Advertising Regulatory Board rules against Melon Mobile for advertising uncapped packages that aren't uncapped

SO basically to get around the ARB idiocy they just need to limit all calls after the FUP is reached to between 3 and 4am. Melon Mobile can pay me my makate billion dollars now.

On a serious note I'm not sure why there needs to be this uncapped/unlimited idiocy in the first place.
 
@Daniel Puchert

MTN Home needs to be looked at as well with their LTE packages. After their "FUP threshold" (in reality a softcap) , for instance their "uncapped" 10Mbps and 20Mbps packages drop to a ridiculous 500Kbps for the remainder of the month!
(This is planned from July onwards, the current drop that changed earlier in the year is down to 1Mbps.)

Pity, otherwise a good service.
 
@Daniel Puchert

MTN Home needs to be looked at as well with their LTE packages. After their "FUP threshold" (in reality a softcap) , for instance their "uncapped" 10Mbps and 20Mbps packages drop to a ridiculous 500Kbps for the remainder of the month!
(This is planned from July onwards, the current drop that changed earlier in the year is down to 1Mbps.)

Pity, otherwise a good service.
All uncapped mobile network based service has an FUP attached. It is to curb abuse, there is always 1 clown that will abuse the service. Remember the mobile network provider needs to manage their infrastructure to give all the users connected to the tower a fair service. If uncapped packages put strain on the network then all people connected to that tower will be complaining to the operator.
 
All uncapped mobile network based service has an FUP attached.
Really? If so, this is still going tooo far - 500Kbps?!?!

It is to curb abuse, there is always 1 clown that will abuse the service. Remember the mobile network provider needs to manage their infrastructure to give all the users connected to the tower a fair service. If uncapped packages put strain on the network then all people connected to that tower will be complaining to the operator.
Just an excuse they use. Remember, most of the month there's none of this sort of "method" to limit the tower's usage.

What absolute bull.
If you marked unlimited, how can you have an FUP?
That's like me marketing a 3.0 Hilux to you while actually supplying a 2.6 and claiming it was in the fine print.
ASA needs to ban this kind of marketing.
Exactly :thumbsup:
 
It’s important to note that Melon Mobile has changed the wording on its products from “uncapped” to “unlimited”.

They then have 'Unlimited' and FUP Limit for the same product.

:ROFL:



Melon Mobile Unlimited FUP
PlanAllocationFUP limitsPrice
Melon Unlimited 5GB5GB data; unlimited minutes; unlimited SMSes750 minutes; 750 SMSesR199
 
All uncapped mobile network based service has an FUP attached. It is to curb abuse, there is always 1 clown that will abuse the service. Remember the mobile network provider needs to manage their infrastructure to give all the users connected to the tower a fair service. If uncapped packages put strain on the network then all people connected to that tower will be complaining to the operator.
FUPs are idiotic. What use is 500kbps? We have moved on from the days of GPRS and all networks should be able to handle at least a few Mbps. Also why keep treating this night bandwidth as a scarce resource when it could be practically free or 10 times your bundle size?

There are also other ways to treat network congestion by giving priority data instead of throttling someone. The technology is there but not used because of poor network management and trying to keep the ruse.

Now pay me the Makate millions for this idea, or at least a house.
 
Screw the toothless ARB. Get the National Consumer Commission on the matter. Companies doing this need a proper walloping.
 
Uncapped has had a genuine meaning in the past.
Let's call a spade a spade - these guys are penalising anyone on the usage edge who doesn't decide to upgrade to the next level.

In our case, when we joined MTN a few months ago we had a healthy-enough for us (doesn't make it right though) 5Mbps penalty drop-to speed.
As they've likely since captured much of the market with this & similar otherwise really *great deals for the net, they're the ones abusing now.


(*Deal is comparatively inexpensive, includes a free-to-use modem-router, and doesn't require a contract.)
 
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