Bharti Airtel on Monday in a press statement announced of scrapping all roaming charges for outgoing and incoming calls as well as SMSes and data usage within India. The move came after Reliance Jio came up with Jio Prime membership offer. Many other Telecom companies are bringing new strategies with intent to give competitive edge to Mukesh Ambani Reliance Jio.
India’s largest mobile phone service provider also stated that international call rates will be cut by up to 90 per cent to as low as Rs 3 per minute and data charges by up to 99 percent to Rs 3 per MB across popular roaming destinations.
In a press statement, ‘Airtel declares war on roaming’. The company said the move will lead to ‘death of national roaming’ from April 1st 2017.
With this move the Airtel mobile customers will be able to carry their numbers across India and the World and the customers can stay connected all the time without having to worry about high call/data rates,” Also it is said that “Bill shocks will now be a thing of the past.” Daily billing will be automatically adjusted to the price of basic one day pack even for customers who don’t buy a roaming pack.
Gopal Vittal, MD and CEO (India & South Asia) Bharti Airtel said, “ This marks the death of national roaming and the whole country will now be like a local network for our customers, who will not have to think twice before making or receiving calls or using data while travelling outside their home base. Airtel has again set the benchmark in dlievering best in class value backed by a great network experience.”
Airtel has already launched innovative and affordable International roaming packs for all major countries across the world. These packs also come with convenient validity options for of 1 day, 10 days and 30 days.
Bharti Airtel Chairman Sunil Mittal said: “ At Airtel we are changing the international roaming paradigm, which will allow our customers to take their number to every corner of the world. As an industry, operators across the world must collaborate to scrap the cost barrier to roaming and offer customers the convenience of staying connected with out the fear of exorbitant bill charges.”