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"Ask for my permission first, thank you"

After imposing new fees on their subscribers, a call for action is being organized against Mobinil, Etisalat and Vodafone via Facebook.
Gehad Hussein | 04.03.2012
After Egypt’s three main mobile operators imposed a monthly stamp duty of LE0.51 on prepaid phone subscribers, some Facebook pages decided to call for a movement entitled: “Ask for my permission first, thank you”.

The call for action proposes that all mobile phones be turned off on the 10th of March from 12pm until 11:30 pm, in solidarity with the “new Egyptian, who won’t be ripped off”.

Etisalat, Mobinil and Vodafone have not yet reacted to the movement’s plan.

According to EFG Hermes, the stamp duty will not benefit the three mobile operators, but the proceeds will go entirely to the government, meaning the Egyptian Tax authority, Ahram Online reported Thursday. Apparently, mobile operators had paid the tax out of their own pockets in the past.

“I completely agree with the call for action, so that the mobile operators know that nothing happens without the permission of the Egyptian people,” a Facebook user writes.

On another note, mobile subscriptions in Egypt have gone up 18 per cent to 83.43 million users in all three companies combined.