Airtel – Loop Mobile Deal Hampered by DoT, What it means to Loop Customers ?

The Department of Telecom (DoT) could hamper the Airtel-Loop merger after all, as it will soon start sending out notices to Loop Mobile’s subscribers to switch to another operator before the company’s permit expires in November.

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Bharti Airtel and Loop Mobile had signed a definitive agreement in June 2014, where Airtel would acquire Loop Mobile’s subscribers and assets for a rumoured Rs 700 crore price tag. However, the government fears that with the acquisition it will lose a chunk of easy money from number portability. Currently, when a user voluntarily ports their number from one operator to another, they are charged Rs 19 out of which one percent goes to the government. The government does not want to lose this money, if it allows Airtel to assimilate Loop Mobile’s subscribers. Note that Loop Mobile, which operates solely in Mumbai has three million users and Airtel has around four million users in Mumbai alone. The merger could have made Airtel the largest operator in Mumbai in terms of subscriber base.

There are two ways of looking at the hindrance caused by DoT. Airtel might have valued Loop Mobile taking its subscriber base into consideration, apart from its 25,000 cell site, essentially making the offer much more expensive for Airtel. If you look from DoT’s point of view, it if offering Loop Mobile’s subscribers a choice to port out to any other operator. I was one of the Loop Mobile subscriber to port out to Vodafone as soon as the news hit my ears. Having said that, considering the situation, Airtel could easily do a revaluation of the company for acquisition just based on its remaining assets.

PS: Airtel and Vodafone has already begun calling Loop Mobile subscribers to port number to their network.

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NAND KISHORE KAPOOR
November 17, 2014 10:52 am 10:52 AM

As loop is merged with airtel , i wish to know that how i will get refund of credit balance with loop as we don’t get the response from the phone number given on the bill

imahesh
October 13, 2014 1:56 pm 1:56 PM

Finally i got official sms from loop mobile which is

“Dear Subscriber we will shortly conclude the arrangement for transferring all customers of Loop Mobile to Airtel. We thank you for your patience & support.

October 12, 2014 9:18 pm 9:18 PM

@prtham i recd sms on mobile frm loop. All loop nos will transfer to airtel within couple if days…. And how ur rcom 99 plan billing plan. Any unwanted deduction ?? I am gng finally 4 rcom

Pratham
October 14, 2014 6:24 pm 6:24 PM

@Shashi its my 4th Bill in Reliance GSM LOOP_MNP99 plan till now they have shown transparency in my bill

Nirmal
October 16, 2014 12:15 am 12:15 AM

Hi Pratham, just wanted to know how unbilled amount is calculated in case we use 3g data service till 1gb which is free in this plan

Pratham
October 16, 2014 11:53 am 11:53 AM

They Don’t have any such USSD code to display unbilled amount but they notifies you when you reach the limit of 90% and then 100% post that they sends you SMS that You will be charged 10p/10kb for next 50 Mb and 1p/10kb post 50mb

Nirmal
October 17, 2014 12:51 am 12:51 AM

Thanks Pratham for the info. I have got Rs1000 credit limit for unbilled amount but per MB it is charging 10Rs. So if I use 100 MB than it will cross my credit limited of 1000 but if I consumes 1024 (1GB) data then unbilled amount would be Rs 10,000.00. It happens with you also? Please reply till now i have used only 20 MB and it is showing 198Rs as unbilled amount

Pratham
October 17, 2014 9:06 am 9:06 AM

I don’t have any Idea about it i always check data usage through MY ACCOUNT

idea88
October 30, 2014 11:44 pm 11:44 PM

prthm same case like nirmal with me. my ac not shows any data. will my bill waived?

Nirmal
November 3, 2014 9:01 am 9:01 AM

Hi Idea88 and pratham,

Yes, bill was on pro data basis and Rs 578.00 was waived off. So just we need to inform the executive (where we submitted documents.) From now it is perfect

Pratham
October 31, 2014 8:53 am 8:53 AM

@ nirmal and Idea88 I didn’t got any shocking bill since i have opted for LOOP 99 MNP plan but in first bill it is calculated on pro rata basis so you don not get 1GB benefit in first bill

idea88
October 29, 2014 11:36 pm 11:36 PM

i also got unbilled ammt 242 .in 6dys. where is my ac???

Nirmal
October 30, 2014 12:46 am 12:46 AM

Guys I received first bill from Rcom of Rs 625.00 and I contacted Customer care and as per their knowledge 1st 50 MBs are charged @Rs 10 per MB so it is showing 512Rs + service and same will be waived off after raising the request. So keep watch on your first bill. Idea88 in your case you have consumed 24.2 MBs please check in your mobile – setting – data usage.

Pratham
October 29, 2014 11:42 pm 11:42 PM

Go to Reliance Website and register your self on MY ACCOUNT

Nirmal
October 17, 2014 12:32 am 12:32 AM

Thanks Pratham for the info. I have got Rs1000 credit limit for unbilled amount but per MB it is charging 10Rs. So if I use 100 MB than it will cross my credit limited of 1000 but if I consumes 1024 (1GB) data then unbilled amount would be Rs 10,000.00. It happens with you also? Please reply

joy
October 13, 2014 8:41 pm 8:41 PM

Kindly confirm 10 times with Reliance guys that they will give you 99 plan. In my case they activated 350 plan without my knowledge whereas I had clearly mentioned that I want 99 plan.Now they are saying it will automatically get converted to 99 plan in 7 days.
Reliance has hired magicians I suppose. Ek din company ko gayab kar denge.

Nirmal
October 14, 2014 12:12 am 12:12 AM

Yes it is correct. After port in to rcom default plan is activated, in my case 125 was activated but We need to chase the rcom mobile store ( where we submitted doc) to change the MNP_LOOP_99

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