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 August 8, 2011 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 August 1, 2011 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 August 1, 2011 10:45 pm

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

  • krishnendu August 1, 2011 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 in Rs. 55 (every recharge)
    I hope people know that there are too many vouchers for reducing call rates and Internet which price is much cheaper then Airtel, Voda.please don’t comment here like I am a reliance employee etc,I am normal TT reader,I recently port out my number from airtel to reliance, and Experience the same which I’d described.

    well said

  • anu ajay August 1, 2011 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 July 29, 2011 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 July 27, 2011 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. Full talk time in Rs.55 (every recharge)
    I hope people know that there are too many vouchers for reducing call rates and Internet which price is much cheaper then Airtel, Voda.please don’t comment here like I am a reliance employee etc,I am normal TT reader,I recently port out my number from airtel to reliance, and Experience the same which I’d described.

  • Saurabh gupta July 25, 2011 12:05 pm

    krishnendu :

    Saurabh gupta :

    krishnendu :

    Manoj Abhigyan :
    <BLOCKQUOTE cite="#commentbody

    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 July 25, 2011 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 July 25, 2011 10:00 am

    time to say good bye to Airtel

  • krishnendu July 24, 2011 9:22 pm

    Saurabh gupta :

    krishnendu :

    Manoj Abhigyan :

    Krishnendu :
    This company named airtel is so double standard! They are giving xcuse of inflation to rise rates! Where as they are buying multiple companies outside India
    i dont think any of u belong commerce field and dont have basic knwledge of economics airtel is investing in south african countries which will give returns in some years and then the money Will flow back to india in the form of profits and they have investment there which they can sell anytime they want in the future so please think before you comment like this even i an not happy with the increase in call rates but that does not mean we say why it is investing in other countries and you should know that company had taken huge loan of more then 40000 crore to buy zain telecom

    u talk like a guy from airtel,I just talked what a stupid common man think.

  • bharathkumara July 24, 2011 8:01 pm

    this is beginning for tariff hike.. friends dont act like smart.. all companies started to hike their tariff. with in 3-8 months.. dont very docomo also start hiking the tariff.. all companies want to pay money to other companies for off-net calls…

  • varma July 24, 2011 5:40 pm

    No one will buy the argument that Airtel in losses so that customers should prop it up. Sunil Mittal was bitter when Docomo entered market with 1/sec billing and publicly wailed about the decreased margins, even as he was negotiating deals for Zain mobile acquistion. What he really was saying, “guys, let me fleece these Indians so that I can by more firms overseas”.

  • Magnet July 24, 2011 3:24 pm

    Bad news for Airtel. I just ported out from airtel 3 days ago. Lol

  • Saurabh gupta July 24, 2011 2:54 pm

    krishnendu :

    Manoj Abhigyan :

    Krishnendu :
    This company named airtel is so double standard! They are giving xcuse of inflation to rise rates! Where as they are buying multiple companies outside India
    i dont think any of u belong commerce field and dont have basic knwledge of economics airtel is investing in south african countries which will give returns in some years and then the money Will flow back to india in the form of profits and they have investment there which they can sell anytime they want in the future so please think before you comment like this even i an not happy with the increase in call rates but that does not mean we say why it is investing in other countries and you should know that company had taken huge loan of more then 40000 crore to buy zain telecom

  • krishnendu July 24, 2011 1:35 pm

    Manoj Abhigyan :

    Krishnendu :
    This company named airtel is so double standard! They are giving xcuse of inflation to rise rates! Where as they are buying multiple companies outside India by looting indians (South Africa, Bangladesh)! TRAI should soon regulate this company. They are investing our money outside giving lame xcuses.

    Now tell me, who is looting India like East India Company? Vodafone or Airtel?

    airtel>vf>…in that order@manoj

  • kashif July 24, 2011 11:18 am

    really airtel is FAALTU@Vikas Patidar

  • kashif July 24, 2011 11:11 am

    Airtel and Vodafone are very older mobile service provider in india… they are having very good client base in india but they should not take any advantage of this…
    We as a customer need cheap calling plan… But Airtel and Vodafone always motivate to other operator for increaseing call charges they want to cheat indian public… they always try to increase call charges..
    Thanks to docomo for introducing per second calling so that we are getting full value of our money….
    “Agar Airtel aur vodafone hi rehte industry me to aaj bhi hame incoming ke paise dene padte”
    thanks to all other player for providing good and cheap service, and thanks to TRAI for introducing MNP… ab agar BADE OPERATOR CALL CHARGES BADATE HAIN TO MNP ZINDABAAD we will swich…
    They should be stoping to increasing call charges…

  • jay July 24, 2011 10:17 am

    i think airtel feels that they edging towards loss even after stealing our money by vas activation. so they decide to hike call tarrif.

  • jay July 24, 2011 10:10 am

    docomo only has coverage in cities and towns in tamilnadu. although their tower is working for indicom, docomo, virgin etc.. they r not expanding their coverage to rural areas. better less ur tv ads and more ur coverage.

  • DEBABRATA DUTTA July 24, 2011 12:56 am

    Kaushik Roy :

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    EVEN DOCOMO WILL BE SURPRISED BY THIS COMMENT
    RATAN TATA WILL CALL YOU SOON

    he he he …well said kaushik da……come to West Bengal and watch the actual condition of tata docomo’s network……very very poor indoor coverage……..

  • Javed July 23, 2011 11:15 pm

    Airtel, vodafone. Reliance shuru se hi tariff k maamle me kanjus rahe hain, talk ho ya call rate do no me maha kanjus. Sub ne per sec 1 rate rakha lekin airtel or vodafone ne 1.2p/sec. tata indicom ne trupaid rakha the hr recharge pr ful talk time wo bhi khub publicity k7, baad me truepaid bhi prepaid ban gaya.docomo ne sub oprator ko per second pe laakar custmer ko zyada fayeda dilaya hai.ab uninor 50me55,100me115,150me175 talk time de raha hai, or onnet call rate me koi oska muqabla nhi kar sakta.39me 1000min onnet, 198me 1.2lac. Its best jb tk is k subscribers mumbai me increase nhi hote tab tak fayeda uthayye.airtel se chhutkaara paayye.
    Javedsir

  • PD July 23, 2011 10:13 pm

    sameer :

    PD :

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.
    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    A very interesting comments that TATA DOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT in its own referred points.

    Have u ever used docomo, i purchased haryana docomo sim and using in delhi with 1p/sec call chrged, docomo has collabration with idea and aircel and it charges just 1p/sec, so with good idea coverage i use docomo for outgoing calls. no gsm operator gives 1p/sec plan for local and std both flat to any operator except poor rgsm, mtnl… so think before u comment, as a privilage customer of docomo i was charged 2.5 for isd sms and ful talk value on 100 rechrge, they even provide me free sms in roaming what next u want.

    Yes, I was one among the first subscribers when they launched in Mumbai/Navi mumbai area. But because of network problems ported out. Definitely intend to come back once they improve the same for obvious reasons – tariffs.

  • Vinayakan July 23, 2011 10:06 pm

    Ya docomo is having not so much as campared to idea and vodafone. I am just 6 km away from kottayam.kerale where is ‘the week’ s reg.office is situated.but docomos coverage is very poor.and whats the stunning matter is even uninor is having beeter coverage in the place..

  • Vinayakan July 23, 2011 9:58 pm

    It wud be withdrawn. In kerala most loss making company BSNL slashed calls rate to 1 paise per sec from 1.2recently. Then how can airtel compete with public enterprise giant. If bsnl increase their customer service quality too, its the time to get back to profit making days by porting airtel subscribers to bsnl.then only Mital brother wiil understand foolishness of the decision makers.

  • Amit.G July 23, 2011 9:06 pm

    Airtel is in talks with NETONE (Zimbabwe’s 3rd largest mobile service provider) to acquire 60% stake in it..

  • t1 ha July 23, 2011 8:37 pm

    No way,DoCoMo gives nill coverage in my home town and my university,i dunno on what solid reference you made an absurdly false claim? @Kaushik Roy

  • Karthik July 23, 2011 7:29 pm

    It is showing its true colour

  • Kaushik Roy July 23, 2011 7:01 pm

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    EVEN DOCOMO WILL BE SURPRISED BY THIS COMMENT ;)
    RATAN TATA WILL CALL YOU SOON

  • Kaushik Roy July 23, 2011 6:53 pm

    next plan by Airtel may be incoming calls will charged at 10 paise/minute bcoz they suffering losses

  • sakshi July 23, 2011 6:47 pm

    max :

    Amit.G :Its a good move by airtel, from 2 years telecom companies are facing huge problem wit respect to increased cost of operations and reduced tariffs. This will kill the company and stop it from making further investments on network upgradation and coverage. Its for sure that idea and vodafone will soon hike tier tariffs. After all with diesel prices goin up every now and then and lack of spectrum whic has forced operators to install tower every 150 meters in metros should be covered.

    base tariff is good, it should be 1p/per second to all outgoing calls in india.
    and for stv they call offer
    like
    STV Rs 30 all calls 1p for 2 sec (30p per minute)
    STV Rs 45 all calls 1p for 3 sec (20p per minute)
    stv Rs 60 all calls 1p for 4 sec (15p per minute)
    stv Rs 90 all calls 1p for 6 sec (10p per minute)

    it will rock

    +1

  • Zeeshan July 23, 2011 6:16 pm

    All private companies are looting except our MTNL and BSNL.@Manoj Abhigyan

  • Manoj Abhigyan July 23, 2011 5:05 pm

    Krishnendu :
    This company named airtel is so double standard! They are giving xcuse of inflation to rise rates! Where as they are buying multiple companies outside India by looting indians (South Africa, Bangladesh)! TRAI should soon regulate this company. They are investing our money outside giving lame xcuses.

    Now tell me, who is looting India like East India Company? Vodafone or Airtel?

  • krishnendu July 23, 2011 4:36 pm

    this company named airtel is so double standard!they r giving xcuse of inflation to rise rates!where as they r buying multiple companies outside india by looting indians(south africa,bangladesh)!TRAI should soon regulate this company.they are investing our money outside giving lame xcuses.

  • sathish July 23, 2011 4:27 pm

    All are must go to BSNL 2G / 3G. now am also looking to switch over to BSNL. I think nowadays its over all performance is fine.

    Hereafter if we are opting / using private networks like Aircel/ Airtel/Vodafone/Idea means we will become a best fool in the world.

    Decide what we are…

  • praveen July 23, 2011 4:24 pm

    @Amit.G
    Are you an employee of Airtel?

  • praveen July 23, 2011 4:22 pm

    This is whats going to happen once private operators controls the telecom arena. Thats why we need BSNL/MTNL to stay here, so there will be someone to control the cartelisation by these so called looters..

  • janardhanan July 23, 2011 3:56 pm

    sameer :

    PD :

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    A very interesting comments that TATA DOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT in its own referred points.

    Have u ever used docomo, i purchased haryana docomo sim and using in delhi with 1p/sec call chrged, docomo has collabration with idea and aircel and it charges just 1p/sec, so with good idea coverage i use docomo for outgoing calls. no gsm operator gives 1p/sec plan for local and std both flat to any operator except poor rgsm, mtnl… so think before u comment, as a privilage customer of docomo i was charged 2.5 for isd sms and ful talk value on 100 rechrge, they even provide me free sms in roaming what next u want.

    You are using Tata Docomo sim card bought from Haryana Circle, Right??

    That makes a you a Haryana Customer roaming in Delhi.
    You are geting coverage of Idea and Aircel only coz you are ‘IN ROAMING’.
    To xperience Tata Docomo’s actual coverage strength, go to Haryana Circle and use the same sim. You will understand how ‘STRONG(?)’ it is!!!!
    In Haryana you ll get nly Docomo’s network, not of Idea or any other. Because network sharing is available only while roaming.!!
    —-
    And about 1p/sec flat rate, BSNL is giving 1p/sec to any network, local, std and even while roaming!!!—what next you want???

  • Sahil Shah July 23, 2011 2:50 pm

    teletalk :
    @Sandeep
    PLEASE COME IN GUJARAT AND EXPERIENCE THE BSNL S BAD AND POOR SERVICES LIKE NETWORK
    AND CUSTOMER SERVICES AND IF YOUR SIM WILL BE LOST OR DAMAGED YOU NEED NEW SIM AND THE PROCESS IS TAKE 15 DAYS IN BSNL EITHER IN OTHER GSM OPERATOR TAKE ONLY 10 MINITS I HATE BSNL AND SOME VALUABLE SERVICES IS NOT AVAILABLE IN BSNL LIKE CALL DIVERT ON OTHER COMPANY’S NUMBER IS NOT POSSIBLE ETC

    Dude I am in Gujarat and using BSNL since 2006. The service has greatly improved from past 1 year and I changed my sim once and got the replacement on the spot and service was activated within 30min.

  • sameer July 23, 2011 2:39 pm

    PD :

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.
    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    A very interesting comments that TATA DOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT in its own referred points.

    Have u ever used docomo, i purchased haryana docomo sim and using in delhi with 1p/sec call chrged, docomo has collabration with idea and aircel and it charges just 1p/sec, so with good idea coverage i use docomo for outgoing calls. no gsm operator gives 1p/sec plan for local and std both flat to any operator except poor rgsm, mtnl… so think before u comment, as a privilage customer of docomo i was charged 2.5 for isd sms and ful talk value on 100 rechrge, they even provide me free sms in roaming what next u want.

  • karann July 23, 2011 2:31 pm

    PD :

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.
    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    A very interesting comments that TATA DOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT in its own referred points.

    +1

  • Saikat July 23, 2011 2:31 pm

    All other operators will follow airtel very soon.jst wait and watch

  • Ved July 23, 2011 2:24 pm

    Docomo network is worst ,they have network only in cities ,worst network

  • PD July 23, 2011 1:54 pm

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.
    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    A very interesting comments that TATA DOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT in its own referred points.

  • VAT July 23, 2011 1:48 pm

    Not sure if DoCoMo offer of cheapest tariff make any sense, as the coverage is a major issue. Simply cannot understand, what so gaga about it…had been a docomo customer, and i must say, my experience was the worst, had worst network, worst customer care & whenever i recharge with full talktime offer, the money will get deducted for some shitty service that i would never use.
    Left with the tariff’s, with already rock bottom tariff, the major operators (the trinity – airtel, voda & idea) were bound to increase rates, the new operators like uninor/mts/videocon/aircel/doco are in a midst of the tariff wars, hence leaking the overall revenue. None of the new operator is profitable, and they are the major reason for drop in ARPU and introduction of multiple sim & rotational churn. Bound to happen and welcome this move, as it will favour the industry and customer in long term…

  • PD July 23, 2011 1:35 pm

    janardhanan :

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.
    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

    Interesting comments which the TATADOCOMO should take note of – Both are WRONG and CORRECT too in its own referred points (NETWORK and TARIFF)!

  • janardhanan July 23, 2011 1:22 pm

    sameer :Docomo has best coverage in 18 circlesBut their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    You are sitting in Delhi (where Tata Docomo has no license) and commenting on its coverage!!!????
    Go to any One of its 18 Circles and xperience the coverage. Its soo worst. they have coverage only in City-centres.

    And about tariff, they are the guys who gives the lowest tariff at present.

  • PD July 23, 2011 1:21 pm

    The debate on the airtel’s tariff hike “wave” is getting acerbic(momentum). The arguments being put forth (pro/anti)by the fellow bloggers definitely indicate their own proximity in ring ! Since the telecom industry in India is growing at a remarkable speed it is for the Indian operators (be it airtel, too) to decide and choose as to on which global market they should sit in incubation. The subscribers are well informed and are shrewd enough too ! With the MNP options (at expense of just Rs.19) one can make judicious use of one’s money. Many have more than one sim cards of different operators for making calls.

    One thing is certain – The brand craziness is gone and therefore it will be – Survival of the Fittest ! Thanks to MNP !

  • Arun July 23, 2011 1:07 pm

    Not only that /sec tariff also increased to 1.2/sec….If they spend more for 3g,bwa spectrum then they have to keep tariff for those services high. Why disturb us?
    Looks like airtel forgot about MNP. This is really a stupid move.

  • Vikas Patidar July 23, 2011 1:01 pm

    Recently I had sent a request to port my Airtel number to Vodafone. And Airtel CC called me and offered 1P/2Sec plan for 15 days free of cast. And after that it will run on 1RS daily deduction. So i think you are getting 30Paisa/Minute with a tariff of 30 Rs for a month which is not bad at all. However I dont know whether this offer is available or not but they had told that they will soon launch it.

  • ashish rana July 23, 2011 12:59 pm

    not only airtel Idea and Vodafone also……but we have power of MNP

  • Anish July 23, 2011 11:37 am

    @teletalk
    Wrong info. We will get new SIM on the spot on BSNL CSC. No wait. New SIM will activate with in 2 hour (in case of lost sim. New connection need about 12 hours to activate as BSNL not giving preactivated SIMs as per TRAI regulation).

  • teletalk July 23, 2011 11:23 am

    @Sandeep
    PLEASE COME IN GUJARAT AND EXPERIENCE THE BSNL S BAD AND POOR SERVICES LIKE NETWORK
    AND CUSTOMER SERVICES AND IF YOUR SIM WILL BE LOST OR DAMAGED YOU NEED NEW SIM AND THE PROCESS IS TAKE 15 DAYS IN BSNL EITHER IN OTHER GSM OPERATOR TAKE ONLY 10 MINITS I HATE BSNL AND SOME VALUABLE SERVICES IS NOT AVAILABLE IN BSNL LIKE CALL DIVERT ON OTHER COMPANY’S NUMBER IS NOT POSSIBLE ETC

  • Vikas Patidar July 23, 2011 10:54 am

    Sahil Shah :

    Vikas Patidar :

    ravi shekhar :
    Bad news for airtel lovers……

    dude its not about love. Except the urban area, Airtel Idea and Vodafone are the only operators which has coverage in most of rural areas across the country and you can switch among one another. But everyone knows they all are paisa sucker. I’m sure others are also planing to pee in their pants very soon.

    Dude BSNL has one of the best network maybe better in rural areas. If you are saying only this three Airtel Idea and Vodafone have good network in rural areas than you are wrong.

    you r right dost. I just forget to mention it.

  • Sandeep July 23, 2011 10:43 am

    Bsnl is the best,its network works all the time,
    traiff is low,
    gprs plans are good,
    3g is good,
    bsnl is best,go With bsnl why other network
    why????

  • Magnet July 23, 2011 10:38 am

    Luckily my number ported out from Airtel to Idea two days ago. After 3 port out requests and fight with airtel c.c it got succeed.

  • Amit July 23, 2011 10:37 am

    Are you Reliance Employee or a Shareholder?

  • sukhen July 23, 2011 10:31 am

    When BSNL is reducing tariff(Visit bsnl.co.in) other are increasing tariff. In BSNL without any pack/STV or monthly charge you can cal STD/LOCAL/ANY OPERATOR/ROAMING at 1paisa/Second or 49 paisa/minute.I am a happy BSNL user . GO FOR BSNL.

  • Sahil Shah July 23, 2011 10:25 am

    I dumped Vodafone last month as it increased its tariff and using only BSNL now. I am using BSNL since 2006 and from the past 1year I didnt see any “Network Error” or “Call Failed” errors while calling. Call gets connected instantly and sms delivering in seconds. Also network has improved from last 2 months. Started getting strong signals at places where I didnt use to get and also in basements.

  • Mahesh July 23, 2011 10:20 am

    well, at the time of this competition Airtel should not increase the call rates its gonna be loosing customer for Airtel.
    with the MNP people will not entertain this and they will find a suitable operator for them surly.

  • Sahil Shah July 23, 2011 10:17 am

    Vikas Patidar :

    ravi shekhar :
    Bad news for airtel lovers……

    dude its not about love. Except the urban area, Airtel Idea and Vodafone are the only operators which has coverage in most of rural areas across the country and you can switch among one another. But everyone knows they all are paisa sucker. I’m sure others are also planing to pee in their pants very soon.

    Dude BSNL has one of the best network maybe better in rural areas. If you are saying only this three Airtel Idea and Vodafone have good network in rural areas than you are wrong.

  • Sougata Das July 23, 2011 9:55 am

    Airtel has increased its tariff and in a few days other operator will follow the same trend…Now the real competition starts….

  • S.Sudhakar July 23, 2011 9:30 am

    BSNL has 99% coverage when climbing uphill in Nilagiri Mountain Railway from Maettupaalaiyam to Ooty. It has 80% (4 out of 5 signal bars) coverage even inside DENSE forest of blue mountains. I really do not know how.

    No one can beat BSNL in terms of network coverage.

  • Ved July 23, 2011 8:37 am

    Try reliance nowdays after MNP Reliance network is really Indias no 1 network,net speed is arround 35 kbps in my city in 2g live video without buffering,now excellent service from reliance,Reliance 3g is very fast it gives arround 19MBPS in my reliance 3g dongle…reliance is best

  • Santu Sovan Mandal July 23, 2011 8:31 am

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    Are you mad??

  • Deepak Rai July 23, 2011 7:53 am

    airtel should be thrown out of India to Africa permanently… As they claim, their network is also not the best.. There CC sucks..

  • Amit.G July 23, 2011 7:44 am

    @TD
    Ask your friend not to make any call or don recharge for 3 to 4 months, then try to port out. They will allow him as no company cares to loose Non earning customers.
    If he is a postpaid user first ask him to convert to prepaid.

  • SOURAV July 23, 2011 7:25 am

    SOB EK MTS KA CONNECTION LOO…….OUT GOING KOL UHASE KORO…….

  • rajiev July 23, 2011 7:23 am

    Ankan :

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    do u have any idea about the network coverage of docomo????

    actually he want to say docomo has bad coverage in 18 circle but there call rates r low!

  • Riju July 23, 2011 7:20 am

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    their coverage in kerala circle is very poor.dont have coverage i so many places.

  • Vikas Patidar July 23, 2011 6:00 am

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    Are you crazy about DoCoMo?

    It has nothing in terms of network quality compared to others.

  • Vikas Patidar July 23, 2011 5:55 am

    ravi shekhar :
    Bad news for airtel lovers……

    dude its not about love. Except the urban area, Airtel Idea and Vodafone are the only operators which has coverage in most of rural areas across the country and you can switch among one another. But everyone knows they all are paisa sucker. I’m sure others are also planing to pee in their pants very soon.

  • asokan July 23, 2011 5:23 am

    hey hike! thy sharp-pointed sword pierces me!

  • Ankan July 23, 2011 2:39 am

    sameer :
    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

    do u have any idea about the network coverage of docomo????

  • sid July 23, 2011 1:36 am

    airtel is here to theft clients

  • Idris July 23, 2011 1:13 am

    No prom MNP is there…………..Ha ha ha ha….PooR Airtel….

  • sameer July 23, 2011 12:45 am

    Docomo has best coverage in 18 circles
    But their call rates r very high. No one can beat docomo in coverage in any circle. It should only lower its call tariff. Constner want cheap tariff nt gud coverage.

  • itz me July 23, 2011 12:33 am

    Don’t dump your airtel sim…play wid them….use MNP :)

  • Kanaga Deepan N July 23, 2011 12:29 am

    Magnet :
    Last two three days i am getting msgs from Airtel that saying it’s slashed ISD rates, for USA/CANADA Re.1 per min. @ Are ISD call makers ordinary poor people? Shit. Go to hell Airtel.

    Well said…

    People whoever supporting Airtel’s move please note that, “They are investing these EXTRA money earned from INDIA to other countries only… Even they wasted some 300+ crores for JUST CHANGING THE LOGO…”

    Airtel person should have said “We are committed to enhance value for our AFRICAN/SriLankan/Bangladesh/Pakistan/other International customers through continued investments FROM THE MONEY GOT FROM INNOCENT INDIAN CUSTOMERS in FOREIGN network, OUTSOURCED technology, customer experience and life enriching services”

    To those people saying only Airtel gives good service “PLEASE TRY BSNL_3G for voice”… I agree BSNL_2g voice calls are very bad (now improved a lot than earlier), but voice on BSNL_3G is very very excellent and you must try to believe this… Some may say 3G handset cost is more, but whoever is using Airtel now can recover their cost of 3G handset in few months itself….

    My guess why Airtel has started increased tariff suddenly is “THEY EARLIER HAS SIMPLE METHOD TO LOOT customers by auto VAS ACTIVATIONS… NOW TRAI is taking steps to stop this…” So AirHELL is following this method to maintain that looting money continuously…

    For those friends saying “Am going to PORT OUT FROM AIRTEL”, please note that THAT WILL NOT BE EASY… They will try all possible cheating to reject the request, even my friend’s request was rejected saying a LAME + FALSE reason “WRONG UPC received and obviously he filled his FORM correctly”… So BE BRAVE and BE READY to tackle those issues also… Plz refer TT pages also for email addresses to TRAI for complaining reg the PORT-OUT rejections…

  • Deepak July 23, 2011 12:24 am

    I tried to port from airtel to bsnl but airtel rejected it claiming LEGAL ISSUE!!Later i threw airtel sim and got a new sim of bsnl.Whats the use of a service where customer is cheated.

  • Ashish July 23, 2011 12:20 am

    MNP is there, so if one feel that the charges are high, he/she can always change network without switching number.

  • Tremerin Dsouza July 23, 2011 12:11 am

    Uninor can utilize this opportunity to acquire valued subscribers from Airtel(also vodafone as it may soon follow airtel’s path).

  • Vikas Patidar July 22, 2011 11:53 pm

    Who cares? I’m going to just dump Airtel SIM into Dual SIM mobile and buying other one for outgoing calls.

  • ravi shekhar July 22, 2011 11:49 pm

    Bad news for airtel lovers……

  • Saikat July 22, 2011 11:09 pm

    We have to accept that airtel has the best ntwrk and vas offerings.people trust airtel blindly,whoever wants a quality service,will stick with airtel without thinking much about the hike in the tariff

  • lovable July 22, 2011 10:56 pm

    rajasthan me to na jaane kitne mahino se yahi tariffs chal rahe hain…

  • Raghu July 22, 2011 10:49 pm

    @Sahil Shah
    yes hope others do not follow suit . TRAI/DOT have to interfere in this immediately as otherwise all other operators will hike the charges . readers in TT – pl write in TRAI/DOT e-mail ids .

  • TD July 22, 2011 10:41 pm

    Saurabh gupta :
    t…….. Bhai MNP ke time me aisi galti bhot bhari padegi bcoz pehle hi airtel expensive tha specially in call rates and talktime offer

    do you know in west bengal, very few people can port their airtel number to others?? because whenever they see that someone request port code, either they send port but porting does not happen OR they just CANCEL those numbers….. yes this is true, when one of my friend asked CC why he cant transfer his number, they told him that they do not allow to go to other company….. they have orders from airtel tops, then friend asked that TRAI have rules, and they said they doesn’t care about what TRAI said, they make their own rules….. and this one also…..

    ” if you use any rough words, i will forward this call to Lalbazar police station (Kolkata police HQ)….. , we will not port any number from Airtel, this is our own rule, do what you can do…..”

  • Aswani July 22, 2011 10:40 pm

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    TO ANY NETWORK LOC &
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    37rs TT VALIDITY 365 DAYS.IN 49rs PLAN ALL
    LOCAL & STD 49P/Min ALSO
    GET 43RS TT VALIDITY
    180DAYS.IN 95RS PLAN ALL
    LOCAL & STD 49P/MIN ALSO
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  • Sahil Shah July 22, 2011 10:38 pm

    @Amit.G Who the hell cares if Airtel is making profit or loss. I only care about me that I should not be going in any losses. I hope BSNL doesnt hike their tariff.

  • Raghu July 22, 2011 10:28 pm

    @pratik
    yes TRAI did say that i do not know why this TRAI/DOT do not interfere in such things. they do not bother for the betterment of the customers.

  • pratik July 22, 2011 10:25 pm

    where it the TRAI that said that local calls will go down to 10p and std to 25p some years back , tata has already increased its sms prices and rate of std to 2p/sec

  • Ashis July 22, 2011 10:21 pm

    In my region airtel is charging 1.2p/s(A2A Local and STD) and 1.4p/s(A2O Local and STD)

  • Aswani July 22, 2011 10:20 pm

    GOOD NEWS FOR BSNL ORISSA CUSTOMERS.NOW ALL CUSTOMER CALL 1P/SEC TO ANY NETWORK LOC & STD FOR JUST 45rs ALSO GET 37rs TT VALIDITY 365 DAYS.IN 49rs PLAN ALL LOCAL & STD 49P/Min ALSO GET 43RS TT VALIDITY 180DAYS.IN 95RS PLAN ALL LOCAL & STD 49P/MIN ALSO GET 87RS TT VALIDITY 365DAYS.

  • lovable July 22, 2011 10:04 pm

    COAI ka chairman, Airtel ka CEO hai.
    isko COAI ki chairman ki post se hataao.. airtel apne aap sudhar jaega or baaki operators bhi sudhar jaenge….

  • Zeeshan July 22, 2011 10:04 pm

    Its better to use postpay of DOCOMO.@SAURABH SINHA

  • Sree July 22, 2011 9:58 pm

    Every operator will increse the tariff

  • Parminder Singh July 22, 2011 9:55 pm

    1.5 Rs me local sms. Airtel waleya di bhen di…… bsnl mujhe local sms 10 paise me deta hai bina kisi plan k

  • Suma July 22, 2011 9:50 pm

    Ther is no way to all customer who were changed their number via MNP to airtel next 90 Days. Its a effect of highest MNP.

  • Arup July 22, 2011 9:45 pm

    This news is not only bad for airtel customer. Increasing subscriber base, innovative technologies and high competition over the years have put lots of pressure on the telecom infrastructure structure. People who think this move is only taken by airtel their thinking is really wrong .now we have to wait for other companies. Though, there is lots of reason –

    1. Shortage of electric power: The availability of electricity for telecom towers has always been a concern as the rural regions of the country faces regular and long power cuts. The electricity and diesel constitutes the huge proportion of network operating expenses in rural areas and hence remains a major concern for the future.

    2. Rising fuel cost: Fuel has been a major contributor to the network operating expenses. With the crisis in some oil producing nations such as in North African countries, Japan earthquake and the increased oil demand by BRIC countries led to an increase in the price of fuel. Thus, oil price rise have put all the operators under tremendous pressure to maintain their margins.

    3. High set-up cost in rural areas: CAPEX of putting up a tower in a rural area is around 1.5 to 4 times cost of an average urban site, whilst the OPEX is around 1.4 to 3 times more.

    4. Licensing Fees: TRAI has proposed for a Licensing Fee of 4% p.a for the telecom tower sector in FY11, which would be increased further to 6% inFY12 and beyond. this would adversely impact the margins of players and, hence, may reduce competition and increase the call tariffs in result.

    These are the only major causes, but there are lots of reasons for hiking call tariffs. Let’s see what happened with the whole telecom industry.

  • SAURABH SINHA July 22, 2011 9:44 pm

    @Zeeshan DOCOMO is charging STD 1P/S for only first from new subscriber.
    You can check here, which is * marked mentioned-
    http://tatadocomo.com/prepay-plans.aspx#disTextdump
    However, old customers are charged STD 1P/S, even after 1 year.

  • Arup July 22, 2011 9:40 pm

    This news is not only bad for airtel customer.Increasing subscriber base,innovative technologies and high competition over the years have put lots of pressure on the telecom infrastructure structure. People who think this move is only taken by airtel their thinking is really wrong .now let’s see what happened with the whole telecom industry. There is lots of reason –

    1.Shortage of electric power:The availability of electricity for telecom towers has always been a concern as the rural regions of the country faces regular and long power cuts. The electricity and diesel constitutes the huge proportion of network operating expenses in rural areas and hence remains a major concern for the future.

    2.rising fuel cost: Fuel has been a major contributor to the network operating expenses. With the crisis in some oil producing nations such as in North African countries, Japan earthquake and the increased oil demand by BRIC countries led to an increase in the price of fuel.Thus,oil price rise have put all the operators under tremendous pressure to maintain their margins.

    3.High set-up cost in rural areas: CAPEX of putting up a tower in a rural area is around 1.5 to 4 times cost of an average urban site, whilst the OPEX is around 1.4 to 3 times more.

    4.Licensing Fees: TRAI has proposed for a Licensing Fee of 4% p.a for the telecom tower sector in FY11,which would be increased further to6% inFY12 and beyond. this would adversely impact the margins of players and, hence, may reduce competition and increase the call tariffs in result.

    These are the only major causes, but there are lots of reasons for hiking call tariffs. Now we have to wait for other companies.

  • SAURABH SINHA July 22, 2011 9:39 pm

    @Zeeshan Reliance also changed their Simply Reliance offer.
    Roaming cgarges in new connection is Re. 1/- & Rs. 1.5/-.
    Simply unlimited recharges (299/- & 599/-) is not working in roaming.
    Pay Per Call- Tariff is changed- Re. 1/- to Rs. 1.2/- per call (3 minute)

  • Zeeshan July 22, 2011 9:32 pm

    Docomo will stick to 1p/s. Your information is wrong@Ravi

  • Jagan July 22, 2011 9:31 pm

    HaHa … AirHELL, increasing the call cost to cover up the expenses for the new logo design and brand promotion. Accepted if it gives clear coverage through out India with out call drops and complete absence of unwanted VAS activations.

  • Zeeshan July 22, 2011 9:29 pm

    Reliance will never follow because Reliance is advertising 50p per min for life.

  • Ravi July 22, 2011 9:29 pm

    Docomo-kolkata already done this for all new customer (aft 16 June ).They will charged by 1 p/sec for 1st yr from 2nd yr STD call charge will be 2 p/sec.sms charged local 60p std 1.5.

  • Venkatesh July 22, 2011 9:18 pm

    It is not that they are facing loss and they are facing loss among profit i.e there is less profit when before MNP because that time customers has to stick to airtel, then it was huge profit. Intelligent and smart customers ported out what left now is the customers who doesn’t like to port from airtel and they don’t have any information about MNP airtel is trying to en-cash this opportunity to make or rob from existing customers, but it is to realize for existing customers to port out from airtel………wake-up all the airtel existing customers and teach airtel a lesson

  • dhruv July 22, 2011 9:17 pm

    better to hike prices of vas, like caller tune etc. Then increasing call rates.

  • Cgagajg July 22, 2011 9:17 pm

    Go to hell airtel.DOCOMO ROCKS HERE IN WB!

  • Saurabh July 22, 2011 9:16 pm

    It was necessary. India has the lowest call charges as compared to other countries. I would rather call it a good move by the company and expect other telcos to follow the same suit. It would be a bane for voice users but can become a boon for data users instead. Charging more for voice will let companies bring down data charges. You can expect 3G with a fair data usage for 500 or even less. Less prices will attract more data users and yes the ARPU will definately rise. Also it’ll help them provide better service. If you want quality services, paying more is not a big deal. When a Rs.3-5 hike can’t stop people from driving, how a 10-30 paisa can do? I expect more hikes in the near future.

  • Amit.G July 22, 2011 9:10 pm

    @fidels
    Buddy im not from US or some other country, Im an indian, related with Telecom industry itself, See first thing is airtel and even other operators like idea aircel tata etc took debt from banks to bid 3G spectrum. Airtel took $10billion debt to occupy Zain. And now the total debt of airtel is more than 35000 crores. So can you imagine the amount of interest they have to pay? Profit of any company is obtained after deducting Tax and interest. So this is the reason why reliance is still making losses. Reliance is number 3 in terms of revenue but since it has a huge debt of 33000 crores tier entire revenue is goin in operational expenditure and interest. So Do you think airtel is fool to loose market share by hiking tariff? Do you think sacking 3000 employees of airtel is just to make profits? Airtel is facing severe dip in profits. So i can understand. And every company has certain budget for year and board of members will decide of cash infusin, either from issue of shares or loan. Nobody will put money from tier pocket like how we ppl do. :-) everythin has some proper procedure.u think airtel is fool to loose market share by hiking tariff? Do you think sacking 3000 employees of airtel is just to make profits? Airtel is facing severe dip in profits. So i can understand. And every company has certain budget for year and board of members will decide of cash infusin, either from issue of shares or loan. Nobody will put money from tier pocket like how we ppl do. :-) everythin has some proper procedure.

  • Siva July 22, 2011 9:04 pm

    Hahaha… successfully i ported out from Airtel to Idea yesterday !

  • max July 22, 2011 9:01 pm

    Amit.G :Its a good move by airtel, from 2 years telecom companies are facing huge problem wit respect to increased cost of operations and reduced tariffs. This will kill the company and stop it from making further investments on network upgradation and coverage. Its for sure that idea and vodafone will soon hike tier tariffs. After all with diesel prices goin up every now and then and lack of spectrum whic has forced operators to install tower every 150 meters in metros should be covered.

    base tariff is good, it should be 1p/per second to all outgoing calls in india.

    and for stv they call offer
    like
    STV Rs 30 all calls 1p for 2 sec (30p per minute)
    STV Rs 45 all calls 1p for 3 sec (20p per minute)
    stv Rs 60 all calls 1p for 4 sec (15p per minute)
    stv Rs 90 all calls 1p for 6 sec (10p per minute)

    it will rock

  • max July 22, 2011 8:52 pm

    PD :The “wave” is arrived now ! Others will test the waters for a while. However the seed of tariff hike is sown, as procrastinated by few others . If put it in other way – think of cartelling ! Their justification- ” We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services” – is weak & meek !

    trai need to interven here and there should be policy for to offer call rates to which level, like once call rates offered compancy cant withdraw it atleast 2 years from the date of offering

  • MICKEY July 22, 2011 8:52 pm

    AIRTEL/IDEA TO KEWAL NETWORK KI KHA RHE HEY.THEIR PLANS ALWAYS GO OVER THE TOP.BSNL/DOCOMO ARE FAR BETTER

  • max July 22, 2011 8:45 pm

    Javed :Yahan to bhed chaal hai, ek tarif kam karta hai tn sub kam karte hain, ab airtel ne badhaya to shayad sub yahi kare. Lekin jo new oprators hai wo tarif kam nhi karenge. Airtel k price hike karne se sab dosre network ko choose karenge. Or aaj ki date me UNINOR is best. 2nd docomo, 3rd idea.docomo kabhi min plan nhi dega. Oska basic plan per second hai or rahega. Mobile or landline pe same rate rakhna chahiye warna airtel apne subscribers kho sakta hai.Javedsir

    U R RIGHT

  • raju July 22, 2011 8:43 pm

    amar :
    mere TATA INDICOM no pe 1p/2 sec ka call rate activate kiya tha january mahine me. Validity tha 1 year but iss mahine se mera call rate 1p/sec ho gaya hai.
    Maine iska complaint kiya to customer care se koi response nahi mila,nodal officer ne kaha ki sabhi users ka 1p/2sec ka offer band kar diya gaya hai.
    Please help ab main kya karu.???
    Because it is big fraud if the given information of nodal officer is true.

    ______________________________________________________
    1.While e-mailing to C.Care or Nodal/Appellate Offiers always add a copy to trai also.(Get trai mail id from trai website).
    2.Then you will get prompt reply/remedy.
    3.I have got sure results and that’s why I suggest this to all.

  • Kaushik Roy July 22, 2011 8:41 pm

    junaid :
    in kerala airtel have poor coverage if they hike the tariff customer will port out from airtel sure

    In Kerala Airtel is last among top operators and just ahead of Aircel even after 7 years of operation
    SO Aircel also beat Airtel in Subscriber number in few months time
    Airtel just concentrating on “ARPU” increase
    they also reduce validity of these advantage and freedom plan to 180 days from 365 days

  • Kaushik Roy July 22, 2011 8:36 pm

    NOW LETS SEE WHAT WILL DOCOMO DOES
    BCOZ THEY STARTED 1P/S PLANS AND GET HUGE SUCCESS , BUT ALSO SUFFERED LOSS
    SO WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO NOW THATS WILL DETERMINE FUTURE TARIFF PLANS
    VODAFONE,IDEA WILL COPY AIRTEL SOON
    BSNL WILL FORCED TO INCREASE CALL RATES BY GREAT TRAI

  • Saurabh gupta July 22, 2011 8:30 pm

    Vodafone and idea will also follow all are same but this is an advantage for TATA DOCOMO and Uninor bcoz they will not going to hike terrif like this today docomo is giving 1p/2sec local mobile thats best…….. Bhai MNP ke time me aisi galti bhot bhari padegi bcoz pehle hi airtel expensive tha specially in call rates and talktime offer

  • amar July 22, 2011 8:25 pm

    mere TATA INDICOM no pe 1p/2 sec ka call rate activate kiya tha january mahine me. Validity tha 1 year but iss mahine se mera call rate 1p/sec ho gaya hai.
    Maine iska complaint kiya to customer care se koi response nahi mila,nodal officer ne kaha ki sabhi users ka 1p/2sec ka offer band kar diya gaya hai.
    Please help ab main kya karu.???
    Because it is big fraud if the given information of nodal officer is true.

  • Prince July 22, 2011 8:23 pm

    private companies gained the customers through MNP, now they will show their colour to subscribers..!!!!

  • Sahil Shah July 22, 2011 8:22 pm

    @Sanjay Bafnaji Not only Airtel but Vodafone has also hiked its tariff atleast in Gujarat. Now Vodafone to All Mobiles(including Vodafone) will be charged 1.2p/sec that is 72p/min and to landlines at 1.5p/sec that is 90p/min. Dont know about per min plan.

  • raju July 22, 2011 8:12 pm

    MAYUR :
    In Maharashtra too airtel hike there call rate in per second billing, its now 1.2p/sec…Source Star Majha….and surely idea and vodafone will follow the same…soon after reliance will go for the same…and can’t tell about bsnl but sure that bsnl will not increase the call rate for per second billing as this is only the operator which offer per second billing in roaming too after tata docomo…and also recently bsnl too announced there new plan according to me which are beneficial to the company and subscribers…which give validity on top-up and also talktime…

    __________________________________________________

    Pl add one more: Indicom also gives per sec billing on roaming.

  • epynic July 22, 2011 8:11 pm

    Mane :
    Airtel is expensive in all ways. In gprs, calls, sms, roaming and recharge.
    When service tax on top up was 12.44%, then processing fee was Rs. 1 only but when service tax bring down to 10.30%, then airtel increased processing fee from 1 to 2rs first of all. And after this they more increased it in some circles to Rs. 4.
    For an example actuall talk time in a top up of 50 is 43.33. But airtel idea and vodafone provide only Rs. 40 talk time. But some provide 43.33 talk time like docomo,aircel and bsnl.
    So indian tele market me CHALAKI bhara kadam airtel hi uthata hai.
    Sorry for long comment.

    Simple wit 51ec you get 45tt :-P

  • saswat July 22, 2011 8:06 pm

    F**K U AIRTEL..
    BAHUT GHAMAND HE APNE STRONG NETWORK PE ……..
    LEKIN AB MNP KA JAMANA HE……
    IF U CONTINUE TO STICK WITH SUCH HIKES, NO DOUBT U WILL B SOON THE OPERATOR WITH THE LOWEST CUSTOMERS IN INDIA……..

  • Javed July 22, 2011 8:04 pm

    Yahan to bhed chaal hai, ek tarif kam karta hai tn sub kam karte hain, ab airtel ne badhaya to shayad sub yahi kare. Lekin jo new oprators hai wo tarif kam nhi karenge. Airtel k price hike karne se sab dosre network ko choose karenge. Or aaj ki date me UNINOR is best. 2nd docomo, 3rd idea.docomo kabhi min plan nhi dega. Oska basic plan per second hai or rahega. Mobile or landline pe same rate rakhna chahiye warna airtel apne subscribers kho sakta hai.
    Javedsir

  • sahel ghosh July 22, 2011 8:04 pm

    MTS NOW OFFERING STD AT 1P/2SEC
    AND AIRTEL 90PAISA PER MIN
    IDEA IS OFFERING STD AT 25P/MIN
    AND AIRTEL HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA LOLZ

  • Kiran Reddy July 22, 2011 8:01 pm

    @Mane
    I think time has come to leave airtel now..

  • sahel ghosh July 22, 2011 8:00 pm

    SIRJEE GET !DEA, its far better than bluddy bharti airtel, are AIRTEL ONLY GIVES COVERAGE and nothing else facility it provides, but aditya birlas idea is great….
    the sms rates are hiked at 1.5 my goodnes
    call rates at 90 paisa
    AIRTEL KA dubne ka time aa gaya hai

  • Mane July 22, 2011 7:58 pm

    Airtel is expensive in all ways. In gprs, calls, sms, roaming and recharge.
    When service tax on top up was 12.44%, then processing fee was rs 1 only but when service tax bring down to 10.30%, then airtel increased processing fee from 1 to 2rs first of all. And after this they more increased it in some circles to rs 4.
    For an example actuall talk time in a top up of 50 is 43.33. But airtel idea and vodafone provide only rs 40 talk time. But some provide 43.33 talk time like docomo,aircel and bsnl.
    So indian tele market me CHALAKI bhara kadam airtel hi uthata hai.
    Sorry for long comment.

  • Kiran Reddy July 22, 2011 7:55 pm

    Its real a bad decision. They might have tried to boost their revenue with VAS and other services rather than from call rates.This will definitely be good for tata docomo and BSNL to squeeze customers from Airtel.

  • Magnet July 22, 2011 7:53 pm

    Last two three days i am getting msgs from Airtel that saying it’s slashed ISD rates, for USA/CANADA Re.1 per min. @ Are ISD call makers ordinary poor people? Shit. Go to hell Airtel.

  • Arif July 22, 2011 7:51 pm

    New operator will take advantage of this through MNP. May be they will offer best tariff plan for subscriber porting out from Airtel.

  • Vikas Patidar July 22, 2011 7:44 pm

    vijay :
    Airtel sabse bekar operater hai sabse zyada dimag isike kharab hai
    Iska call rate to pehle se hi kafi zyada hai [punjab circle mein]
    Aur ab is rate hike ko dekhkar doosre operater bhi rates hike kar denge in circles mein
    Airtel ka bas chale to ye call rate 100 Rs per minute kar de

    bekaar??? Tum kya soch rahe ho free me sabse achha mil jaye? Sapne dekhana chodo. Aur agar tariff badaya he to iski koi khaas wajah hogi. Kiski ko maja thodi aata he apne hi pent me susu karne par.

  • Yogesh July 22, 2011 7:42 pm

    Indian telecom has still much potential to be tapped.
    The rising cost is just an excuse they are benefiting…TRAI has already said that companies could easily lower the SMS tariff to as low as 1 p and reliance did this.
    THe larger cconsumer base can easily get them higher output

  • Anal Kundu July 22, 2011 7:35 pm

    Probaly India has the lowest call tariff in the world. Competion already started, now airtel making tricks to end up the competion. But I don’t think other operat will follow them. Bad luck for Airtel

  • MAYUR July 22, 2011 7:27 pm

    In Maharashtra too airtel hike there call rate in per second billing, its now 1.2p/sec…Source Star Majha….and surely idea and vodafone will follow the same…soon after reliance will go for the same…and can’t tell about bsnl but sure that bsnl will not increase the call rate for per second billing as this is only the operator which offer per second billing in roaming too after tata docomo…and also recently bsnl too announced there new plan according to me which are beneficial to the company and subscribers…which give validity on top-up and also talktime…

  • fidels July 22, 2011 7:25 pm

    Mr Amit seems to be from the US. He never consider the fact that the Indian market is a high volume one as against the low volume but high worth markets like UK and EU countries. If cell firms are not raking in profits, tell me where did they get money to go global with acquisitions in Kenya and Mauritius? They have a convenient excuse of high price paid for 3G, which is worthless with its high costs. I certainly believe that all the operators worth their salt will gang up to loot the customers who have been deliberately addicted to excess usage of cellular services.

  • Kanna July 22, 2011 7:17 pm

    Sure shot…. MNP will have an effect on AIRTEL.. DOnt ever believe Airtel….

  • Shaiju July 22, 2011 7:07 pm

    F***em!

  • vijay July 22, 2011 7:03 pm

    Airtel sabse bekar operater hai sabse zyada dimag isike kharab hai
    Iska call rate to pehle se hi kafi zyada hai [punjab circle mein]
    Aur ab is rate hike ko dekhkar doosre operater bhi rates hike kar denge in circles mein
    Airtel ka bas chale to ye call rate 100 Rs per minute kar de

  • Amit.G July 22, 2011 7:03 pm

    Its a good move by airtel, from 2 years telecom companies are facing huge problem wit respect to increased cost of operations and reduced tariffs. This will kill the company and stop it from making further investments on network upgradation and coverage. Its for sure that idea and vodafone will soon hike tier tariffs. After all with diesel prices goin up every now and then and lack of spectrum whic has forced operators to install tower every 150 meters in metros should be covered.

  • Keshav Jha July 22, 2011 7:03 pm

    Airtel will face challenges like Nokia due to high price despite having quality.

  • PD July 22, 2011 7:02 pm

    The “wave” is arrived now ! Others will test the waters for a while. However the seed of tariff hike is sown, as procrastinated by few others . If put it in other way – think of cartelling ! Their justification- ” We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services” – is weak & meek !

  • junaid July 22, 2011 7:02 pm

    in kerala airtel have poor coverage if they hike the tariff customer will port out from airtel sure

  • Zeeshan July 22, 2011 6:54 pm

    And also 1.20p/sec for all local and STD calls in pay per sec segment.

  • Vicky July 22, 2011 6:52 pm

    It will sure affect the normal users who dont use any booster cards