Airtel Hikes its Prepaid Tariff

Airtel Hikes its Prepaid TariffBad news for Airtel prepaid customers across Delhi-NCR, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh & Chattisgarh and Kerala, Airtel today announced that it has hiked its prepaid tariff (Pay Per Min and Pay Per Second plan) for the above circles.

When we asked them regarding the tariff hike Airtel Spokesperson quotes that “Telecom is probably the only industry where despite increasing inflation, tariffs have been falling unabatedly. Continuously declining margins, high 3G & BWA auction prices, constrained spectrum and rural roll out aspirations leave us with little choice but to make some price corrections. We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services.”

Now the subscribers who opted for per minute basic plna will now have to pay 60 paisa per minute for local and STD calls and 90 paisa for calls to landlines,  SMS would be charged at Rs 1.5 Local and National SMS’s. While Per Second Plan users will be charged 1.2paisa per second for local and STD calls to all network across India. The new tariff will comes into place when the validity of the existing packs gets over.

Revised /Increased tariff for Airtel Advantage and Freedom Plan subscribers (effective from 22 July 2011) : The new tariff for own network (Airtel to Airtel) calls will be 60 paisa per minute (existing 50 paisa) in most of all telecom circles.However the call charges for Airtel to other network’s mobile calls will be slashed to 60 paisa/min from the existing 75 paisa/min.

Airtel to landline call charges will be increased to 90 paisa/min from the existing 75 paisa/min. Local SMS rate will be Rs 1 and National SMS will be charged for Rs 1.50.

All new customers enrolling in the Airtel Advantage/Freedom packs will be charged on the revised/Increased tariffs. While all existing subscribers will continue to avail the existing tariffs till the expiry of their tariff validity period.

The Indian telecom industry feels that increase in tariff is most important to sustain in the highly competitive market with almost 13 to 14 mobile service operators in all the telecom circles. According to industry sources, some other operators are like Vodafone Essar, TTSL (Tata Docomo and Tata Indicom) likely to follow the trend.

So now what do you think regarding the new tariff hike do you think other operators will also follow Airtel’s move what is your take do let us know via comments.

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BANGALIDADA
BANGALIDADA
August 8, 2011 10:07 pm 10:07 PM

I recently visited my nearest Airtel office to ask about their Terms & Condition of Lifetime Prepaid Plan. They told me that both Life Time & Non Life Time the condition is same “YOU HAVE TO EXHAUST RS 200/- WITHIN 2(TWO) MONTH.OTHERWISE NUMBER WILL BE DEACTIVATED”.I am astonished.

selvam
selvam
August 1, 2011 10:48 pm 10:48 PM

@Magnet you are de-magnatised from AT..congrats..were u now magnatised friend

@DEBABRATA DUTTA well done and well said the same in TN

selvam
selvam
August 1, 2011 10:45 pm 10:45 PM

@Magnet you are de-magnatised from AT..congrats..were u now magnatised friend

krishnendu
krishnendu
August 1, 2011 10:21 pm 10:21 PM
Arup : Now a day when every company is hiking their call tariffs, according to me this is time for reliance, especially for west Bengal and kolkata customer. Bacause for the new players like uninor,Docomo etc. they never gives coverage like reliance(west Bengal and kolkata), I don’t know about other state, and now a days their network quality in 2g and 3g is just great. if you port into reliance you will get(west Bengal and kolkata )- 1.Local 2sec/1p for 90 days 2.Night R to R 12sec./1p. 3.1 GB 3g data 4.Free mobile tv for 1 month 5.Full talk time… Read more »
anu ajay
anu ajay
August 1, 2011 9:37 pm 9:37 PM

plz hlp me..airtel night call 20min for 1rs,is that plan available in Kerala…is der any other nyt call plans in airtel for Kerala circle…

ASHFAQUE
ASHFAQUE
July 29, 2011 3:16 am 3:16 AM

ARUP:It means that u r a dalal of reliance, I admit about network is good but after this offer what u think reliance will keep u continue with this… U don’t know I’m using reliance, frustrated with this Company and their staff. Reliance company is thief, always steal money from main balance unnecessary.
So “RELANCE IS CHOOR COMPANY” don’t suggest wrong. Thnx @Arup

Arup
Arup
July 27, 2011 6:39 am 6:39 AM
Now a day when every company is hiking their call tariffs, according to me this is time for reliance, especially for west Bengal and kolkata customer. Bacause for the new players like uninor,Docomo etc. they never gives coverage like reliance(west Bengal and kolkata), I don’t know about other state, and now a days their network quality in 2g and 3g is just great. if you port into reliance you will get(west Bengal and kolkata )- 1. Local 2sec/1p for 90 days 2. Night R to R 12sec./1p. 3. 1 GB 3g data 4. Free mobile tv for 1 month 5.… Read more »
Saurabh gupta
Saurabh gupta
July 25, 2011 12:05 pm 12:05 PM

krishnendu :

Saurabh gupta :

krishnendu :

Manoj Abhigyan :
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no i m not from airtel not even its regular customer but i knw what the economics is thats why i had given fact before commenting like u should knw the facts what does that mean even i dont like airtel, vodafone and ideas high tarrif and using docomo since its launch but say what is correct………..

Bakul Shah
Bakul Shah
July 25, 2011 10:58 am 10:58 AM

This is very difficult situation But This will realy help to companies to survive in such cut throat compition.But this effect to whole telecom users.

Tarun del
Tarun del
July 25, 2011 10:00 am 10:00 AM

time to say good bye to Airtel

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