Following TRAI’s guidelines country’s largest telecom operator- Airtel has announced huge reductions in its roaming tariff. Along with Airtel, Reliance and BSNL also announced the new reduced roaming rates which would be applicable to their subscribers, starting today.
Reduction in the roaming tariff was long overdue and thanks to TRAI for making all telecom operators follow its guidelines. Others operators like Aircel, TATA DoCoMo, Idea, Vodafone, Uninor, etc should also comply to these guidelines from today, though there is still no official confirmation about the same.
Now, as this is the basic reduction in roaming tariff, it would be applicable to all existing roaming packs and plans without any change in subscription cost and plan benefits. For e.g. RCom’s One India One Rate plan subscribers would be able to enjoy free incoming calls while roaming with same validity but would be able to make outgoing calls at the revised rates.
The New Roaming Tariff
The new revised roaming tariff would be applicable to both prepaid and postpaid subscribers at the following rates:
Incoming Calls- All incoming calls while roaming which used to cost Rs. 0.75/min would now cost Rs. 0.45/min.
Outgoing Local & National Calls- All national calls which used to cost Rs. 1.5/min would costs Rs. 1.15/min while calls made to a local number would now cost Rs. 0.8/min as compared to Rs. 1/min previously.
Local & National SMS- All operators have cut SMS rates while roaming by a significant 75%. Sending a local SMS while roaming which used to cost Rs. 1/SMS would now cost Rs. 0.25/SMS. Sending a national SMS will also cost as low Rs. 0.38/SMS in contrast to the previous rate of Rs. 1.5/SMS.
However, please bear in mind that these reduced SMS rates would be applicable only on roaming. This means that there would be no change in SMS rates while on home networks. On a positive note, these reduced calling and SMS rates would be valid on all networks while roaming.
Do you think that such a reduction in roaming packs would account for a significant increase in usage while in non-home networks?