BEIRUT: Caretaker Telecommunications Minister Mohammad Choucair announced official prices for mobile phone recharge cards, which will be sold to distributors in Lebanese pounds, and in line with the official dollar exchange rate, in a statement released on Monday.
The statement instructed the two state-owned telecoms service providers MTC touch and Alfa to sell the recharge cards at the prices listed by the ministry, starting Tuesday.
It also called on the economy ministry and its Consumer Protection Directorate to monitor and hold accountable those who violate this decision.
According to the statement, Choucair has been working on this issue since last week, in a bid to control the market and to safeguard consumer rights.
Some shops have recently been hiking up the prices of mobile phone recharge cards, amid a dollar shortage in the country.
“This decision does not contradict any contractual agreements made with the two telecom companies,” said the statement, adding that it gives the government sole authority on changing the prices of recharge cards.
Citizens can buy recharge cards at the set prices from any of the 300 stores affiliated to Alfa and Touch across Lebanon, said the statement.
Consumers can also recharge their lines through the official websites www.alfa.com.lb and www.touch.com.lb, via ATMs or the official applications of the two companies.
The statement says that the recharge cards are in US dollars. If sold in Lebanese pounds, the prices should be in line with the formal exchange rate set by the Central Bank.
The prices were listed as follows:
USD + VAT/LL
USD + VAT/LL