Roaming SMS charges set to drop

Telecom operators are ready to reduce Roaming SMS tariff after being warned by Telecom regulator (TRAI) for overcharging. At present, a phone call is cheaper than an SMS for roaming customers, because competition has forced telecom companies to keep call rates low.


When a customer is traveling out of his home network, roaming tariffs apply.For instance, a Vodafone subscriber in Delhi, using the services of his operator, while in Mumbai, he would pay roaming charges.

Most of Telecom operators (except MTNL and BSNL) charge between Rs 2.40 and Rs 2.50 for Roaming SMS with private Telecom Operators Current roaming SMS rates is higher than tariffs for phone calls. From May, maximum charges for an SMS on roaming would be Rs 1.50.However MTNL/BSNL charge just Rs1 for Roaming SMS so it’s not going to impact much.

“We have made it clear to all operators that the current tariff structure for text messages on roaming is not acceptable. We have said that SMSs cannot be priced higher than tariffs for voice calls on roaming. Operators have got the message and have informed us they will reduce SMS tariffs for roaming customers from May 2009,” the telecom regulator TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra told to Media reporters.

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May 3, 2009 4:59 pm 4:59 PM
dear peater & atul keep in mind not everyone have gprs enabled mobile phone and time is most valuable thing for us. sending sms by 160by2 or other free sites not as convenient as you cellphones write message option if any one want to send sms he have to open a site and than enter user name an password and after it message sending options will be appeard with a lot of split advert links. it will take aproximately five minutes so you can judge about these advert purpose sites which have a characters limit of 80 or 90 characters… Read more »
April 25, 2009 11:04 pm 11:04 PM

BSNL and MTNL are the only operators in India whose post-paid,pre-paid and roaming charges are transparent.Transparency is the key to success of both these operators who have reposed their faith in people of India.Thats why BSNL is in telecom scenarion for over 150 years(DOT previously).

March 23, 2009 6:58 pm 6:58 PM

Biggest joke of the year Peater,
Only fools will reply SMS messages if he or she is on roaming or like Peater said if it’s that urgent there are free sms websites 160by2 way2sms and lots more which will help us keep connected on roaming