TRAI Allows Mobile Operators to Offer Combo Recharge

India’s telecom watchdog  TRAI allowed mobile operators to offer Combo Recharge Vouchers for prepaid subscribers that will provide dual benefit to consumers.

Combo Vouchers (Talk Time + Special Benefits for Voice/SMS/Data) would provide more flexibility to the mobile service providers to offer innovative bundling of the products based on market segmentation. Further, use of Combo Vouchers afford the subscriber convenience of purchasing additional monetary value as well as well as getting benefit of special tariffs through a single transaction

As of now only three categories of vouchers, namely Plan Vouchers, Top-ups and STVs were  permitted  by TRAI as per new guidelines issued in January 2012 under TELECOM CONSUMERS PROTECTION REGULATIONS 2012.

There have been demands from several service providers and Cellular Operators Association of India to allow a fourth category of vouchers (Combo Vouchers). The Combo Vouchers would be an additional category of vouchers under the TCPR that would provide monetary value and tariff concessions through a single voucher.

TRAI  permits the Combo Vouchers as a fourth category of vouchers with certain safeguards to ensure that Top Up Vouchers are clearly distinguishable to subscribers. Top-Up Vouchers will be exclusively available in denomination of Rs.10 and multiples thereof. The Combo Vouchers will be available only in denomination other than Rs.10 and multiples thereof.

The Combo Vouchers which are in physical form will bear a Blue colour band whereas the Top-Up Vouchers will bear a green colour band. The Combo Vouchers will also clearly mention the terms and conditions of offer so that consumers can make an informed choice. In addition, service providers will also mention the availability of standalone top up vouchers whenever combo vouchers are publicised.

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October 26, 2012 8:53 pm 8:53 PM

Anirban Das :

Gourav :
can anybody tell me if i m using docomo’s 25 STV which is giving benefit of 10p/min local tata to tata & 20p/min std tata to tata then can i use STV 19 all local 1p/2sec along with this pack simultaneously?

No, 2nd STV will dominate the 1st one. So, you will not be able to get the benefit of 1st STV, in all circles of TATA.

You wrong I have done the recharge and out work if you don’t trust then give it a try its just a matter of 19INR

October 26, 2012 11:05 am 11:05 AM
Anand : This is not at all any news. Please see market before posting. Something of this type is already available in market for quite a sometime now. Tata Docomo – 250 recharge -> 1GB 3G data + full talktime (TV ad) Vodafone – 502 recharge -> 500MB 3G data, 500 L+S Mins, 500 L+N SMS Airtel – 11,34 recharge -> calls + SMS.. So if this wasn’t allowed before, almost all operators were doing it illegally. As per the TRAI norms , no company can offer monetary value(talktime in Rs) in a STV, but they can offer freebies in… Read more »
October 24, 2012 7:52 pm 7:52 PM

Fourth category of vouchers (Combo Vouchers), well what next ? Of course 5th one – which may be like “buy one, get one -free” type ! Many manufactures nowadays offer cell phones on this line and also with “bundled plans and tariffs with validity”. The operators are not leaving any stone upturned !!!!! Good omen especially in the present situation of “mengaayi” (price-rise)!