Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Mobile calls, data to get expensive from December 3

Mobile calls, data to get expensive from December 3

Previously, Vodafone Idea had announced that starting December, the company would hike tariffs in order to survive financial stress following the recent Supreme AGR's ruling.

Vodafone Idea announced a maximum increase of 50% in its unlimited plan with a year-long validity, the new plan will cost ₹1,499 instead of 999 and will have data usage limit of 12 GB instead of 24 GB.

These new plans are estimated to be costlier by upto 42% compared to earlier packs.

"Vodafone Idea Limited (VIL), India's leading telecom service provider, today announced new tariffs/plans for its prepaid products and services".

In a statement, Shashwat Sharma, Chief Marketing Officer, Bharti Airtel said, "Our new mobile plans offer tremendous value to our customers and are backed by a superior network experience on Airtel's nationwide 4G network". It has announced new plans in "unlimited " category with 2 days, 28 days, 84 days, 365 days validity, which on the back of the envelope calculations show higher price of up to 41.14 percent. It features unlimited off-net voice call, daily 2 GB highspeed data and 100 SMS, valid for 28 days.

Vodafone Idea is offering two combo recharge vouchers available at Rs 49 and Rs 79.

Although, the new All-In-One plans will be priced up to 40 per cent higher, staying true to its promise of being customer-first, Jio customers will get up to 300 per cent more benefits, ' Jio said.

The Rs 249 worth pack which offered unlimited calls, 100 SMS and 2GB data per day would cost Rs 298, said the statement. "The fact that the three leading players have chose to go in for a hike will ensure that the tariffs remain on the higher side from existing levels", he said.

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₹699: Unlimited voice calls (FUP of 3000 minutes for off-net calls), 2 GB data per day, 100 SMS per day.

Further, there is also Rs. 2,399 pack which comes with 12,000 minutes of off-net calls, 1.5GB of daily data, 100 SMSes per day, and 365-days validity. Users will be charged at 6 paise per minute post FUP.

Rs 19 plan, for instance, will give validity of 2 days, and 150MB of data.

The move from the companies follows the Supreme Court judgement on adjusted gross revenue.

According to reports, the telecom sector is under a debt of Rs 7.88 lakh crore as per data released by the Parliament last month.

A company official explained all the existing plans in unlimited category will be replaced by the new plans from December 3 and new plans will be introduced or revised based on market response.

The government is now not considering any proposal on waiver of penalties and interest on outstanding licence fee based on adjusted gross revenue (AGR), or on extending the timelines for telecom companies to pay up their statutory dues. Just like Reliance Jio, Airtel is also including a fair-usage-policy on unlimited calling from Airtel to other networks. "Jio will continue to work with the government on the consultation process for revision of telecom tariffs and looks forward to participation from all other stakeholders", the carrier added in its statement.

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