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The Telecom regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) lowers down reduction in nationwide roaming charges. Mobile subscribers were hoping to see barrier free national roaming plans instead the authority comes up with conditional free roaming plans. The new charges will be applied starting July 1st.
" TRAI has reduced ceilings for national roaming calls and SMS and instituted a new regime for providing flexibility to telecom service providers to customise tariffs for national roamers through STVs (Special Tariff Vouchers) and Combo Vouchers," as per the TRAI.
"With increased subscribers and usage, the costs associated with national roaming have declined, but not vanished. There are still real costs incurred in providing the national roaming facility. Mandating a fully free roaming regime is simply not practicable at this juncture. Compelling a transition to a fully free national roaming regime would result in telecom service providers not being able to recover their costs from roamers," as per the TRAI.
Earlier users were charged Rs 1.40 per minute for outgoing local calls and Rs 2.40 per minute for outgoing STD calls on nationwide roaming. Now these caps were reduced Rs 1 per minute and Re 1.50 per minute. On the other hand, incoming calls on nationwide roaming have been reduced from Rs 1.75 per minute to 75 paise per minute. Mobile subscribers will be charged SMS (local) at Rs. 1 per SMS and outgoing SMS (STD) at Rs 1.50 per SMS. While the incoming SMS will remain free of charge.
" TRAI feels that the best way forward is to establish a tariff regime in which roamers self-select themselves out and so minimise the impact on the rest of the subscriber community," The new regime provides reduced ceilings and free roaming facilities for roamers without impacting customers who do not use the roaming facility."