FREE National Roaming by October 2013 : Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal

Telecom minister Kapil Sibal today said that mobile phone consumers will get Free National Roaming Facility across India by October 2013 as announced in National Telecom Policy (NTP) 2012.

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However Kapil Sibal could not specify the exact dates for the launch of  Free National Roaming Service in India, but said that “FREE Roaming will certainly be in place by the month of October, 2013”. With this service, the roaming charges on Incoming calls are waived and mobile users in all telecom circles will be able to get FREE incoming calls while traveling to any other circles across India.

India’s  National Telecom Policy 2012 was approved by the Central Government in May 2012 and under the policy, the Government had said that national roaming would be made free with the introduction of concept of “One Nation, One License” which was expected in March 2013.

However all mobile service providers (except Reliance Mobile) including leading operators like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Idea Cellular had been opposing Free roaming in the consultation process by Telecom regulator TRAI and said that it will hit their margins badly and outgoing call rates may be increased.

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Radha Donti
November 27, 2014 4:10 pm 4:10 PM

I want a clarification of one sim one nation!!!!! Finally when was it implemented.

May 14, 2014 7:15 am 7:15 AM

sir kya ap muje bata sakte h ke uninor pe punjab me roaming free ho sakti h .
or punjab me up ki sim idea network par chal rahi h kya iski roaming free ho sakti h pls …….

Vikram Soni
May 10, 2014 11:29 am 11:29 AM

Sirf roaming coming free ho jaye roaming outgoing ke charges chahe kuchh bhi le .
government bhi kuchh nahi kar rahi h yeh government hi crypt h companies kya karegi
yeh sab spectrum ghotalo ki badolat h

March 9, 2013 9:43 am 9:43 AM

kya farak padta hai,roaming or local plan same ho gaya h.
.90pm local std .roaming also 1re min,

2012 oct to 2013.
Its a election plan

March 7, 2013 10:08 am 10:08 AM

Now october, roaming will never be free. In October, the date will be postponed to March and in March to October and election will come in which congress would lose and new party would come who would reverse/ stop all the plans!

March 11, 2013 4:52 pm 4:52 PM

Roaming should NOT be free – till such time as OG rates are made Rs 5/min (Local & STD) with Rs 3/min (Local & STD) for users of Tariff Cutters – in UAE one call costs 1.00 AED (Rs 15). If INDIA is not a Papuper Nation why not 1/3rd the tariff here ???

March 13, 2013 8:07 pm 8:07 PM

very silly comment. looks inspired by congress party. dear if currency there is one AED then customers pay 1 unit but india customer also pays 1 unit. if you are not agree than tell telecom operators to pay its employees also in AED rather than rs.
very unfortunate you r getting in dollars from customers and paying employees in rupees. tell me why?

March 6, 2013 6:16 pm 6:16 PM

BSNL offers FREE ROAMING. Refer for the particular circle

March 6, 2013 10:26 am 10:26 AM

It is rediculous to make the roaming free when all the prices of each and every commodity is increasing by leaps and bounds in the UPA regime.You make the necessities of common man cheap by reducing serrvice tax/sales tax , income tax etc., and let the roaming charges be there.Where is the question of one license and one India concept when the operators are allowed to chose poafitable circles before bidding.Roaming is not the common man’s necessity and it is business man’s necessity.Let them pay.

March 11, 2013 4:53 pm 4:53 PM

1st Sensible Comment on this entire Post !!!

March 6, 2013 9:56 am 9:56 AM

With Election 2014 around the corner and nothing on hand to brag about, they have to impose this all kind of scheme. along with the national roaming the carrier will be bound to raise the call cost. so ultimately its to back square one.

Sam From Kashmir
March 5, 2013 10:56 pm 10:56 PM

Bring Aircel Free Roaming Plans newlly Launched and Enjoyed at 1 Paisa tariff

March 5, 2013 8:42 pm 8:42 PM

Totally Mismanagement….wastage of resources…..


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