Following the footsteps of rivals like Airtel, Videocon, Idea and Vodafone, state-run telecom operator BSNL has also launched special plans offering customers free incoming calls and cheaper rates for outgoing calls and SMS while roaming in the country.

Other mobile operators have announced such schemes in order to comply with directions by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India last month to give consumers the option of discounted roaming plans.

The operator has introduced two special tariff vouchers for roaming wherein customers will get unlimited free incoming calls for INR Rs. 5/day and INR Rs.69 for 30 days. Outgoing local and national calls will be charged at 1.5 paise/second.

In addition, BSNL has launched two Roaming Tariff Plans (RTP) for post-paid customers for INR Rs.145 and INR Rs. 25 which come with services such as free calls and SMS. It has also launched RTPs for INR Rs.149 and INR Rs. 25, which include free unlimited incoming calls for a month.

For pre-paid customers, BSNL has announced an Roaming Tariff Plans for INR Rs.405 and free roaming RTP for INR Rs.705.