Airtel hikes Roaming Pack charges in Delhi, reduces validity period

By October 12th, 2015 AT 10:09 AM

Bharti Airtel, the market leading telecom operator in the Delhi & NCR circle, has now made a revision in National Roaming Packs, making them costlier as compared to earlier.


As per the latest revision data, the telco has slashed the benefits of Rs. 21 pack, which was offering 28 days validity earlier, will now provide only tariff validity of just 14 days . However, has launched another pack priced at Rs. 35, which will offer free incoming calls for 28 days.

Price Calling Rates Old Validity New Validity
Rs 21 Roaming Tariff – Incoming Free in UP(East+West), Bihar & Jharkhand,West Bengal, Kolkata, Haryana, Rajasthan,

Outgoing [email protected] 80p/min, [email protected]/min

28 Days 14 Days
Rs 35 New Launched 28 Days

A few weeks back, Vodafone introduced Special Roaming Minute packs for the Delhi circle. The Delhi & NCR region comprises of a significant population of working professionals, students and other migrant laborers, who travel across the country. With the onset of next few months long festive seasons, the number of people moving in and out of the region increases. So this higher pricing wi surely make an impact to those user’s

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They are only increasing the charges but decreasing the services and in delhi now airtel is worst telecom service provide specially in east delhi


All this is a fault with the way things are set up. Networks in India are divided on the basis of telecom circles (ie states). So airtel Delhi is a totally separate network from airtel Haryana. The core network elements, like MSC, HLR are different. Same is the case for all circles all over India. Any call made by a Delhi customer while roaming needs to be routed back to the Delhi network and then forwarded to the recipient. Thus operators have a reason to charge customers. However other countries, like the US, UK even China, use a single network… Read more »


What will be the case if a airtel India customer roams in airtel sri lanka?.


Calls made from Sri Lanka will be routed back to India and then forwarded to receiver. This is why per min int’l roaming charges are like buying onions! 😀


No man. Calls within srilanka using fraudtel India sim costs Rs.5 and all calls to India are charged Rs.10 !!!


@Colorado – even this is incorrect : calls made while on Roaming (National or International) are routed through the visited network. eg: Airtel AP customer travels to Vodafone UK and makes a call : the call will be routed thru the Voda UK network to its Destination (could be Local, within UK, to India OR any other country).

>> Calls made from Sri Lanka will be routed back to India and then forwarded to receiver.


Exactly right!
That is the reason why operators are justified charging roaming rates especially when inter circle portability is in place. The dual work of switching calls making network more loaded. So overall, its a strategy to discourage users from permanently using their SIM in roaming circles. Else people would have brought SIM from c circles and would have used in Delhi and cheap rates. This is the also reason why free roaming isn’t at all feasible in country like India.

And for extra info, even Russian federation has roaming. I have also heard that china too charging state roaming.


@Colorado this is not true. While on Roaming an outgoing call made is routed from the current location / network. eg: Airtel AP Customer in Airtel Delhi makes a call. This will be routed from the Delhi MSC (Switch) to the location. The call could be a local or STD or even ISD call.

>> Any call made by a Delhi customer while roaming needs to be routed back to the Delhi network and then forwarded to the recipient.


What will be the case of RLH circles Tamilnadu and Chennai in which the 4 oldies (Aircel, airtel, BSNL and vodafone) have different MCCs?.

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