[Life] The 499 telecommunication tariff makes people go crazy in Taiwan

Many Taiwanese people jump on the bandwagon after Chunghwa Telecom, the leader of telecom operator in Taiwan, announced a “Mothers’ Day Promotion”, a $499 per month post-paid telecom tariff with unlimited 4G data service and a $299 per month tariff with 12GB data service, on May 8th. Many people take the number before they go to work and go back to the counter after getting off the work. Why those people are eager to sign the tariff ? There are mainly two reasons .

First of all, more and more people use the 4G data service rather than voice service to communicate to each other nowadays. The applications like Facebook messenger, Line and Facetime provide an easy way to chat with friends. For those friends or family live oversea, we will not need to pay the expensive international roaming fee. Secondly, the plan is simply so economic for the unlimited 4G data service. For the regular tariff, prople need to sign a $1199 contract (大4G單門號方案) to have unlimited 4G data service (see the table below, from Chunghwa Telecom website). For those who only use the data service but few voice service, this tariff save half of the fee each month. Although the tariff seems so favorable, it may not fit some peoples need. One one hand, those occupations which heavily use the voice service like secretary because the inter-network thereafer charge is twice ($3/min) compare to the regular tariff ($3/min). On the other hand, those who just renew the contract or have discount when having new phone will face a large default fine. Choose the best plan for yourself rather than be the follower!
* The currency is NTD.
Table : The regular post-paid 4G plan
單門號
月繳金額
199元
299元
399元
599元
799元
999元
1199元
1399元
1599元
1799元
2699元
免費
行動
上網量
500MB
1GB
4GB
7GB
11GB
18GB
4G上網吃到飽
免費
CHT
Wi-Fi
上網
超過55,000個Wi-Fi熱點無限用
The promotion plan:
For more information, please refer to https://eshop.cht.com.tw/home/Campaign/big4g/single.html

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