How Mobile Tariffs Are Falling Silently in India?

How Mobile Tariffs Are Falling Silently in IndiaIn a competitive market price is very important to customers to choose a service. Similarly in Indian mobile market there is always some kind of subtle tariff war.

Recent addition of tariff war is lead by Airtel who once hiked the tariff and everyone followed them blindly. But this time incumbent players like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea (in their top circles) are entering into tariff cut in a very silent way.

This time they are pushing STV usage among its customers with some special vouchers which offer 1paisa per 2 seconds or 30paisa per minute local calling rate.

Now most of their local or Local + STD calling at 30p/min (in minute pulse or second pulse) are coming with 30 days of validity. The newer players like Uninor come up and adds a STV for its customers to call any local number at 30p/min for 90 days they are playing validity game.

This silent tariff war has another side of coin cutting down onnet call rate to 10p/min or less this strategy is more or less followed by all operators. Incumbent players have their strategy to get new customers from rock bottom tariff offering new players whose license got cancelled in February, 2012 and also to retain their existing customers.

But certainly this tariff war is not the fierce one which we saw during 2009-2010 with the launch of new operators.Next phase of tariff war will hit in the turf while new telecom policy sets in with zero roaming charge, pan India mobile number portability, reduction in call terminating charge and permission of VoIP. Pan India 4G spectrum holder Reliance Infotel may break the bottleneck of 20p/min call rate with ultra low VoIP charges.

Should tariffs fall further, now with India having the lowest call rates in the world will it be healthy for operators point of view do let us know via comments.

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  • anoop June 16, 2012 2:43 pm

    @arun
    KERALA BSNL gives the same (1ps/2sec all local calls)for RS 37 wef 19.6.2012…. another one Rs135 recharge gives 400Min local and std calls to any network for 30 days … which simply gives 33ps/min calls without any stvs…

  • anoop June 16, 2012 2:36 pm

    @krishnendu
    BSNL 1ps for 2 seconds all local calls STV37 in kerala wef 19.6.2012

  • Sudhakar June 14, 2012 8:59 pm

    Hey Joe,
    You are shocked to see the rate increase from Rs.0.01/s to Rs.0.012/s?. Hey, in Tamilnadu tata docomo has increased the call rate for landline to Rs.0.015/s. Yes. It is Rs.0.015/s now (except in Rs.35 juice up pack).

  • Joe June 13, 2012 6:10 pm

    i dont find so…. i am in MP for right now, BSNL have increased their SMS traiff & call rates from 1p/s to 1.2P/s, airtel too have raised… then where are they falling… instead they are increasing

  • Vijay June 13, 2012 1:49 pm

    Any best aircel ratecutter for local calls in chennai ?

  • Rajesh June 12, 2012 11:13 pm

    umesh :

    S.Sudhakar :
    To Jay (Chennai) :
    Hey. The topic is about the boostr packs offering Rs.0.30 per minute rate to local calls, local mobile call, STD call and STD mobile calls.
    Aircel’s local offnet (mobiles only) at Rs.0.40 per min is costly compared to Rs.0.30 per min offering by other operators. Videocon offers ALl LOCAL CALLS at Rs.0.25 per min without any FUP for Rs. 25 STV which is valid for 30 days. I agree that the coverage of Videocon is present only at town and city limits.

    can u please tell how to reduce call rates (local & std) in tamilnadu bsnl prepaid

    Recharge(BSNL) with RS.135 STV gives 400 Min Loc/STD Any net. Effective call rate is about 33 paise

  • Ranajit June 12, 2012 10:53 pm

    In West Bengal BSNL provides all Local @30p/min for Rs.55/- for 30 days.
    The 135 for 400 mins (any local) has not started till date.

  • umesh June 12, 2012 10:32 pm

    S.Sudhakar :
    To Jay (Chennai) :
    Hey. The topic is about the boostr packs offering Rs.0.30 per minute rate to local calls, local mobile call, STD call and STD mobile calls.
    Aircel’s local offnet (mobiles only) at Rs.0.40 per min is costly compared to Rs.0.30 per min offering by other operators. Videocon offers ALl LOCAL CALLS at Rs.0.25 per min without any FUP for Rs.25 STV which is valid for 30 days. I agree that the coverage of Videocon is present only at town and city limits.

    can u please tell how to reduce call rates (local & std) in tamilnadu bsnl prepaid

  • jeet June 12, 2012 8:23 am

    in bihar aircel is chepest plan,
    but networ very poor,
    cc are nt intersted when say poor network,i thik sasta ka maal kharab hi hota h,thats true

  • deb June 11, 2012 10:26 pm

    krishnendu :

    deb :
    IN KOLKATA…… 1p/2secs(30p/min) local call rate promos for all operators……..
    vodafone-rc54-1p/2secs-30days
    reliance gsm-rc28-1p/2secs-90days
    airtel-rc54-30p/min-30days
    uninor-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc28-1p/2secs-60days
    aircel-rc36-1p/2secs-30days
    docomo gsm- rc29- 1st 30 secs @1p/sec then 30secs free in every min.-30days

    its clear that docomo is now cheating just opposite to their ads!

    yeah….its true…….

  • krishnendu June 11, 2012 8:06 pm

    deb :
    IN KOLKATA…… 1p/2secs(30p/min) local call rate promos for all operators……..
    vodafone-rc54-1p/2secs-30days
    reliance gsm-rc28-1p/2secs-90days
    airtel-rc54-30p/min-30days
    uninor-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc28-1p/2secs-60days
    aircel-rc36-1p/2secs-30days
    docomo gsm- rc29- 1st 30 secs @1p/sec then 30secs free in every min.-30days

    its clear that docomo is now cheating just opposite to their ads!

  • Esmail June 11, 2012 7:14 pm

    umesh :

    Esmail :
    MTNL mumbai is now only concentrating on reducing 3G tariffs, but what about the 2G voice and text tariffs? they dont have any STV to provide 1p/2sec call rate for Local off net calls, and their SMS packs are not too great either. Wake up MTNL there is more to telecom than just Data.

    bro was ur porting to mtnl successful? plz update ur mnp status

    Yes ported smoothly, no issues faced, using 3G with no problems regarding incompatibility of APN for ported numbers. Just wish they had more STV’s for providing 1p/2sec to other operators.

  • Jagan T June 11, 2012 6:37 pm

    @Aditya Singhvi
    Good analysis.

  • deb June 11, 2012 5:42 pm

    IN KOLKATA…… 1p/2secs(30p/min) local call rate promos for all operators……..

    vodafone-rc54-1p/2secs-30days
    reliance gsm-rc28-1p/2secs-90days
    airtel-rc54-30p/min-30days
    uninor-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc23-30p/min-90days
    idea-rc28-1p/2secs-60days
    aircel-rc36-1p/2secs-30days
    docomo gsm- rc29- 1st 30 secs @1p/sec then 30secs free in every min.-30days

  • shiv June 11, 2012 5:31 pm

    I have one question to TT team that.Vodafone has charged me of sending messages to toll free number 144 WHILE ON ROAMING .are these charges are justifieD

  • umesh June 11, 2012 3:08 pm

    Esmail :
    MTNL mumbai is now only concentrating on reducing 3G tariffs, but what about the 2G voice and text tariffs? they dont have any STV to provide 1p/2sec call rate for Local off net calls, and their SMS packs are not too great either. Wake up MTNL there is more to telecom than just Data.

    bro was ur porting to mtnl successful? plz update ur mnp status

  • bapu behera June 11, 2012 1:56 pm

    the base rate is same, they get the reduced money from STV’s by which they can reduce the call rate to 1p/2sec from 1.2p/sec.this is sofisticated way of chitting.

  • SHEKHAR June 11, 2012 12:58 pm

    @MaNoJ
    tell me about any gsm operator not cdma (mts & tata) which is providing 1p/2s call rata………????

  • novicefreak1 June 11, 2012 11:30 am

    Off all the fuss about booster packs, I guess BSNL IS THE COSTLIEST OPERATOR IN TERMS OF TARIFF AND PATHETIC IN TERMS OF QoS, the only plus is that it has 3G Spectrum in all the circles and covers major towns. It is still unclear how far ICRA will go and if its going to stay for ever, I am sure I am gonna switch from BSNL to others who provide better tariffs and QoS and with reasonable 3G coverage.

  • Sanjay Bafna June 11, 2012 11:13 am

    Aditya Singhvi :

    The drop in tariffs is good but here are areas which are not being touched by any of the incumbents and this is where the money lies.

    1] Postpaid consumers continue to be charged Service Tax beyond the cost of the service as opposed to Prepaid users for whom the Service Tax is included. This specific act of differential pricing will see action, the day an operator starts bringing parity in pricing here. BSNL and MTNL do it, but since they lose out on other factors this has never become a talked about feature.

    2] Today 3G rates have seen a reduction and the 2nd wave of pricing might prove to be a hit with consumers, but I think there’s one more wave expected. And this one will be about cramming more data into the package. While current schemes are good, in order for them to be truly subscribed and used, I think a 30-35% increase in data offered per recharge/billing cycle will be needed. The first company to offer 3GB of 3G data under Rs. 400 will see uptake in subscriptions and usage too directly impacting their ARPU positively and other factors. Of course they must allow consumers/subscribers repeat purchase of the plan in postpaid and prepaid.

    3] Compartmentalizing data is another feature which I think might change the dynamics of the industry. Just like SMS which has ‘local and national’ categories, compartmentalizing the data in offerings might actually see better management of network and increase the uptake of data services. VoIP being offered as an add on over and above the vanilla 3G/4G services I feel will allow users to not only define their usage better but also allow network providers to earn money. It will definitely make more sense than the current format of dual deduction.

    4] Offering devices on subsidy is something that requires a change in the license terms, but in due time, I think operators will themselves ask for this change as it will seem better to tie in customers to a contract and offer them deals instead of the current format. This in itself carries some caveats, but if done properly could see a lot of change for all parties involved.

    This is just my two cents really. Of course there are pitfalls and advantages to both, but with the way the market is headed, these 4 points will definitely see the light of day in our markets.

    +1

  • S.Sudhakar June 11, 2012 11:11 am

    To Jay (Chennai) :

    Hey. The topic is about the boostr packs offering Rs.0.30 per minute rate to local calls, local mobile call, STD call and STD mobile calls.

    Aircel’s local offnet (mobiles only) at Rs.0.40 per min is costly compared to Rs.0.30 per min offering by other operators. Videocon offers ALl LOCAL CALLS at Rs.0.25 per min without any FUP for Rs.25 STV which is valid for 30 days. I agree that the coverage of Videocon is present only at town and city limits.

  • Rupesh June 11, 2012 10:34 am

    Airtel providing 1/2sec. Tariff ! amazed to know that . Tell me in which circle they are giving such offers . In jharkhand call rate from airtel is as high as 1.3p/sec.

  • MaNoJ June 11, 2012 10:16 am

    SHEKHAR :
    BUT IN DELHI NO ONE IS PROVIDING CHEAP CALL RATE LIKE 1p/2s OR 30p min
    call charge is high in delhi….

    Dude, Look the tariff chart of MTS.

  • tamesh05 June 11, 2012 9:14 am

    mobile tariffs are not falling in delhi..don’t lie please

  • Tharun George June 11, 2012 8:17 am

    Mohamed Ismail :
    @mane
    Tharun, all these changes that you mentioned are post service charge revisions by central govt..i would say, docomo is still the very best when it comes to tariff rate and talktime offers..the gprs change you mention are still the best when you compare with the competition
    17-500mb-5 days
    49-1gb-21 days
    70-2.5gb-30 days
    and even the base tariff u mentioned, if i am not wrong is the same with all others as well, also when yoou buy a new sim and when u do the FRC, the 1.2 doesnt stays atleast till the validity ends…
    and by the new telecom guidelines, operators cannot give validity for more than 90 days for tariff cutters…
    and regarding full talktime offers..
    now u have FTT for 75….
    and for 145, you get 140 and for 180 you get a talktime of 190..isnt that great,i accept the changes u have mentioned but still i think they are offering good offers

    You have to consider one more factor, Coverage. They have worst coverage in the kerala.

    I recently ported to Idea, they offer 1p/3sec onnet and 1p/2sec offnet for 3 months without any recharge. FTT at 32, 52, 75, 147 and more. Same applies to vodafone and airtel too.

    For 2G Internet to have speed, coverage is also important. Aircel provides 3 days unlimited for Rs 14 and 1GB for 48 with 30days validity and Rs 97 unlimited for 30 days. I think this is the best in industry.
    Reliance also have good plans at Rs 248 20GB for 90 days.

    The time for docomo to solve a complaint is very high. Even after 1 month they have not solved my 3 complaints. Even though they have 3G license in kerala, they have 3G only in 4 or 5 cities. I have send several mails to them to launch 3G in my city for the last 1.5 years.

    Docomo coverage is very very poor. I get signal from 5KM away. All networks have coverage at near by town which is only 2km. I have been complaining for 4 years. Docomo representative even visited my house, still no new site to improve coverage.

  • Amol June 11, 2012 7:32 am

    Any stv for vodafone maharashtra??

  • SHEKHAR June 11, 2012 1:31 am

    BUT IN DELHI NO ONE IS PROVIDING CHEAP CALL RATE LIKE 1p/2s OR 30p min
    call charge is high in delhi….

  • jagan June 11, 2012 12:39 am

    Is there any new cheap ratecutter (local calls off net) launched in chennai by AIRCEL ? Their website is not updated regularly !
    Share best scheme in aircel (chennai) if possible !

  • jagan June 11, 2012 12:35 am

    AIRCEL IS POOR OPERATOR IN CHENNAI ! Nowadays their network drops many times and more congesion in calls , sometimes annoying sound ! If we complain to CC THEY WIL TEL TAT UR MOBILE IS PROBLEM , CHANGE THE SIM IN ANOTHER MOBILE AND TRY, LIKE TAT ! I have changed but the problem continuous ! THEY NEVER TAKES STEPS TO SOLVE IT !
    Aircel lost it’s value in recent times , b4 3-4 years it was super !

  • Sam June 11, 2012 12:13 am

    Voucher MRP Service Tax Processing Fee Validity Description
    STD Pack 18 0 18 8 Weeks (56 Days) All STD Calls @ Rs 1 per 3 Minutes
    ISD Pack 23 0 23 4 Weeks (28 Days) Call @ Rs. 7.1/Min to Nepal, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait & Bahrain
    ISD Pack 27 0 27 4 Weeks (28 Days) Call @ Rs. 1.5/Min to USA & Canada
    ISD Pack 28 0 28 4 Weeks (28 Days) Call @ Rs. 3.3/Min to Bangladesh, Malaysia Mobile & Thailand
    All Local Pack 29 0 29 4 Weeks (28 Days) All Local Calls @ 1paisa / 2 Seconds
    Local Idea Pack 34 0 34 4 Weeks (28 Days) Local Idea Calls @ 10p/Min
    National Pack 40 0 40 2 Weeks (14 Days) 100 National Minutes Free
    Local Idea Pack 55 0 55 4 Weeks (28 Days) Local Onnet @ 5p/Min
    Local Idea Pack 65 0 65 1 Week (7 Days) Local Onnet Free
    All Local Pack 69 0 69 12 Weeks (84 Days) All Local Calls @ 1paisa / 2 Seconds
    Local Pack 96 0 96 4 Weeks (28 Days) 700 Local Onnet Minutes + 300 Local Offnet Mobile Minutes Free
    Combo Pack 105 0 105 4 Weeks (28 Days) Local Onnet @ 5p/Min + 100 National Minutes Free for 15 Days
    STD Pack 120 0 120 2 Weeks (14 Days) 300 Minutes STD Calls Free
    Local Pack 196 0 196 4 Weeks (28 Days) 2000 Local Onnet Minutes + 700 Local Offnet Mobile Minutes Free
    Local Idea Pack 199 0 199 4 Weeks (28 Days) Unlimited Idea to Idea Free (11PM to 5:59PM) & 10p/Min from (6PM to 10:59PM)
    National Pack 22 0 22 1 Week (7 Days) 2800 National Seconds Free
    National Pack 75 0 75 4 Weeks (28 Days) 10000 National Seconds Free

  • Esmail June 10, 2012 11:31 pm

    MTNL mumbai is now only concentrating on reducing 3G tariffs, but what about the 2G voice and text tariffs? they dont have any STV to provide 1p/2sec call rate for Local off net calls, and their SMS packs are not too great either. Wake up MTNL there is more to telecom than just Data.

  • jitu shah June 10, 2012 9:55 pm

    VIDEOCON IS THE BEST IN STV RATE CUTTERS

  • vaneesh k v June 10, 2012 9:50 pm

    in kerala uninor give all local calls (include landline)half paisa per second at 11STV with 1 month validity
    3 month validy at 28STV
    TO ACTIVATE 1 MONTH OFFER *222*11#
    TO ACTIVATE 3 MONTH OFFER *222*28#

  • Jay June 10, 2012 9:45 pm

    Sudhakar :
    To Priya Ramalingam :
    R u from Tiruchengode?. Idea is waste in giving SMS packs (only maximum 75 SMS per day). Videocon rocks in Tamilnadu.
    Tamilnadu circle :
    Rs.0.30 per min local mobile calling plan is there in Tata docomo, Reliance GSM (but costly), Idea, Uninor, Videocon (Rs.0.25 per min and Rs.0.30 per min pack available seperately).
    Costly operators in Tamilnadu circle in terms of providing Rs.0.30 per min mobile calling pack :
    Aircel (costly – 3 months pack), Airtel Rs.168 (all mobiles within TN at Rs.0.30 per min – again costly), Vodafone (Rs.69 – TN mobiles at Rs.0.30 per min and STD mobiles at Rs.0.70 per min !!!!!).

    Hey Aircel had introduced RC 57 in TN circle which give A to A at 1p/3sec (20p / min) and A to Other local at 2p/3sec (40p / min) and STD at 1p/sec… The validity is 90 days… If you make many local calls, this will surely suit you…

  • chandra June 10, 2012 8:42 pm

    DOCOMO IN WEST BENGAL RS.38 FIRST 60 SEC @1P/SEC EVERYDAY AND THEREAFTER @1P/2SEC FOR 90 DAYS.

  • jeet June 10, 2012 8:28 pm

    aircel-13 rs 1/2 per sc 30 day.
    35 rs 1/2 per sc 90 day,

    doco-19 rs 1.2/2 sec 30 day

  • Aditya Singhvi June 10, 2012 7:57 pm

    The drop in tariffs is good but here are areas which are not being touched by any of the incumbents and this is where the money lies.

    1] Postpaid consumers continue to be charged Service Tax beyond the cost of the service as opposed to Prepaid users for whom the Service Tax is included. This specific act of differential pricing will see action, the day an operator starts bringing parity in pricing here. BSNL and MTNL do it, but since they lose out on other factors this has never become a talked about feature.

    2] Today 3G rates have seen a reduction and the 2nd wave of pricing might prove to be a hit with consumers, but I think there’s one more wave expected. And this one will be about cramming more data into the package. While current schemes are good, in order for them to be truly subscribed and used, I think a 30-35% increase in data offered per recharge/billing cycle will be needed. The first company to offer 3GB of 3G data under Rs. 400 will see uptake in subscriptions and usage too directly impacting their ARPU positively and other factors. Of course they must allow consumers/subscribers repeat purchase of the plan in postpaid and prepaid.

    3] Compartmentalizing data is another feature which I think might change the dynamics of the industry. Just like SMS which has ‘local and national’ categories, compartmentalizing the data in offerings might actually see better management of network and increase the uptake of data services. VoIP being offered as an add on over and above the vanilla 3G/4G services I feel will allow users to not only define their usage better but also allow network providers to earn money. It will definitely make more sense than the current format of dual deduction.

    4] Offering devices on subsidy is something that requires a change in the license terms, but in due time, I think operators will themselves ask for this change as it will seem better to tie in customers to a contract and offer them deals instead of the current format. This in itself carries some caveats, but if done properly could see a lot of change for all parties involved.

    This is just my two cents really. Of course there are pitfalls and advantages to both, but with the way the market is headed, these 4 points will definitely see the light of day in our markets.

  • Sreenivasa reddy June 10, 2012 7:38 pm

    The tarrifs should still decrease in india. Even some of the STV’s are available to certain circles only.

  • jigar June 10, 2012 6:43 pm

    Sudhakar :
    To Tarun :
    docomo has increased call rate to landlines. It is Rs.0.015 per second now (increased from Rs.0.01 then Rs.0.012 per second).

    Yes that is true,In Gujarat Tata docomo follow on idea,vodafone…In gujarat docomo gives Free usage 60000 seconds(1000 MINUTES)on recharge of STV198Rs.on only for local mobile but when gujarat customer local calling docomo to docomo number they diducted 1 seconds but on docomo to other no. they deducted 1.5 seconds from the usage free 60000seconds…
    Now Docomo costly Because it follows as Vodafone & Idea…

  • Keshav Jha June 10, 2012 5:42 pm

    Yes, it should be fall further. The operators can earn money by giving packages of services. Means XXX minutes in rs YYY, XXX GB data in rs YYY, unlimited calls in rs YYY etc.

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 5:39 pm

    To Tarun :

    docomo has increased call rate to landlines. It is Rs.0.015 per second now (increased from Rs.0.01 then Rs.0.012 per second).

  • Mohamed Ismail June 10, 2012 5:30 pm

    @mane
    Tharun, all these changes that you mentioned are post service charge revisions by central govt..i would say, docomo is still the very best when it comes to tariff rate and talktime offers..the gprs change you mention are still the best when you compare with the competition
    17-500mb-5 days
    49-1gb-21 days
    70-2.5gb-30 days

    and even the base tariff u mentioned, if i am not wrong is the same with all others as well, also when yoou buy a new sim and when u do the FRC, the 1.2 doesnt stays atleast till the validity ends…

    and by the new telecom guidelines, operators cannot give validity for more than 90 days for tariff cutters…

    and regarding full talktime offers..
    now u have FTT for 75….
    and for 145, you get 140 and for 180 you get a talktime of 190..isnt that great,i accept the changes u have mentioned but still i think they are offering good offers

  • krishnendu June 10, 2012 5:27 pm

    Amit Deb Biswas :

    indrajit :
    aircel worst network.

    yes boss!!! spectrum of aircel should be cancelled!!! vodafone is the best!!! 1p/2s for 30days for 34!!! if you apply trick u will get it for 90days!!!

    what trick?

  • Mohamed Ismail June 10, 2012 5:24 pm

    Tata Docomo- Kerala..All India 1ps/ 2 sec for 90 days @ Rs.80 and 30 days validity for the same benefit @ Rs.36….the first min of every day costs 1.5p/sec(i.e 90 ps for first min of every day..) if u have more than say 100 min(not exactly) of outgoing calls per month, this is a beneficial offer

  • krishnendu June 10, 2012 5:14 pm

    Tharun George :
    Docomo is still on the hike race. The operator who introduced 1p/ sec first time in the country is now basic tariff is 1.2p/sec.
    They have cut all full talk time offers and offer FTT only above Rs. 200. They also increased all GPRS pack price and reduced validity.
    Docomo is now the worst network with very poor coverage and high tariff.

    so right!they now invest all money to bogus ads!!

  • shibbu June 10, 2012 5:11 pm

    BUT IN DELHI NO ONE IS PROVIDING CHEAP CALL RATE LIKE 1p/2s OR 30p min
    call charge is high in delhi….

  • mane June 10, 2012 4:47 pm

    Aircel Rajasthan cheapest
    Stv-61(90days val)
    Lcl onnet 10p/m
    Lcl offnet 20p/m
    Std 40p/m
    Also full talktime on 100 and above.

  • Tharun George June 10, 2012 4:45 pm

    Docomo is still on the hike race. The operator who introduced 1p/ sec first time in the country is now basic tariff is 1.2p/sec.

    They have cut all full talk time offers and offer FTT only above Rs 200. They also increased all GPRS pack price and reduced validity.

    Docomo is now the worst network with very poor coverage and high tariff.

  • Soul June 10, 2012 4:44 pm

    In Kerala Airtel gives 1p/3sec on Rs. 39 recharge..Validity 30 days..

  • Tharun George June 10, 2012 4:43 pm

    In kerala Airtel is offer 1p/3sec (20p/min) STV39. Also 900min free for Rs 198 (22p/min).

    Other operators like Idea and vodafone has MNP offer Own network at 1p/3sec and other network at 1p/2sec.

  • Soul June 10, 2012 4:42 pm

    In Kerala Airtel gives 1p/3sec on Rs. 39 recharge..

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 4:30 pm

    Arun (kerala) :
    Well said.

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 4:29 pm

    To Priya Ramalingam :
    R u from Tiruchengode?. Idea is waste in giving SMS packs (only maximum 75 SMS per day). Videocon rocks in Tamilnadu.

    Tamilnadu circle :
    Rs.0.30 per min local mobile calling plan is there in Tata docomo, Reliance GSM (but costly), Idea, Uninor, Videocon (Rs.0.25 per min and Rs.0.30 per min pack available seperately).

    Costly operators in Tamilnadu circle in terms of providing Rs.0.30 per min mobile calling pack :
    Aircel (costly – 3 months pack), Airtel Rs.168 (all mobiles within TN at Rs.0.30 per min – again costly), Vodafone (Rs.69 – TN mobiles at Rs.0.30 per min and STD mobiles at Rs.0.70 per min !!!!!).

  • sajjad June 10, 2012 4:26 pm

    Tata has the lowest call rates, lowest internet packs,even roaming incoming free pack also.but NETWORK coverages n quality, internet speed is worst in tn n karnataka.

  • arun June 10, 2012 4:18 pm

    I don’t think it will continue because after the spectrum auction call rate will be increased and no more rate cutter will available that giving 1p/2sec.it will be 50p/1min or above.

  • Priya Ramalingam June 10, 2012 4:13 pm

    Aircel now days sux big time in Tamilnadu, best is Airtel and Idea in Tamilnadu

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 4:02 pm

    Amit Deb Biswas :

    Aircel is worst in WB. It is good in TN. Ok?.

  • Sham June 10, 2012 3:36 pm

    Docomo offering best call rates in industry but coverage not good

  • Amit Deb Biswas June 10, 2012 3:35 pm

    indrajit :
    aircel worst network.

    yes boss!!! spectrum of aircel should be cancelled!!! vodafone is the best!!! 1p/2s for 30days for 34!!! if you apply trick u will get it for 90days!!!

  • indrajit June 10, 2012 3:22 pm

    aircel worst network.

  • sachin June 10, 2012 2:43 pm

    tata docomo kerala offers 1 ps / 2 sec(30 ps/minute) for any local mobile calls at just rs 21 for 90 days

  • hari June 10, 2012 2:31 pm

    aircel bihar offar is 1paisa/2sec stv35 valdity 90days

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 2:17 pm

    To telecomtalk :

    The mobile tariffs are going high and not decreasing. Ok?. Most of the operators have increased the STD mobile call rate in booster cards to Rs.0.70 per minute. Check out Airtel’s Rs.168 (or something near that) booster card in Tamilnadu which gives All mobile calls within TN at Rs.0.30 per minute. All STD mobile calls at Rs.0.70 per minute and all landlines within India at Rs.1.00 per minute (from the previous rate of Rs.0.90 per minute) for 90 days.

    The only exception to the above is in the case of the booster card rates TN tata docomo, TN Uninor, TN IDEA and TN Videocon. Tatadocomo also increased the call rate to landlines (now it costs Rs.0.015 per second) by removing it it from local offnet and STD offnet category.

    What do you say for this?. If some operators have reduced, mention it clearly. Do not say in common.

  • AJAY DUTTA June 10, 2012 1:56 pm

    bhai apna apna business funda….. hume to sirf customer ki fyada se matlab hai…

  • Asit Paul June 10, 2012 12:30 pm

    We dont need local or on net lower tariff only.

    Its welcome if they revive the earlier 1p/s rate for all calls, which is now 1.2p/s.

  • max June 10, 2012 12:29 pm

    @Tarun
    there are several author in telecom talk, so the thought of the each author can be difference. whats the big deal in it. anyway what evere publish in telecom talk is not “Vidhi ka Vidhan”, readers may check it with other sites n all available sources. telecom talk is one of the source which relaying news smoother, faster and smarter way to us.

  • arun June 10, 2012 12:14 pm

    Now in Kerala Airtel give 1p/3sec for local mobile calling at rs.39 per month.

  • Sudhakar June 10, 2012 12:07 pm

    To telecomtalk :

    You only mentioned that mobile call rates will increase because of increased spectrum renewal fee(s) and forcing the GSM operators to change the frequency to 1800 MHz. Then now you are saying that mobile operators will reduce the tariffs.

    Is there any ‘UNDER THE TABLE’ dealing going on between you, TRAI and the DoT to change the news and publish?.

    • Tarun June 10, 2012 12:10 pm

      @Sudhakar – What i was trying to say is how Mobile Tariffs Are Falling Silently in India looking at the current market scenario !

  • Arun June 10, 2012 11:52 am

    But TATA DOCOMO is very quiet and negligent wrt their tariffs especially with all the guys reducing 3G tariffs by more than 70%.

    I think it’s high time they change their strategy to attract new customers and retain their old customers