Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal Launches MTNL’s Free Roaming Service for Mumbai and Delhi, BSNL to charge Rs.1 Per Day

Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) today officially announced the launch of FREE Roaming Service between Mumbai and Delhi for its postpaid and prepaid mobile customers which will be available from this Republic day  i.e. 26 January, 2014 without any charges as shared earlier.

MTNL Free Roaming Launched by Kapil Sibal

Union telecom minister Kapil Sibal today announced MTNL’s FREE Roaming service in a press conference in Mumbai, with this launch Free Roaming services between Mumbai and Delhi MTNL’s 35.75 lakh 2G and 3G mobile customers can enjoy FREE Unlimited incoming calls while roaming in own circles (Mumbai/Delhi) without any recharge or STV, all outgoing calls will be charged at existing  roaming rates.

Apart from MTNL,  BSNL will launch a new national roaming plan for Unlimited free incoming calls while roaming across India, but customers will have to pay  Rs.1 per day to avail the benefit of free roaming facility facility which will be announced soon .

MTNL is a state-owned telecommunications service provider, operating  in the metro circles – Mumbai and Delhi.

Presently all mobile service provider including private telecom operators like Airtel, Vodafone, Relaince Idea etc offer roaming plans under which, for a monthly or daily fee starting Rs.5, people get all incoming calls without roaming charges.

While MTNL’s Mumbai customer will not have to pay any extra charge or dialy/monthly fee for Roaming calls when they travel to Delhi, and same scheme will apply for its Delhi customers.

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  • karan March 24, 2014 7:05 pm

    What stupid policy why do treat mumbai and maharashtra as different circles ?and have one license as in case of tamil nadu and chennai which now operates as once circle ,so that one circle can have once mnc, Here in mum and mah some operators like vodafone , idea charge more while moving vice versa circles.And the biggest joke is peopel from mah and mumbai circles dont have cheap calling but if you look at mtnl mumbai and mtnl delhi they are providing cheap call between mum and delhi.i belive government should have one licencefor mumbai and mah circle ? so that operators dont have to worry about different prodving 3g in mum and not in mah eg airtel people of both mum and mah will benefit and specially those willl benefit who lives in vasai virar , ulhasnagar region close to mumbai circle where call will drop when move from mum to mah .

  • kaushi February 1, 2014 11:18 am

    lol. just mumbai MTNL customers will get free incoming roaming in delhi and vice versa. nothing more

  • kamal January 29, 2014 3:45 pm

    Any news about bsnl roaming when it is going to come and review of mtnl roaming

  • kamal January 28, 2014 10:07 am

    Any one heard about bsnl roaming when will kapil sibal will announce free roaming for bsnl mtnl was in two telecom circle so they with out any fuss but bsnl opertates in remaing circle so we have to wait to see when will that happen both are psu company one has announced but other is making people wait

  • Ajay Mishra January 27, 2014 5:01 pm

    @ Swapnil (Pune)

    “ZeRO RoAMING SiBAL”! Ha Ha Ha! LOL!


  • S.Sudhakar January 27, 2014 4:10 pm

    This news became false in case of BSNL. Booooooo telecomtalk – spreading false news for 26th January 2014.

  • Zeeshan January 27, 2014 3:13 pm

    Any MTNL user please share your experience. Whether STV is working in roaming or not?

    • Rushabh January 27, 2014 4:11 pm

      Its a trap zeeshan
      bcuz MTNL mumbai will have free roaming if he is to visit delhi…and vice versa
      And MTNL is used by mid range people…Here in mumbai all high class people either use airtel or vodafone…
      So people visiting delhi from mumbai using MTNL will be 0.1%
      You will not get even a single customer abt the info

  • Swapnil (Pune) January 27, 2014 2:21 pm


    • Rushabh January 27, 2014 2:33 pm


    • S.SUDHAKAR January 28, 2014 2:00 pm

      Why are you calling zero roaming sibal?. Call him 49-O (NOTA) sibal. We all must vote under 49-O in all the elections to teach a lesson to the shameless looting politicians till they correct themselves.

  • kamal January 27, 2014 2:19 pm

    Any news when bsnl is going to make roaming free or kapil sibal will tell when the roaming will be free

  • Batman January 26, 2014 10:27 am

    no update about it in official website..

    • S.Sudhakar January 26, 2014 9:49 pm

      I think this may be false / prank news that has spread acrodd all news websites. I think it is a January fool prank (just like April fool prank) !!!. LOL LOL.

  • kamal January 26, 2014 10:13 am

    No news fron bsnl till now about roaming any one heard anything about that or not and when the plans will come for roaming

  • SS January 25, 2014 9:23 pm

    Maybe he was an idiot. Just check the website of vodafone maharashtra and goa and you would know what is correct. International roaming is pre activated on prepaid. Now, your friends weren’t able to connect to local networks because
    1. Technical problem
    2. Your friends haven’t selected Vodafone services>international roaming>international (this option isn’t present for delhi customers) good luck!

    • Sagar January 25, 2014 10:46 pm

      Saw now
      Didnt expect this reply from Vodafone CC

  • Abhishek January 25, 2014 2:46 pm

    thanks 4 reply.. Then if i recharge with stv 135 which gives 350min local and std calls. Will work in roaming. Means i can call to my homecircle by using 350 min.

    • zeeshan January 25, 2014 3:28 pm

      yes. If BSNL totally abolishes roaming. otherwise there can be many terms and conditions….

    • SOFTDINA January 25, 2014 5:31 pm

      135 STV is applicable only at home. not for other circles..

  • SS January 25, 2014 2:23 pm

    Where are you dude? Get some current telecom news. International roaming on prepaid is pre activated on airtel, vodafone, aircel. Just when you step in another country, prepaid international roaming would start that moment with 99/month (150 in some circle)

    for delhi, here goes the scenario
    1. Airtel- I/C, O/G DATA on selected network
    2. Vodafone- same
    3. Reliance- N/A
    4. Idea- ???
    5. Aircel- same as airtel
    6. Dolphin- ???

    For up east-
    1. Airtel – N/A
    2. Vodafone- I/C only
    3. Idea- N/A
    4. Cellone- N/A
    5. Tata docomo- I/C, O/G DATA on selected networks
    6. Uninor- Same
    7. Reliance- N/A
    8. Aircel- I/C only

    • Sagar January 25, 2014 7:50 pm

      I called now to vodafone care…I am from maharashtra circle….They said u cant start international roaming over prepaid u have 2 take minimum rental postpaid connection….Then i said that my friend (i.e you) from delhi circle wen to USA and then he could do I/C &O/G…then they like fool said if u r going USA then u do it on u r own risk they dont have any idea abt it he even connected me to some head over there even he said the same….

  • Zeeshan January 25, 2014 12:36 pm

    Stv 44 will work for local numbers of gujarat. After visiting gujarat bihar will become STD circle for you. Any Std STV will work for calling bihar from gujarat for you if roaming is fully abolished.

    • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 3:26 pm

      Well said.

      If India is treated as one circle (all circles merging into one circle called Indian telecom circle), then only Rs.44 benefit will be applicable for calls all over India.

      At present even if roaming is abolished, home network local boosters will work only within the destination state which you are roaming (home like roam) because each state is treated as a seperate circle and the destination state becomes local for you and the home network state becomes STD for you.

      If you have enabled local and STD at Rs.0.35 per minute home network voucher, then you can make calls from and to anywhere in India at Rs.0.35 per minute.

  • Zeeshan January 25, 2014 12:30 pm

    After visitng gujarat your local circle will be gujarat not bihar. Bihar becomes STD circle. All std STV may work for bihar from gujarat. Your STV of 44 may work for local numbers of gujarat if roaming charges are totally abolished. If you visit MP. MP will be considered your local circle for that STV of 44.

  • spiderman January 25, 2014 11:55 am

    Heard BSNL also Roaming completely FREE like MTNL. True ??

  • Abhishek January 25, 2014 11:17 am

    in bsnl i want to knw one thing that bcoz of 1rs/day. Can i have benefits of local like charges. I mean if i have recharged stv 44 for all local call 1.2p/2sec in bihar and i goes in roaming to gujrat by activating this 1rs/day plan. Then can i call to bihar as using 44 stv i.e. 1.2p/2sec from gujrat. Means will my stv tariff of local work. Say clearly yes or no.

  • Abhishek January 25, 2014 11:09 am

    i want to knw one thing that bcoz of 1rs/day. Can i have benefits of local like charges. I mean if i have recharged stv 44 for all local call 1.2p/2sec in bihar and i goes in roaming to gujrat by activating this 1rs/day plan. Then can i call to bihar as using 44 stv i.e. 1.2p/2sec from gujrat. Means will my stv tariff of local work. Say clearly yes or no.

    • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 3:17 pm

      How is it possible man?. Even if home like roam comes, each state is being treated as one circle. So because of this, if you are using Rs.44 STV (offersing local calls at Rs.0.012 for 2 seconds) and travelling to Gujarat, then you can call only within Gujarat at Rs.0.012 for 2 seconds. Calls to Bihar will be charged as per base tariff plan for STD calls.

      Note that you can call anywhere in India from other state at Rs.0.012 for 2 seconds using Rs.44 home network STV only if whole India is treated as one circle (call anywhere in India at local rates). This decision has to be taken by the government.

    • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 3:19 pm

      Each state is treated as one circle = each and every state is treated as one circle (West Bengal + Kolkata as one circle, Tamilnadu + Chennai as one circle, Karnataka as one circle and so on)

  • Kingston January 25, 2014 9:35 am

    BSNL move should give huge pressure to Private operators. Here i will explain real looting of Airtel and vodafone. On july 13, all operators launched six month free roaming pack at around rs.200 but vodafone did not launch because it gives effective monthly rate of 30 rupees. And airtel first launched then they withdraw that six month pack. They dont want to give roaming pack at 30rs but BSNL this daily rental gives pressure

  • Kingston January 25, 2014 9:26 am

    Instead of free incoming MTNL should merge Mumbai and delhi circle into one circle like chennai and tamilnadu. Then only customer can enjoy the real free roaming benefit.

  • Kingston January 25, 2014 9:23 am

    Roam like home concept is different from roaming between tamilnadu and chennai. Dont compare both mr.sudhakar

    • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 3:11 pm

      Roam like home is followed between Tamilnadu and Chennai circles under all operators. Roam like home (Indian concept, not applicable for international roaming) means, get / carryover the current home network benefits while roaming. Right?.

  • Ishwar January 24, 2014 8:08 pm

    BSNL also have to follow the path led by MTNL.. It should also have to provide free Incoming in all circles including Delhi and Mumbai…
    Then only it can won the heart of Millions..

    • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 11:29 pm

      Already the BSNL mobile has lost the heart of billions because of shameless customer care, no fixed plans (have to recharge with some plan voucher every 6 months for all plans, no international roaming in prepaid, no email of higher authority, not attending the phone calls in the local exchange even after 10 AM and at 04:45 PM).

      • Sagar January 25, 2014 12:17 pm

        So u are saying no international roaming for prepaid customers in BSNL….so i wanted to ask which operator gives u international roaming for prepaid?
        Also the tariff for BSNL in international roaming is cheapest of all. ….
        And if u r a big fan of private companies then why r u using BSNL there is MNP u can go nd get u r card….
        Visit u r circle website for indtance if u r from karnataka circle its there will find Grievence lodging…there if u fill u r problem i guarantee u, u r valid problem will be solved within 5-7 days i.e after loging complaint aftrr 3 days u will get a call from them say them u r problem

        • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 2:10 pm

          I think prepaid international roaming is not available in BSNL at all the circles.

          International prepaid roaming is available in the Tamilnadu circle of the following operators :
          Airtel *, Aircel **, Vodafone *, Idea *, Tata docomo **

          * means – Tested. two way (incoming and outgoing calls and SMS) roaming is available and works in most of the countries
          ** means – Not tested and roaming is available only in selected countries

          In the above I am sure that Airtel, Aircel, Idea, Vodafone and Docomo provides international roaming for the prepaid numbers of all the circles.
          I think only Idea does not charge monthly rental for international roaming.

          Reason :
          My parents are in the Gulf and I send them more than 20 SMS per month regarding various matters. So incoming SMS is free for Indian numbers roaming abroad *. So sending SMS is free for me. If you tahe international roaming rental of Rs.99 (keep it as Rs.100) divided by Rs.5 (cost per international SMS), it comes 20 SMS **. But I send more than 20 SMS which is beneficial to me.
          * except for Airtel prepaid customers roaming in Rogers operator in Canada where each incoming SMS will be charged Rs.1 per SMS of 160 English characters.

          ** means the charge per SMS from Indian number to international number is Rs.5. Keeping in mind that I send 30 international SMS in a month, I would be charged Rs.150. But they are charging only Rs.99 as rental and it is beneficial to me. This is what I am coming to say.

          • SS January 25, 2014 2:55 pm

            Yes, bsnl doesn’t provide international roaming for prepaid in all circles.

          • Sagar January 25, 2014 7:58 pm

            Sry but i dont know abt it…
            Even i enquired vodafone care of maharashtra they denied me…
            But as per my knowledge it is not there for prepaid bcuz last may when i visited dubai all my friends were having vodafone airtel & idea too .All were prepaid n with balance more than 500rs but it didnt get activated even after doing manual selection…We were having Matrix card so used them
            And even i m not fan of BSNL but had to take BSNL bcuz it has the cheapest 3G here n also nly !dea 3G is availble over here except BSNL

  • Nirakar Panda January 24, 2014 4:14 pm

    Thanks to the Scheduled General Election in 2014.

    After a very long time its really a matter of Joy for all the telecom users to read about the Real Roaming Free.

    Lets Hope the Inter circle Roaming to come true by Early before the General Election 2019.

    What ever may be the background, a Great thing to Joy!!!

    • Nirakar Panda January 24, 2014 4:28 pm

      Mistakenly written as Inter circle Roaming, It should be Inter Circle Number Portability…

    • Radhika January 25, 2014 1:03 am

      If it Permanent then Gud..

      Else if goes just like GAS,Telcos will start reporting loss, right after election end,and then our Beloved Sibbal G,will stand in favour of them and roaming free will be history….

      • Nirakar Panda January 25, 2014 9:28 am

        Very Rightly Said…

        Because Nothing is Impossible in India!

        • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 2:22 pm

          Ya ya nothign is impossible (including corruption !!!). LOL LOL.

  • Kaushik Roy January 24, 2014 2:56 pm

    Vodafone have to buy 900 mhz spectrums in these two metros in coming months and they will be not happy with free roaming

    • SS January 24, 2014 10:38 pm

      It has nothing to do with vodafone as mtnl is the only operator who has made free roaming that too only within delhi and mumbai. Also trai has made it clear that it would not force operators to make incoming free while roaming as it would put a burden on operators. So as of now, nothing to worry for vodafone except the auctions.

  • ShaketS January 24, 2014 2:35 pm

    How to activate BSNL ?1 roaming pack via USSD or SMS ?? Or it will be activated by default !!
    Help me plz..

  • Mahesh Dhanavade January 24, 2014 12:45 pm

    What will be the charges for MTNL customers whiling roaming on Maharashtra BSNL circle?
    Did anybody have idea?

    • Pratham January 24, 2014 5:18 pm

      Roaming on BSNL Cell one in Maharashtra for Mumbai MTNL Customers
      1) I/C Free
      2) Outgoing Calls and SMS to Mumbai MTNL 0.50p
      3) Outgoing Calls to Other nos in Maharashtra & Mumbai @ Rs1.50
      4) SMS others no idea

      • Mahesh Dhanavade January 24, 2014 11:42 pm


  • Shubham January 24, 2014 12:44 pm

    DOT &TRAI should make compulsary for all operators to make roam free all over india without any STV’s…..

  • Navnath January 24, 2014 12:42 pm

    Good move…People saying that BSNL should feel shame but people see that MTNL is providing service in 2 circles i.e Mumbai & Delhi so its possible for them to do it….BSNL has 23circles to provide service & then too its charging nly Rs1 per day which is very cheap on comparing to other providers who are charging 5rs per day i.e 150permonth…while in BSNL u have to pay 30permonth i.e 1/5th cost then why blaim

    • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 1:13 pm

      I am ready to pay even Rs.5 per day in BSNL. But I must get the below benefits while roaming :

      > Home network booster pack benefits if enabled must be valid in roaming also (if I have enabled all local at Rs.0.30 per min benefit in Tamilnadu, I should get the same benefit – all local calls at Rs.0.30 per minute within karnataka when roaming in karnataka) just like the SMS packs without any extra charges or reduction in the validity.

      • Navnath January 24, 2014 1:44 pm

        Yeah if u do that roam frer pack then All STV’s will work in any circle u visit
        Hope the clarification is done to u

      • Zeeshan January 24, 2014 2:27 pm

        Local tariff will apply in other circles.

      • Rushabh January 24, 2014 4:47 pm

        What navnath said is right that u r STV’s will work if u have done the roam free stv…if u have not done any xtra STV (leaving the roam free STV) u r base charge will be 1.5p/sec in BSNL network nd i dont know abt the MTNL network

        • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 10:07 pm

          You are talking in the case of BSNL number. Ok. I am using NESAM GOLD PLAN in Tamilnadu circle whose standard roaming tariffs are less than roamfree plan. Visit

          So I don’t want to change the base tariff plan to avail booster packs while roaming. If BSNL is allowing SMS and data packs in national roaming (I don’t know whether they will work in MTNL network), then why can’t it allow the voice booster benefits?.

          • Rushabh January 24, 2014 11:08 pm

            No need to change the base plan….Just do a STV’s of roam free i.e 5rs per day or 33rs a week or 69rs for a months This amount is for Maharashtra circle dont know abt u r circle….
            So i think now u r getting what i said…

            • S.SUDHAKAR January 25, 2014 7:50 am

              Oh. You are talkinh about temporary roamfree plan?. Understood. They are offering similar plans here also.

              But BSNL did not officially declare that voice boosters will work in roaming also.

              • Rushabh January 25, 2014 9:50 am

                Yeah they r not officially declared but last week i go to jaipur i had done 33rs 1 week roam free plan & also my 135rs 350min pack was der so when i was calling it was going from my 135rs voice pack

              • S.Sudhakar January 25, 2014 2:33 pm

                To Rushabh :

                See this file. Go to the 3rd page and read the conditions mentioned under th 345 combo voucher. Read the second point ‘The reduced rate in case of Voice call & video call will be available while in Home LSA only’.

                What to you say for this?.

  • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 12:19 pm

    Please do not mention free roaming as general. Specify if home network booster cards will be valid in national roaming (roam like home network). I am telling this many times. You are not correcting yourself !!!.

    • Sanjay Bafna January 24, 2014 12:31 pm

      Its not “booster cards type scheme” as you are saying, Its Free Roaming in Mumbai and Delhi from MTNL for its users as in heading and news content.

      • Dhan January 24, 2014 12:50 pm

        I guess many people like Sudhakar wld want to know if free-roaming implies ONLY JUST free-uncoming and NOTHUNG more. IDEALLY free-roaming would imply outgoing call charges are same both in home-circle as well as while roaming.. So one would wxpect that kind of clarity from Sanjay in addition to reproducing the news from service provider verbatim.

        • Sanjay Bafna January 24, 2014 1:26 pm

          Its simple, see all outgoing calls are chargeable even in Home Network so the same tariff is applicable while roaming and incoming calls are free same as Home and Roam. For this Mumbai-Delhi roaming No boosters or STV required and by default it will be available to all prepaid and postpaid subscriber of MTNL.

          • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 1:29 pm

            Instead of free roaming, you must have mentioned as ‘roam like home network’ or ‘roam like home’. Thats all. Why this much confusions?.

            Roam like home is not available in any operator in India (on PAN India basis) as for now.

          • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 1:47 pm

            So you are coming to say that MTNL customers are going to experience on net home like roam (like Chennai – Tamilnadu, West Bengal – Kolkata) facility?.

            • Sanjay Bafna January 24, 2014 1:56 pm

              lol, Thats your word not our /my!

              West Bengal and Kolkata – One state, Chennai – Tamilnadu and UP East- UP West are also one state but two circles and free incoming calls with in the state is as per NTP.

              but Mumbai and Delhi are NOT One State, so this ‘Free Roaming” services is not like that whatever you think.

              • S.Sudhakar January 24, 2014 4:45 pm

                Only Tamilnadu Idea, Reliance GSM and Docomo have same MCC (same network) in Tamilnadu and Chennai.

                Tamilnadu and Chennai is virtually treated as one circle. Both circles actually have networks with different MCC. Till now we cannot use the recharge card PIN of Tamilnadu operator (Airtel for example) to recharge the number of the same operator (Airtel for example) in Chennai.
                And calling Chennai Aircel customer care (9841012345 or 9841056789) from Tamilnadu number when in Tamilnadu is still chargeable as per on net calling rate !!!.