Philippines to have Flag Down Rate on Cellphones

NTC rolled out a memorandum that instead of per minute charging, post-paid and prepaid calls will have a per six-second charging. But the first two six-second intervals of the call will be more expensive to recover the cost of connecting the call.

The ruling will take effect 15 days after it has been published in major papers, with phone firms required to comply within 120 days.

This can be a massive win for the subscribers depending on what the rate of the first two pulses (six-second intervals) will be. Other countries are doing something similar by charging call connection fees whereas a call is automatically charged a fee when the called party answers the call. That call connection fee is separate from their per-minute (or per-second) charge.