The state-run telecom operators, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) and Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) launched identical Roaming Freedom plans on Friday, slashing the previous charges by a substantial margin and also offering 300 minutes of free incoming calls.
The new post-paid plan will become operational from June 3. A subscriber will have to make an initial payment of Rs.1250, which includes monthly tariff of Rs.550. Local calls to BSNL mobiles will cost only 40 paise per minute, and calls to other networks will be charged at Re.1 per minute. A similar amount will be charged for STD calls.
Such customers can get free roaming of up to five hours a month on the entire network that includes the whole of the country from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and Dwaraka to Dibrugarh.
The scheme will also be open to all BSNL’s Cellone customers who can avail this facility without any additional charges. Our specially designed Roaming Freedom Plan will provide freedom from roaming charges for Dolphin GSM post-paid customers all over India on BSNL network,
the company’s chairman and managing director A.K. Sinha told a joint press conference with his MTNL counterpart R.S.P. Sinha.
The plan will be an additional benefit to frequent travelers, who roam out of Delhi or Mumbai to BSNL areas.
Reliance communications recently slashed roaming charges by 70%, and unveiled its India Roam Free Plan 990 and India Roam Free Plan 390. Under the plan, Re.1 will be charged for incoming calls after the free calls are exhausted. A similar charge will be applicable on outgoing calls.
It is hoped other private operators will also follow suit.