Reliance Jio Will Charge You 6 Paise Per Minute For Outgoing Calls To Non-Jio Numbers

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There has been an ongoing debate regarding the IUC (Interconnect Usage Charge) for quite some time. Lately, Airtel and Reliance Jio reduced the outgoing calls' ring time to 20 seconds. While the outcome of the same is yet to be revealed by TRAI and will take some time, Jio has made a move to offset losses due to IUC.

Reliance Jio Will Charge You For Outgoing Calls To Non-Jio Numbers

 

In a recent development, Jio just announced that it will charge subscribers for levying IUC charges on outgoing calls to other networks. As of now, TRAI has set an IUC charge of 6 paise per minute. The telecom operator will pass this expense to the customers if they make outgoing calls to other networks. Also, WhatsApp calls and incoming calls remain unmodified.

Back in 2017, TRAI dropped the IUC charges to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise per minute. Also, the telecom regulator wanted to abolish the same by January 2020.

For the uninitiated, IUC or Interconnect Usage Charge is an amount that a telco to pay to the other operator if a customer places an outgoing call to a customer of the other telco. The IUC charge will be fixed by TRAI and all operators should pay 6 paise per minute.

What It Means To Users

To put in simple words, subscribers of Reliance Jio will be charged 6 paise per minute while making outgoing calls to other networks such as Vodafone-Idea and Airtel. However, the Jio to Jio calls will be free and users need not pay this additional charge of 6 paise per minute. Notably, this new move will come to effect on October 10.

New Jio IUC Plans

Jio has also come up with a slew of IUC top-up plans to provide extra data benefits for its subscribers. With the Rs. 10 IUC plan, it will offer 124 minutes of IUC minutes to non-Jio calls along with 1GB of data. The Rs. 20 IUC top-up plan will offer 249 minutes of IUC minutes and 2GB data. Likewise, Rs. 50 plan offers 656 minutes and 5GB data. With the Rs. 100 IUC plan, users will get 1,362 IUC minutes to non-Jio numbers and 10GB data.

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