To give some benefit to mobile phone subscribers, the telecom regulator has reduced tariff ceiling for national roaming calls and messages and has mandated telecom service providers (TSPs) to offer a special roaming tariff plan, an official said in New Delhi.
These changes will come into effect from May 1 next.
“All subscribers will benefit from the reduced ceilings… competitive pricing below the new ceiling levels is expected,” the regulator said in a statement.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has set the ceiling for outgoing local calls while roaming at Rs 0.80 per minute from Re 1 while it reduced the calling rate to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.50 a minute for STD calls (inter-circle).
Incoming calls on roaming will be charged at the most Rs 0.45 per minute – from Rs 0.75 charged earlier – while a maximum of Rs 0.25 per SMS will be charged for a local SMS sent compared to Re 1 charged earlier while on roaming. The STD SMS while on national roaming will cost Rs 0.38 per SMS – down from Rs 1.50.
The new tariff structure will reduce call charges while nationally roaming by 20 percent and messaging charges by 75 percent.