: Pakistan
  • Industry: Investments
  • Marital Status: Married
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@Internet Magazine (Pakistan) Launched Official Website ‘on .info extension’

Posted by 10 February, 2009 (9) Comment

@internet Website

@Internet is an Internet & technology related magazine in Pakistan which was launched in July 1999. @Internet has been successful because of it’s uniqueness and the respect it gives to it’s readers.

Recently, @Internet launched it’s website which is still in its initial stages. I wish @Internet best of luck but being a loyal customer, I am not pleased with the domain extension. I do understand that its an information related magazine but still it was not supposed to be on .info extension. If @Internet is not satisfied with .com extension then go for .tm (Trade Mark)  extension. I don’t think that a Magazine that goes in almost every corner of the country is ‘price conscious’.

Now coming over to the design of website, the website is designed beautifuly and is cozy. I like the 3D guy playing around but agian, the Character is very much common on internet so @Internet should try some new Character instead. All 3D work is done professionally and awesome speacilly the pictures on home page for E-Guide, Reviews, Opinions, and Regular.

I again wish @Internet best of luck for their future endeavors.

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Formulation of Broadband Stakeholders Group – an Initiative by PTA

Posted by 10 February, 2009 (1) Comment


February 6, 2009 Islamabad: PTA has formulated a Broadband Stakeholders Group (BSG) in persistence of different suggestions during Broadband Open Dialogue session. First meeting of said group was held in PTA Headquarters, Islamabad. This meeting was headed by Chairman PTA, Dr. Muhammad Yaseen and representatives from Ministry of Information Technology, Universal Service Funds, Pakistan Software Houses Association, PTA, Broadband Service Providers, Cellular Mobile Operators, Telecom Vendors and Academic Circle partook.

Dr. M. Yaseen highlighted the vision and mission of BSG. He said that the basic purpose of BSC is to improve the co-ordination between various industry players. The participants appreciated the initiative by PTA. After the discussion it was decided that the minimum limit for broadband services will not be less than 256 KBPS and the target set for next three years is 5 million users.

BSG members were briefed about the Broadband Infrastructure, Broadband Content and Application, Take Up, Broadband Policy and Regulation Frameworks and availibility of Broadband services in rural areas. Dr Aamir Mateen was selected as the Chairman of BSG.

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Paying Attention to PostPaid Users – Telenor Launches New Postpaid Packages

Posted by 9 February, 2009 (9) Comment

Telenor Persona Print Ad

Its been a long time I have not seen any package from cellular companies for their postpaid customers specially Telenor. But it seems that Telenor is now giving attention to it’s postpaid customers as well and announced three new packages.

The packages are easy and understandable. One thing I want to mention here that Telenor get itself out of price war this time by offering different services for that price rather then lowering it.

Persona in my honest opinion failed to position itself as a postpaid brand because of it’s wrong positioning strategies in the start but its never too late. Hope to see some improvements (other then price reduction strategy).


Telenor Persona Packages

21% CED tax applies on all Tariffs
10% withholding tax at bill applies

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Get Rid of Thumbs.db Files – Its Easy

Posted by 9 February, 2009 (1) Comment

Often you see thumbs.db files in your folders and usually re-created when you delete them. Actually, Windows creates these files for the arrangement of thumbnails and increase the show-up speed. If you want to get rid of these files, there is very simple solution for it.

  • Go to ‘My Computer’
  • Click on ‘Tools’
  • Click on ‘Folder Options’
  • Go to ‘View’ Tab
  • Scroll down and find ‘Do not cache thumbnails’ and check that
  • Click ‘Ok’

Cache XP Disable

Now these files will not appear in your folders. Search all existing files and delete them. You want find many files if you don’t have much images on your hard disk.

Thumbs.db Search

That’s it. Hope it helps. Thank you

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Store & Share Your Files Online for Free Up to 25 GB with Widows Live SkyDrive

Posted by 8 February, 2009 (2) Comment

Windows Live SkyDrive (Microsoft)

From the name ‘Windows Live SkyDrive’ it seems that Microsoft now want people to learn sky diving but its not so. Windows Live SkyDrive is a part of Microsoft Online Services, Windows Live Family. It’s new version is being launched. Last year Microsoft changed the name of Live SkyDrive from Microsoft Live Folder. Through this service, users were provided with online password-protected file storage facility for free. However, it was just 500 MB those days. According to some users, the storage limit is not that enough. Even Gmail had more then 2 Gigabytes space.

It was expected by the users, that SkyDrive will increase the limit to 2 GB at least. Meanwhile, Microsoft announced that the limit will be increased to 5 GB. But SkyDrive came up with such thing that users were not hoping because now SkyDrive is providing 25 GB free space for File/Folder storage. You can protect these files from others by using password or can share with others by putting the files in Public Folder.

One of the advantages of this service is that if you have a Hotmail account or any of Windows Live Family account, you don’t even need to sign up for SkyDrive. You can use the same username and password and be a part of this service.

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