Reliance Mobile Raises Call Prices by a quarter in four circles

Reliance Mobile Tariff HikeReliance Communications Ltd has raised call prices across four telecom circles and intends to extend the hike to all circles in coming days. 

Reliance hiked base call price to 1.5 paise a second from 1.2 paise, citing rising costs and lower competition.

The company has increased tariffs across Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Reliance Communications, with net debt of $6.4 billion, has underperformed major rivals in operating performance, as of today voice calls account for about 85 per cent of the telecom industry’s revenues.

The recent hike in diesel, which is used to run generators for generators for telecom towers, prices, steep increase in spectrum charges and high competition were eating into the revenues of the telecom companies.

The other operators in the country are likely to follow suit soon, currently voice calls account for about 85 per cent of the telecom industry’s revenues.

How do you look at this move from Reliance is it justifiable does this move make any big difference to end users do let us know via comments.

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  • techfrick September 28, 2012 7:11 pm

    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR :@techfrick Call Charges doesn’t matter at all. Whom will use A Mobile Service which is having no network coverage? BSNL is having Excellent connectivity. I agree their Quality lags but not coverage. In Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Odisha Uninor coverage is not available in most of the cities and villages in previous times. I don’t know about Maharashtra circle But in Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Odisha Uninor Has stopped it’s operations and Please without coverage no one will give QoS.

    Bsnl quality lags.. Recently i went to Bengaluru for office work & found bsnl is worst there. Though it has full network almost everywhere, call also connects but no sound as well as voice .. Each time i had to disconnect the call & call again to talk properly.. What is the use of full network strength then ?

  • PD September 27, 2012 6:12 pm

    Its SIMPLY foolish to think the customers will accept the rise ! The smart ones will make survey and use MNP route, wiser will wait for correction.

  • Idris September 23, 2012 6:39 pm

    They are bery foolish, they will lose more customers instead of earning more…they have to come with better offers and better services the quality of reliance is one of the worst it all about better coverage and call quality GPRS speed and quality if they can improve that customers will love to use their services I found their services pathetic so I ported out, GPRS was not connectimg easily and was very slow voice quality was just rubbish so I have seen around hundreds of customers leaving reliance in just few hours…

  • Anirban Das September 23, 2012 1:52 pm

    @Arka
    I have used Uninor Kolkata circle , 4 months ago. I don’t know the current status!!! It should be available!!!!!!!
    But, If not available now, then go to Kalyani, and buy a West Circle Uninor SIM !!!

  • Anirban Das September 23, 2012 1:46 pm

    @ ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR
    Go to remote vill of W.B. , there is worst coverage of BSNL, I waiting to port out from it, after 20 days of my bar!!! But, Airtel -Voda is awesome !!!!

  • Sudhakar September 23, 2012 12:17 pm

    To all :

    This a false reason for increasing the call rate. Not even 10% of the customers may use 3G (full fledged) from most of the mobile operators. So 3G is a failure in most of the operators. So to recover that cost these idiots are increasing the call rate. These idiots are also getting subsidised diesel for generators. Then why should they bother?.

    What about landline?. Even landline needs power. Landline tariffs have not been increased by BSNL since decades. Local call (landline to landline) is continuing at 180 seconds per pulse.

    These selfish operators want only money and not satisfied customers/

  • Sayan Chattopadhyay September 22, 2012 8:00 pm

    MA :
    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR
    techfrick and sayan are talking about THEIR circles, and people who live in those circles will know better about operators there. They will continue to use any operator of their choice as long as THEY are satisfied with it. Nobody can force anyone to use any service.

    u r absolutely ri8 bro. . . .

  • MA September 22, 2012 7:47 pm

    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR
    techfrick and sayan are talking about THEIR circles, and people who live in those circles will know better about operators there. They will continue to use any operator of their choice as long as THEY are satisfied with it. Nobody can force anyone to use any service.

  • ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR September 22, 2012 7:21 pm

    @techfrick
    Call Charges doesn’t matter at all. Whom will use A Mobile Service which is having no network coverage? BSNL is having Excellent connectivity. I agree their Quality lags but not coverage. In Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Odisha Uninor coverage was not available in most of the cities and villages in previous times. I don’t know about Maharashtra circle But in Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Odisha Uninor Has stopped it’s operations and Please without coverage no one will give QoS.

  • ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR September 22, 2012 7:21 pm

    @techfrick
    Call Charges doesn’t matter at all. Whom will use A Mobile Service which is having no network coverage? BSNL is having Excellent connectivity. I agree their Quality lags but not coverage. In Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Odisha Uninor coverage is not available in most of the cities and villages in previous times. I don’t know about Maharashtra circle But in Karnataka, Tamilnadu and Odisha Uninor Has stopped it’s operations and Please without coverage no one will give QoS.

  • techfrick September 22, 2012 6:29 pm

    Sayan Chattopadhyay :

    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR :@Sayan Chattopadhyay Do you know what? Uninor is still a rubbish network other telecom circles including West Bengal I Didn’t even find a single point of signal of uninor in interior rural area of asanasol district in west bengal where BSNL is having full signal strength

    hey i can also show you some areas where bsnl doesn’t have any coverage but uninor has full strength network. And for your information asansol is not a district, it’s a town. Which is good we should tell that good. And uninor is simply too good in wb and also improving day by day. Don’t make any foolish comment here. Bsnl is in wb from last 10years but uninor is here from just last 2years. So we should give them time. I have to travel a lot on NH34 and on that uninor has 100% coverage along with voda and airtel,no other has similar rate of coverage. And last thing I never ever need any coverage in any jungle.

    what do u do with full signal if u cant call for long times due to high callcharge in bsnl mobile ?
    The answer is “ no “.. So, what is the use of full signal

    uninor has the cheaper tariff . One can talk for hours with uninor & that makes a sense as the network is utilised.

    Now, come to a vital point i.e quality of service

    If u r a bsnl user, u might have faced a lot of disconnection , bad voice clarity despite of having full signal strength. In a word, bsnl has a worst quality of service..
    Now, uninor
    if u have used uninor , u might have seen uninor calls never disconnect (upto 75 minutes). They also have a very good voice clarity even in 1 signal bars. It means they have a better quality of service than bsnl mobile..

    Now, say, will u go for full signal or a good quality service ?

  • Saurabh September 22, 2012 4:34 pm

    Some media blogs suggests that Reliance is the first company to hike base rates to 1.5p/s. But Airtel has already hiked their base plan in Haryana from 1.5 to 1.5p/s from a month or so.

    Well it doesn’t matter whether they hike it to 2p/s or even more as both these operators are worst in Haryana circle. Recently Reliance de-activated their unused connections in July, 2012 and in Haryana their customer base fell from 4,360,164 million to 2,739,042 million only i.e a loss of 1,621,122 customers. This month also i.e for August, 2012 they reported a further decline of 24,342 subscribers from 2,739,042 to 2,714,700. This clearly shows that consumers in Haryana are not at all happy with Reliance CDMA or GSM and they are migrating to others.

    I think out of these 2,714,700 a large chunk must be on CDMA platform and they have less than a million GSM customers here.

    Their offers also failed to attract customers due to their bad network. I used Reliance for few months and never got signal inside home. Had to hang my dongle near window in order to use 2G. But since they capped 2G speed to 128Kbps here in May, I stopped using it. Now I no longer recharge my number.

    Tata is also operating on 1800MHz here but their network is far better from Reliance GSM except some rural coverage issues with TD. I stopped recharging TD as their 2G speed also become inconsistent. Currently on Idea.

    Kya yaar, saari companies ke SIM rakhe hai. Kabhi koi toh kabhi koi but BSNL only once in 6 months with Rs.42. lol

  • Praveen September 22, 2012 3:24 pm

    In Karnataka for RGSM with 95RC can get 1ps/2sec for 90 days for LOcal & STD

  • anupam September 22, 2012 2:28 pm

    MTS still at 1p/sec with full network in delhi

  • ved September 22, 2012 2:22 pm

    Still in 45Rs voucher gives 20p/min for 30 days and 66Rs gives 1p/2s for 90 days….

  • Sayan Chattopadhyay September 22, 2012 1:16 pm

    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR :@Sayan Chattopadhyay Do you know what? Uninor is still a rubbish network other telecom circles including West Bengal I Didn’t even find a single point of signal of uninor in interior rural area of asanasol district in west bengal where BSNL is having full signal strength

    hey i can also show you some areas where bsnl doesn’t have any coverage but uninor has full strength network. And for your information asansol is not a district, it’s a town.
    Which is good we should tell that good. And uninor is simply too good in wb and also improving day by day.
    Don’t make any foolish comment here.
    Bsnl is in wb from last 10years but uninor is here from just last 2years. So we should give them time.
    I have to travel a lot on NH34 and on that uninor has 100% coverage along with voda and airtel,no other has similar rate of coverage.
    And last thing I never ever need any coverage in any jungle.

  • Arka September 22, 2012 1:03 pm

    @Anirban Das
    agree with you.same here for my vodafone number.their service is still good for me and better network than AirTel.but,why they have done this non-sense thing,GOD knows!!

  • Arka September 22, 2012 12:58 pm

    ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR :@Sayan Chattopadhyay Do you know what? Uninor is still a rubbish network other telecom circles including West Bengal I Didn’t even find a single point of signal of uninor in interior rural area of asanasol district in west bengal where BSNL is having full signal strength

    Dnt talk like a rubbish!! BSNL is present in West Bengal circle from the year 2000. where UNINOR is come here less than 2 years. How can you hope the service will be same improved? they need some more time to give premium network quality in all rural areas.

    But,I assured you,that,if they get back their license they will implement 100% network Zone in WB & KOLKATA circle at 2013.They have several plans and it is one of them.I heard it from an top employee of UNINOR.

  • gursimran September 22, 2012 12:49 pm

    In my area aircel is collecting funds by activating packs video talkies etc by them selves. if customer complaint they do refund.. If not they keep on doing it.

  • Mayukh September 22, 2012 12:45 pm

    @sAm
    Uninor introduced many new packs also..now we get local U2U calls at 2paisa/minute at just Rs. 13/- for 30 days..any other operator not in miles of that..!!

  • ARJUN CHANDRASHEKAR September 22, 2012 12:13 pm

    @Sayan Chattopadhyay
    Do you know what? Uninor is still a rubbish network other telecom circles including West Bengal I Didn’t even find a single point of signal of uninor in interior rural area of asanasol district in west bengal where BSNL is having full signal strength

  • abhinav September 22, 2012 12:07 pm

    Hello, Can some one tell me. This increased in prices will be for existing postpaid users too?

  • Jagannath September 22, 2012 11:01 am

    The base tariff has been increased to 1.5p/sec from the earlier 1.2p/sec in Delhi-NCR Circle too.

  • Arka September 22, 2012 10:32 am

    Arijit :

    Arka :

    Arijit :

    sAm :While every telco is raising their tariffs, Uninor is lowering it ….!!Unlimited U2U pack which earlier costs Rs. 163 reduced to just Rs. 92only in Kolkata..& many more packs are reduced..Great Going..!!

    Sam can you tell me the other reduced packs ?

    Great going with Uninor.they also improved there network day-by-day.
    1>Rs.32-on-net 60000sec.(prev 53),val-30days.
    2>Rs.12-1p/30sec on-net calling(6am-11:59pm) and free calling(12am-5:59am)(prev 33),val-30days.
    3>Rs.92-unlimited on-net calling for 30days(prev-163/189).
    4>Rs.10-100min on-net for 15days,(prev-7days).

    Thanks
    can u tell me about the sms packs? any sms packs allowing more than 200sms /day?

    No,there are no such pack of UNINOR in kolkata circle.Thanks.

  • Sayan Chattopadhyay September 22, 2012 10:20 am

    Arka :
    Tata Docomo and Reliance are the worst companies I have ever seen.They both have no marketing strategy.they both follow each-other.They both are stupid as they do not know what is the key factors to improve their profit.They both increase tariff at the same time and without any thought!! I think they should leave the telecom business for others and relief the common people from their worst and less sensitive services.

    +1

  • Abhijith September 22, 2012 9:34 am

    All operators planning for tariff hike . . Not only Reliance Tata docomo too . .

  • Arora September 22, 2012 8:51 am

    Whose gonna use Rgsm,
    Last year I port out from Rgsm to Tata Docomo,
    Rgsm=BalanceDeductor,
    Worst Service Provider..

  • umesh September 22, 2012 8:31 am

    previously they used to charge 1.2p/s for incoming/outgoing in roaming as well but no a days they charge 1 rupee per min for incoming/local outgoing call and 1.50rs/min for outgoing std

  • Nikhil September 22, 2012 1:58 am

    I think that Tata Docomo, Aircel and Uninor can give tough competition to these three idiots Reliance,Idea and Vodafone in the price war.For Maharashtra state, Airtel had taken some good steps for customer benefits like they launched bonus card offering call rates 1p/2sec. but not enough to say fine. This is true that Tata Docomo, Aircel and Uninor have not enough coverage infrastructure but from this coverage issue i’m not loosing millions of rupees business, these Tata, Aircel and Uninor giving enough coverage to roam. After all who wants coverage in jungle yaar!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anirban Das September 22, 2012 1:02 am

    @ sunny
    Dear, most of region BSNL has problem, in my region max. time BTS remains down, but Voda+Airtel is always full network.
    We need cheaper and good service , and will go to them who gives this to us, it’s not BSNL.

  • sunny September 22, 2012 12:37 am

    COME TO BSNL IF U HAVE BRAIN,BSNL IS ALWAYS FOR PEOPLE OF INDIA, U ALL R SWITCHING B/W PRIVATE OPERATORS .. WHY NOT TO BSNL …. REMEMBER PRIVATE OPERATOR IS NOT FOR U , THEY R FOR THEMSELF ONLY …….. AAJ NAHI TOH KAL WO APNI AWKAT DIKHA DENGE..U SHOULD LEARN FIRST FROM INDIA’S MOVEMENT AGAINGST BRITISHERS..

  • Nikhil September 22, 2012 12:26 am

    I am porting from Reliance GSM to Aircel.Aircel offer 1p/2sec in just Rs.12/month in Maharashtra and more than full talktime also.

  • Anirban Das September 22, 2012 12:18 am

    Vodafone had blocked talking to Customer Care executive, only IVRS in West Bengal Circle. Bad bad step by Vodafone, …..

  • Anirban Das September 22, 2012 12:16 am

    @Arijit
    You need more than 200sms/day, better to use two SIM cards. ;) :P

  • Anirban Das September 22, 2012 12:15 am

    @Arijit
    You need more than 200sms/day, better to use to SIM cards. ;) :P

  • Asit Paul September 22, 2012 12:14 am

    Rcom GSM has costliest PayPerSec Plan Voucher in Assam/ NE @Rs 37 which offers all calls to mobile @1.2p/S and fixed lines @1.5p/s for 90 Days.
    While Aircel @Rs 20, Airtel @Rs 21 and Idea @Rs 12.

    Vodafone PayPerSec Plan Costs Rs.6 for 180 Days which is cheapest here.

  • Rupesh September 21, 2012 11:41 pm

    Doesn’t bother me at all after all who will continue with a service provider which cheats people and and most importantly a horrible network

  • Arijit September 21, 2012 11:27 pm

    Arka :

    Arijit :

    sAm :While every telco is raising their tariffs, Uninor is lowering it ….!!Unlimited U2U pack which earlier costs Rs. 163 reduced to just Rs. 92only in Kolkata..& many more packs are reduced..Great Going..!!

    Sam can you tell me the other reduced packs ?

    Great going with Uninor.they also improved there network day-by-day.
    1>Rs.32-on-net 60000sec.(prev 53),val-30days.
    2>Rs.12-1p/30sec on-net calling(6am-11:59pm) and free calling(12am-5:59am)(prev 33),val-30days.
    3>Rs.92-unlimited on-net calling for 30days(prev-163/189).
    4>Rs.10-100min on-net for 15days,(prev-7days).

    Thanks :)
    can u tell me about the sms packs? any sms packs allowing more than 200sms /day?

  • Arka September 21, 2012 11:26 pm

    Tata Docomo and Reliance are the worst companies I have ever seen.They both have no marketing strategy.they both follow each-other.They both are stupid as they do not know what is the key factors to improve their profit.They both increase tariff at the same time and without any thought!! I think they should leave the telecom business for others and relief the common people from their worst and less sensitive services.

  • Amit Kumar September 21, 2012 11:26 pm

    Yeh to seer mundate hi oley padni wali baat ho gayi. Abhi kuch dino pahle hi maine British company Vodafone ki ghatiya service se tang aakar Reliance ka SIM liya tha aur ab Reliance wale rate badha rahe hain. Par ek naa ek din rate to badhana hi tha kyonki paise ped par to lagte nahin. Aakhir kitne din nuksaan uthayenge.

  • Arka September 21, 2012 11:17 pm

    Arijit :

    sAm :While every telco is raising their tariffs, Uninor is lowering it ….!!Unlimited U2U pack which earlier costs Rs. 163 reduced to just Rs. 92only in Kolkata..& many more packs are reduced..Great Going..!!

    Sam can you tell me the other reduced packs ?

    Great going with Uninor.they also improved there network day-by-day.
    1>Rs.32-on-net 60000sec.(prev 53),val-30days.
    2>Rs.12-1p/30sec on-net calling(6am-11:59pm) and free calling(12am-5:59am)(prev 33),val-30days.
    3>Rs.92-unlimited on-net calling for 30days(prev-163/189).
    4>Rs.10-100min on-net for 15days,(prev-7days).

  • krishnan September 21, 2012 11:10 pm

    its not a shock.it is predictable with private operators.They previously increase from 1ps to 1.2 ps now to 1.5ps.nothing shocking.BSNL is still having 1ps for 1sec.

  • hitesh September 21, 2012 10:57 pm

    Reliance doing well in punjab… also 3G services are far better than any other operator.

  • santosh September 21, 2012 10:31 pm

    Aise bhi Reliance ko puchhta kaun hai… woh toh Tel lene chala gaya… hahaha

  • Sayan Chattopadhyay September 21, 2012 10:30 pm

    i have uninor………which is going gr8 in wb………..

  • Arijit September 21, 2012 10:29 pm

    sAm :While every telco is raising their tariffs, Uninor is lowering it ….!!Unlimited U2U pack which earlier costs Rs. 163 reduced to just Rs. 92only in Kolkata..& many more packs are reduced..Great Going..!!

    Sam can you tell me the other reduced packs ?

  • Abhijith September 21, 2012 9:54 pm

    Reliance ha ha ha

  • Ranajit September 21, 2012 9:45 pm

    The very worst Plans from the very worst Service Provider. Time to port out of RELIANCE GSM by sensible customers.

  • R R Kumar September 21, 2012 9:34 pm

    Its better to overtly increase the tariff rather than covert balance deductions….probably the new management is serious about improving the image of the company

  • sAm September 21, 2012 9:12 pm

    While every telco is raising their tariffs, Uninor is lowering it ….!!

    Unlimited U2U pack which earlier costs Rs. 163 reduced to just Rs. 92only in Kolkata..

    & many more packs are reduced..

    Great Going..!!

  • aditya iyer September 21, 2012 8:30 pm

    people would now start dumping docomo and reliance…since they offer similar tariff why would one bear with their terrible network?

  • SRINIVAS September 21, 2012 8:23 pm

    so the price rise has started, it was bound to happen , hope uninor and MTS stays to give competition