Videocon has become the first telecom service provider in India which has removed roaming charges on incoming calls across the country. The company which operates its service in seven circles including Punjab, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh East and West, will now offer free incoming on roaming to consumers without any added costs. The free reaming will be valid only on incoming calls, and not on outgoing calls. Users making a call will be charged 1 per minute for local outgoing calls, and 1.5 per minute for an STD outgoing call, while on roaming. Local as well as STD SMS charges under roaming will be 3.45 per SMS. Users accessing the data on roaming will have to pay 10 paise per 10KB of data consumed.
Here is what Arvind Bali, director and CEO, Videocon Mobile Services, has commented on company’s this move:
We aim at being a country free of any physical or geographical boundaries, and in pursuance of the visionary recommendations as underlined in the National Telecom Policy 2012, we reiterate our commitment towards ‘One Nation – Free Roaming’. To extend the benefits of freedom of movement across our network, we have introduced this offering where our subscribers roaming across Videocon Network will stand to benefit from free incoming calls. There are no strings attached to the proposition, no STVs/recharges required.
It is also worth remembering that Government of India has also planned to remove roaming charges completely by the end of October this year under one-nation-one-number policy across the country. It will allow users to retain their numbers even if they move from one circle or zone to another.
In the related news, Videocon in association with Nokia Siemens Networks is also planning to launch 4G LTE network in India by the end of July this year. The 4G LTE network is currently being provided by Airtel, but in some selected cities including Pune, Kolkata, Bangaluru, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula only.