dglobalnews.com Airtel may bring back happy days for roaming; may drop charges completely
Published: Tue, February 28, 2017
Tech | By Arthur Brown

Airtel may bring back happy days for roaming; may drop charges completely

Post the exhaustion of packs, the call rates will be once again back to usual - which Airtel has slashed to Rs 3 per minute as the starting rate and Rs 3 per MB data for data charges.

Mukesh Ambani last week announced that Jio will begin charging for data services from April but will give steep discounts for a year to over 100 million customers who have come on board within six months of its launch. Similarly, customers traveling to Singapore will be moved to one day pack when they touch Rs. 499. "The bill shocks are creating a lot of dishonest in the minds of customers". Now, Airtel has announced that even for those customers who are on global roaming but do not have any pack or scheme, depending on their daily usage, they would be automatically switched to the best possible pack to help them avoid extra spends.

Mittal said "90 per cent of people turn off their data when they travel", including himself, and wait until they can find wi-fi in their hotel or buy local prepaid SIM cards to avoid stiff charges.

"Airtel customers roaming within India will enjoy free incoming calls/SMS and there will be no premium on outgoing calls allowing them to speak freely wherever they are within the country", Bharti Airtel said in a statement. With Airtel following the same path, the entire network of the country will function as a local network.

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Keeping the competition alive, in a major announcement, Bharti Airtel said that all roaming charges for outgoing and incoming calls as well as SMSes and data usage within India will be removed. Additional charges will not be realised on mobile data as well.

Airtel subscribers could also opt for the one-time pack of Rs 79, which provided free incoming calls on roaming for 30 days.

Reliance Jio, which will start charging regular tariffs from April 1, too, does not levy any national roaming charges on use of its mobile services anywhere in the country outside the home circle. Data charges while on roaming will stay the same with one data pack valid across the entire country.

Early on a year ago, another operator Vodafone had also announced free incoming calls on national roaming.

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