3 telecom operators to raise mobile calling and data charges

Telecom operators Bharti Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and Jio announced new plans under which call and data charges will be dearer for its customers on Sunday. The company said in a statement that Airtel's new plans represent tariff increases in the range of a mere 50 paise per day to Rs 2.85 per day and offer generous data and calling benefits. These tariffs will be applicable from Tuesday, December 3, 2019. 

Unlimited Category

It has announced new plans in the "unlimited" category with 2 days, 28 days, 84 days, 365 days validity, which on the back of the envelope calculations show the higher price of up to 41.14 percent. Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea customers will have to pay a minimum of Rs 49 to stay connected for about a month after December 3.

Like Vodafone Idea, Bharti Airtel has also capped outgoing calls that can be made on to the network of other telecom operators to 1,000 minutes in case of plans with 28 days validity, 3,000 in 84 days’ validity plans and 12,000 in 365 day’s validity plan. Beyond this limit, the customer will need to pay 6 paise per minute for outgoing calls. The highest rate increase of 41.14 percent has been announced by the company in an annual unlimited category plan which will cost Rs 2,398 instead of 1,699 at present.

The starting plan with a data offering of 1.5 Gb per day with 84 days validity in the "unlimited" category will cost around 31 percent more at Rs 598 compared to Rs 458 at present. The company will raise the price of Rs 199 unlimited plan, which offers 1.5 Gb data per day, by about 25 percent to Rs 248.

Jio Mobile calling and data charges to go up by 40% from Dec 6

Reliance Jio on Sunday said it will launch new unlimited plans from December 6, which will raise its voice and data tariff by up to 40 percent.

The Mukesh Ambani led company, however, said that customers will get up to 300 percent more benefits under the new plans and it will offer fair usage policy for outgoing calls from its subscribers on the network of other telecom operators.

"Jio will be introducing new all-in-one plans with unlimited voice and data. These plans will have a fair usage policy for calls to other mobile networks. The new plans will be effective from 6th December 2019," the company said in a statement.

Jio said it will continue to work with the government on the consultation process for the revision of telecom tariffs and looks forward to participation from all other stakeholders. The move from the three companies follows the Supreme Court judgment on adjusted gross revenue.

The government is currently not considering any proposal on waiver of penalties and interest on outstanding license fees based on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), or on extending the timelines for telecom companies to pay up their statutory dues. 

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