TRAI has reduced ceiling tariffs for national roaming calls and SMS and has mandated telecom service providers (TSPs) to offer a special roaming tariff plan to its pre-paid and post-paid subscribers. In Special Roaming Tariff Plan, incoming voice calls while on national roaming shall be free, on payment of fixed charge, if any. These changes will come into effect from the 1st May, 2015.
Now mobile phone calling and SMS charges will drop by 20% and 75% respectively, when user travel outside home circles. On roaming, TRAI set ceiling for outgoing local calls at 80 paise a minute down from Rs. 1 a minute and reduced the calling rate to Rs 1.15 per minute from Rs 1.50 a minute for long distance or STD, calls.
The Authority issued a Draft Telecommunication Tariff (60th Amendment) Order, 2015 on 27.02.2015 for comments of the stakeholders. After examining the comments of the stakeholders and further analysis, the Authority has revised the ceiling tariffs for voice calls and SMS while on national roaming as below.
”All subscribers will benefit from the reduced ceilings; competitive pricing below the new ceiling levels is expected.” TRAI said.