No more roaming charges will be applicable from next year,it will helps to reduce your phone bill while you are moving outside of your home state.
“From next year..our secretary has told you that it will be free from next year,” communications minister Kapil Sibal said in press conference Monday.
What is roaming
Its a extra charge taken by the telecom operators for Call and SMSs while subscribers moving from his/her home state circle(from where Sim card was bought) to other state or telecom circle.
To abolish the roaming charges and make people to use one number around the country,’One Nation One Number’ policy was approved by Indian Telecom Authority in May 2012.
At present,mobile subscribers pay 60 paisa per minute for normal call at home state while in others state call charges increases to Rs.1.25 or Rs.1.50 per minute due to Roaming charges.It causes headache for extra call charge as well as force to use roaming state Sim card for minimizing the extra cost.
“Our data suggests that only 10% of customers roam nationally.While the move is welcome, you are making the industry go through a churn for something that benefits only 10% of customers,” said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India.
The process will take time to reconfigure the infrastructure.TRAI will discuss with telecom company to finalize the next move.
Call charges decrease drastically and roaming charges are very low now, Abolishing the roaming charge will reduce Telecom operators current revenue.Service providers would loss around 20 paisa per minute while calling from roaming area.