We first heard that the government would be implementing free roaming policy in the country, back in 2012. The policy, which was suppose to be effective from March onwards, has been postponed to October. Looks like videocon don't want to wait till the service becomes mandatory, they have announced that the incoming calls, from now on will be free, when on roaming.
However, the facility will only be available you are roaming in Videocon's own network. Let's have a look at the revised tariffs.
Incoming call while on roaming will be Free
Outgoing calls for local will be charged at Rs. 1 per minute
Outgoing calls for STD will be charged at Rs. 1 per minute
Outgoing SMS for local and national will be charged at Rs. 3.45 per SMS
Outgoing SMS for International will be charged at Rs. 5 per SMS
Data service will be charged at 10p per 10kb
Arvind Bali, director and chief executive officer, Videocon Mobile Services said, "We aim at being a country free of any physical or geographical boundaries, and in pursuance of the visionary recommendations as underlined in the National Telecom Policy 2012, we reiterate our commitment towards 'One Nation - Free Roaming'. To extend the benefits of freedom of movement across our Network, we have introduced this offering where our subscribers roaming across Videocon Network will stand to benefit from free incoming calls. There are no strings attached to the proposition, no STVs/recharges required. This is yet another 'Industry first' by Videocon and we are committed to our mantra of providing something "Extra" to our customers always."
The new facility to be enabled automatically and will not require subscribers to pay any processing fee or opt for special tariffs.