3G SIM prices drop in Myanmar

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MPTMyanmar has confirmed that heart-wrenchingly expensive 3G SIM cards will be reduced to a mere couple of thousand kyats, marking an approximate 10-fold drop from current retail prices.

Minister Soe Thei of the Presidential Office of Myanmar has reportedly said that SIM cards in Myanmar will be sold for less than 20,000 kyat ($23) by this coming April, Eleven Myanmar, a news portal run by Thailand’s The Nation, recently uncovered.

President’s spokesperson Ye Htut further confirmed that GSM SIM cards, which were last sold at about $220 to $230, would significantly drop in price.

Currently, the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Department (MPT) has suspended the sale of SIMs after failing to reduce prices in January as previously reported.

MPT first reduced the price of 3G SIM cards from 1.5 million kyats ($1697) to 500,000 kyats ($566) in February 2011 and then to 200,000 kyats ($226) in April of last year, data collected by Thura-Swiss, a Myanmar-based consultancy, shows.

3G SIM cards have already purportedly become available online for the new retail price of $23, but these claims remain unconfirmed.

There is no specific data plan available in Myanmar yet. Instead, users register for a flat rate.

Regular users of data services in Myanmar report that on average monthly bills come out to $40. For visitors who are not interested in using data, there are also SIM cards for simple calling plans.

 

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Myanmar has confirmed that heart-wrenchingly expensive 3G SIM cards will be reduced to a mere couple of thousand kyats, marking an approximate 10-fold drop from current retail prices. Minister Soe Thei of the Presidential Office of Myanmar has reportedly said that SIM cards in Myanmar will be sold for less than 20,000 kyat ($23) by this coming April, Eleven Myanmar, a news portal run by Thailand’s The Nation, recently uncovered. President's spokesperson Ye Htut further confirmed that GSM SIM cards, which were last sold at about $220 to $230, would significantly drop in price. Currently, the state-owned Myanmar Posts and...

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MPTMyanmar has confirmed that heart-wrenchingly expensive 3G SIM cards will be reduced to a mere couple of thousand kyats, marking an approximate 10-fold drop from current retail prices.

Minister Soe Thei of the Presidential Office of Myanmar has reportedly said that SIM cards in Myanmar will be sold for less than 20,000 kyat ($23) by this coming April, Eleven Myanmar, a news portal run by Thailand’s The Nation, recently uncovered.

President’s spokesperson Ye Htut further confirmed that GSM SIM cards, which were last sold at about $220 to $230, would significantly drop in price.

Currently, the state-owned Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications Department (MPT) has suspended the sale of SIMs after failing to reduce prices in January as previously reported.

MPT first reduced the price of 3G SIM cards from 1.5 million kyats ($1697) to 500,000 kyats ($566) in February 2011 and then to 200,000 kyats ($226) in April of last year, data collected by Thura-Swiss, a Myanmar-based consultancy, shows.

3G SIM cards have already purportedly become available online for the new retail price of $23, but these claims remain unconfirmed.

There is no specific data plan available in Myanmar yet. Instead, users register for a flat rate.

Regular users of data services in Myanmar report that on average monthly bills come out to $40. For visitors who are not interested in using data, there are also SIM cards for simple calling plans.

 

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