Indian Telcos Reduce Roaming and SMS Rates


India’s largest telecom operators, Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, RCOM, Tata DoCoMo and Videocon have announced reduction in their roaming charges, as a result of an order issued by TRAI, India’s telecom watchdog.

It is estimated that now, the customers will pay about 40 per cent less for roaming calls.

Tata Docomo reduces national roaming tariffs for its customers 

Tata Docomo customers will now pay less for both local and STD calls on National Roaming. On roaming, for all outgoing local calls, now the customer has to pay 80 paise/minute from the earlier Rs 1/min, and for STD calls it is Rs 1.15/min from earlier Rs 1.5/min. For incoming calls on roaming, the customer will be charged 45 paise/minute from the earlier 75 paise/minute.‎

In addition, customers will now pay less for both local and STD SMSs on National Roaming. On roaming, for all local SMS, a customer will be charged 25 paise from the earlier Re 1/min, and for national SMS it is 38 paise from earlier Rs 1.5.
Videocon Telecom Slashes National Roaming Rates 

In line with the TRAI’s Telecom Tariff (60th Amendment) Order, Videocon Telecom has slashed the National Roaming rates effective 1st May 2015 as per the TRAI’s guidelines.

The drop in tariff is to the extent of 75% on Local and National SMS; 40% on Incoming calls; and 23% & 20% on STD & Local calls resp while roaming.

For Outgoing local voice call while on national roaming, the telco has slashed the price to Re. 0.80 per minute from the previous Re. 1.00 per minute. Videocon Telecom subscribers can now make Outgoing long distance (inter-circle) voice call while on national roaming at Rs. 1.15 per minute with a 23% price drop from earlier Rs. 1.50 per minute charge. The price of Outgoing long distance (inter-circle) Short Message Services(SMS) while on national roaming has been slashed to Re. 0.38 per SMS from the earlier price of Rs.1.50 per SMS.

This revised tariff will be effective May 1, 2015 as per the TRAI’s guidelines. The telco continues to offer Free Incoming calls while Roaming on Videocon Telecom Network by default for all its Subscribers.