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Roaming to cost less from today

india Updated: Feb 15, 2007 01:54 IST

THE EFFECTS of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) slashing tariffs by a whopping 55 per cent and abolishing roaming rentals could well be seen from February 15 in the State, as government-owned telecom major Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) and private major Airtel both have announced reducing of roaming call rates.

According to the BSNL’s chief general manager R P Hans, the new roaming tariff would be applicable on all the pre-paid plans including the lifetime plan ‘Anant’ from February 15.

As per the revised tariff released by the BSNL on Wednesday, the roaming charge in the license service area for making a local call would be Rs 1.40 per minute, instead of the previous one of Rs 1.50.

During roaming, the incoming calls would cost Rs 1.75 per minute, instead of Rs 2. However, during roaming, the STD tariff would continue to remain the same at Rs 2.40 per minute. 

Similarly, under the post-paid plans, during roaming the rate of outgoing calls would be similar to the pre-paid ones. The tariff of incoming calls has also been reduced. No activation charge would be taken for availing the roaming facility for the Anant subscribers.

“At present, BSNL’s subscribers are beneficial in terms of roaming tariffs in comparison to other service providers and we take no activation charge,” said Hans.          

As per Airtel’s new roaming call rates, its subscribers, like BSNL would not have to pay rental to avail roaming facility within the country, as moving out of the circle would get automatically activated.

According to an Airtel release, the new tariff plan envisages 50 per cent reduction in both incoming and outgoing call rates. All intra-circle (local) calls to mobile as well as to fixed lines can now be made at uniform rate of Rs 1.40, unlike in the past.

The inter-circle (STD) calls will also remain same irrespective of distance, which is fixed at Rs 2.40. Similarly, on roaming all incoming call charges will be Rs 1.75.

Earlier, Airtel’s pre-paid customers had to pay Rs 49 as roaming rental, which has now been relaxed. “Our new reduced roaming call rates will provide great ease to all our customers, who have to travel a lot across the country,” said Bharti Airtel Limited’s COO, Sunil K Goyal.