NT$499 unlimited 4G mania grips Taiwan

12-May-2018 Intellasia | Taiwan News | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Taiwan is in the grips of frenzied buying of an unlimited 4G plan for NT$499

Long lines are snaking about mobile phone service providers across Taiwan after Chunghwa Telecom launched a Mother’s Day special offering unlimited 4G for NT$499 (US$16) per month yesterday (May 9).

Yesterday (May 9) Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) announced a Mother’s Day special offering unlimited 4G internet for low price of NT$499 per month. As the offer is only in effect from May 9 to May 15, many Taiwanese leaped into action to grab the special deal.

Today, long lines are being spotted at mobile service dealers across Taiwan. A user of the Facebook group Breaking News Commune (????) around noon today posted a photo of customers lined up around the block in front of a Chunghwa Telecom store in Yilan County.

The Facebook user said that a long line had formed in front of the store well before the doors had open. Meanwhile, netisens in Taipei, New Taipei City, and Kaohsiung have all reported similar scenes at CHT branches, with a store in New Taipei City’s Banqiao District seeing over 300 customers by 10 a.m., according to Apple Daily, while a PTT user reported a store in Taipei’s Shilin District staying open until 12:03 a.m. this morning. In an effort to reduce the long lines, CHT today said that it has added manpower.

The offer includes the following features and terms:

30 month contract

NT$499 per month

Unlimited internet

Free calls within the CHT network

180 minutes of free calls outside of CHT network

Alternatively, for NT$299 customers can receive 12GB per month in internet usage, the first 5 minutes of a call within the network for free and 70 minutes of free calls in and outside the network and to landlines.

Within two hours of announcing the Mother’s Day special, CHT’s competitors Taiwan Mobile Co. (?????) and Far EasTone Telecommunications Co. (??) announced similar deals.

Taiwan Mobile announced a NT$499 special that also includes unlimited internet, and 180 minutes of free calls in and outside the network and to landlines, which will also be in effect from May 9 to May 15.

Far EasTone also announced NT$299 and NT$499 specials starting on May 9 that were similar to the offers provided by CHT and Taiwan Mobile.

Netisens ridiculed the frenzy over the 4G special:

“It won’t be long before there is an NT$99 special.”

“I thought it was a line at Costco.”

“Next month, it will be NT$399 and they’re throw in a free TV, electric fan and fridge.”

Another netisen joked that people are not longer asking each other “Have you eaten yet?” Instead, they ask “Have you 499 yet?”



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