Netel Technology (Holdings) Ltd.
Flat C, 9/F Max Share Centre,
373 King's Road,
North Point, Hong Kong.
+852 2907 3777
+852 2510 0266
Prepaid Telephone Cards
The company's prepaid telephone card is a disposable long distance telephone card offered in denominations of HK$50 and HK$100. It is a convenient alternative calling option that allows a customer to pay in advance and obtain easy access to long distance telephone services. Available at selected outlets or through authorized dealers in Hong Kong, the company's prepaid telephone cards can be used immediately from any telephone, regardless of the network carrier.
The company first launched its prepaid telephone cards in 1999. Although the customer would place a call in a normal fashion, the company's prepaid telephone card has a technological niche over its conventional counterpart. Whilst the conventional telephone card is capable of being used only over PSTN platforms, the company takes advantage of its prepaid telephone cards platform that combines traditional long distance product with a high-tech internet telephony international termination platform. The company's prepaid telephone cards platform has been designed as PSTN switch with VoIP functions, and enables the Group to provide a robust, reliable and quick prepaid product. Its architecture includes a backbone switching mechanism that offers an integration of circuit-switched and packet-switched networks, and automatically detects and adopts the best routing available having regard to routing costs, connection stability and QoS. With the simultaneous use of VoIP and PSTN switching, the company is able to achieve lower routing costs through the VoIP functionality whilst retaining relatively stable connections and QoS offered by the PSTN platform.
The company offers a variety of brands of prepaid telephone cards, the first of which was the "Pacific 1636" branded telephone cards being offered in 1999, and as at 31 May 2002, there were 65 brands being offered. These can be broadly categorized into two types, namely country-specific cards and premium cards.
Country-specific cards, although they allow the customer to place a call to any destination, offer particularly competitive rates for calls made to destinations within that specific country. These cards are marketed principally reference to the ethnic origins of the company's customers, as well as other customers who have recurring needs to make long distance telephone calls to a specific country. Currently the company's country-specific cards cover the PRC, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Thailand, under the brand names of, among others, "Pacific 1636".
The company had also marketed several premium cards imprinted with photographs of prominent persons such as Bruce Lee, Lam Sum Yu and Rico Yan. The company had entered into licensing arrangements with the relevant proprietary owners for the use of their images on the premium cards. These telephone cards target customers who are more receptive to pay for collector items.