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Phcn Prepaid Meter Help by dablazor: 12:08pm On Aug 16, 2016
Good morning guys,
I have a little query to make concerning the billing system of the phcn prepaid meter which am really unfamiliar with.
I stay in a rented duplex apartment with a single neighbour who stays just downstairs, we share thesame electricity meter(prepaid). His work place is real close to one of the phcn offices in the metropolis so he is always in charge of recharging the meter.
Here is the conundrum, roughly every five or six weeks we both contribute N5,000 each, making N10,000 to procure meter tokens. N10,000 worth of meter tokens always leave us with 413 units (not ballparking it) everytime, sometimes 411, but its always within the plus 3 and minus 3 range, and there is receipt proof for this procurement which he always show me, so mathematically, using this premise, we get about 41.3 units on a thousand Naira.
Now this morning, a co-worker came into my office, luckily he was just returning from the phcn office and i saw his receipt, he procured N1,000 worth of prepaid tokens, and he received 61.15 units, and he claimed he always got this high number of units every month, perhaps 1 or 2 unit less on various occasions but never in the range of 41, not even close! Using his formula, we should be getting nothing less than 600units, and compared with what we are currently getting, that number is too high the discrepancy is too eloquent.
I would have loved to drive downtown to one of the phcn offices to inquire about the discrepancies i just tabled but am kind of worked out and would leave work really late today and this week.
I would like to know if am being cheated by my neighbour (who i really don't chat with, and which is highly unlikely since he always shows me the receipt) or by the prepaid meter token vendors at the phcn offices. Is there a reason my co-worker gets 61units on a thousand while we are getting 41? Or is it generally better to buy N1,000 worth of units at intervals rather than in bulk?
NOTE: There are no outstanding debts on the meter, thanks.

Lalasticlala, seun, pls help me out here
Re: Phcn Prepaid Meter Help by Thelonius: 5:15pm On Jul 31, 2017
dablazor:
Good morning guys,
I have a little query to make concerning the billing system of the phcn prepaid meter which am really unfamiliar with.
I stay in a rented duplex apartment with a single neighbour who stays just downstairs, we share thesame electricity meter(prepaid). His work place is real close to one of the phcn offices in the metropolis so he is always in charge of recharging the meter.
Here is the conundrum, roughly every five or six weeks we both contribute N5,000 each, making N10,000 to procure meter tokens. N10,000 worth of meter tokens always leave us with 413 units (not ballparking it) everytime, sometimes 411, but its always within the plus 3 and minus 3 range, and there is receipt proof for this procurement which he always show me, so mathematically, using this premise, we get about 41.3 units on a thousand Naira.
Now this morning, a co-worker came into my office, luckily he was just returning from the phcn office and i saw his receipt, he procured N1,000 worth of prepaid tokens, and he received 61.15 units, and he claimed he always got this high number of units every month, perhaps 1 or 2 unit less on various occasions but never in the range of 41, not even close! Using his formula, we should be getting nothing less than 600units, and compared with what we are currently getting, that number is too high the discrepancy is too eloquent.
I would have loved to drive downtown to one of the phcn offices to inquire about the discrepancies i just tabled but am kind of worked out and would leave work really late today and this week.
I would like to know if am being cheated by my neighbour (who i really don't chat with, and which is highly unlikely since he always shows me the receipt) or by the prepaid meter token vendors at the phcn offices. Is there a reason my co-worker gets 61units on a thousand while we are getting 41? Or is it generally better to buy N1,000 worth of units at intervals rather than in bulk?
NOTE: There are no outstanding debts on the meter, thanks.

Lalasticlala, seun, pls help me out here

I believe taxation is responsible for the difference. Tax on N1000 seems to be lower than tax on N10,000 divided by ten, though you'd expect that it'll be the same tax amount multiplied by ten (10) for N10,000 token.

I also experienced this.

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