New Delhi, Mar 22 (): Videocon Mobile Services, one of the leading mobile operators of India has made incoming calls free while on roaming. This will come into immediate effect and the customers will not be charged any special tariff or any processing charges.
The cabinet passed one-nation-one-number under its National Telecom Policy and from October, roaming charges will be scrapped as promised by the government. As a part of government norms, Videocon abolishes roaming charges with immediate effect.
Recently Kapil Sibal, the telecom minister said that free roaming would be in place by October 2013. He also said, “TRAI has floated a consultation paper on it (national free roaming). So when TRAI’s recommendations come into effect, we will try to start free roaming before October.” It was proposed to stop roaming charges from March earlier but has been postponed to October this year.
Arvind Bali CEO Videocon Mobile Services said, “We reiterate our commitment towards ‘One Nation – Free Roaming’, to extend the benefits to our subscribers roaming across Videocon Network and will stand to benefit from free incoming calls”. The free roaming facility will be available to Videocon customers roaming in Videocon’s own network.
The subscriber who is on a roaming network will be charged Re.1 per minute for local outgoing calls, and Rs. 1.5 per minute for an STD outgoing call. However, the local as well as STD SMS charges under roaming will be Rs. 3.45 per SMS. Users have to pay 10 paisa for each 10 KB consumed for data while roaming.
By this free roaming charges policy, leading telecom service providers are expected a revenue loss of 400 million dollars, according to experts.
Earlier in January, Airtel had announced free roaming for its prepaid users in Delhi. By this announcement, Airtel customers from Delhi can enjoy free incoming calls in five states -Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand Uttrakhand, Bihar and West Bengal.