Tariff hike takes a new lead as Airtel has increased the base tariff to Rs 2 per minute. Airtel, India’s largest mobile operators is going to extend this new tariff in all circles in two months.
It is almost certain that other biggies especially Vodafone and Idea will revise their tariff as per as Airtel’s moves. For last couple of months Airtel, Vodafone and Idea are hiking tariffs – be it base tariff, or special recharges or data packs or sms packs. Some believe that this tariff hike comes in line of Govt’s upcoming ruling to offer free roaming.
Others like BSNL and MTNL are also following these trend, but not sure how it is helping BSNL. Some carriers like Reliance, Tata Docomo, Aircel, MTS, Uninor, Videocon hike the tariff marginally.
Now as this is just base tariff of Rs 2 per minute, you can still enjoy low cost call rates like 30paisa per minute with special tariff vouchers. Operators have to offer STVs as there is demand for it. But I believe there will be hike on STV prices too.
Airtel Spokesperson cites “There is no change in the headline tariff. In most circles we have reduced promotional benefits and free minutes on both acquisition and existing usage. We are committed to enhance value for our customers through continued investments in network, technology, customer experience and life enriching services.”