Jio consumers will have to pay six paise/min : In a first, country’s biggest telecom operator Reliance Jio today announced that its customers.
Will now Jio consumers will have to pay six paise/min for voice calls made to rival phone networks. However, the organisation also stated that it would reimburse customers by giving free data of equal value.
The six paisa charge will continue in place till the time telecom operators are asked to pay rivals for mobile phone calls, Jio stated in a statement.
The company announced for all the outgoing calls to other mobile operators, Jio users will have to buy a new IUC top-up voucher from tomorrow. Post-paid customers will also be charged at six paise per minute for outgoing calls with an increase in free data entitlement. This will be the 1st time that Jio users will pay for voice calls.
Jio, however, said these charges are not appropriate on calls made by Jio users to other Jio phones.
And to landline phones and calls made utilising WhatsApp, FaceTime and other such programs. Incoming-calls from all networks will continue to be free.
Justifying the new charges, Jio said it had paid nearly Rs 13,500 crore as IUC charges to the rivals such as Bharti AirtelNSE 5.23 % and Vodafone Idea. In the last three years. The company said it has decided to charge customers to recover the IUC losses.
Additionally, Jio said it would ensure priority allocation of the JioPhone to frequently called 2G users from our Jio consumers.
Jio will provide new data entitlement of equal value based on IUC top-up voucher using. This will guarantee no increase in tariff for customers.
Jio will provide new data entitlement of equal value based on IUC top-up voucher using. This will ensure no rise in tariff for customers.
Currently, Jio charges only for data, voice calls to everywhere in the country and any network are free.
Telecom regulator TRAI in 2017 had severed the inter-connect usage charge (IUC) to 6 paise per minute from 14 paise and had told this regime would end by January 2020. But it has now drifted a discussion paper to review whether the regime timeline needs to extend.