According to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), starting at 12:01 A.M. of December 6, 2009, a new call rate scheme called “six seconds regime” will take effect. This means that a call will now be charge at a minimum of six (6) seconds instead of the previous per minute charging. The six seconds regime is the answer to the clamor of the public regarding drop calls and unfair practice by the different telecommunications company that includes SMART, GLOBE, and SUN. Initially, the six seconds regime will take effect for same network calls only. Six seconds regime will be fully implemented network wide on December 16, 2009. This means that the previous P6.50 per minute call will now be charge P0.65 per six seconds. This is indeed a breakthrough and a welcome development for a lot of consumers who have tight budgets. The six seconds regime has been the product of the series of public consultations done by the Senate in cooperation with the NTC, and the three major telcos-Smart, Globe and Sun.